Anastasia Hayes was too quick and too hot for Lebanon to handle Tuesday night as Hendersonville pulled away to 71-47 victory at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Hayes, a freshman who played as an eighth-grader at Goodpasture last year, totaled 26 points to lead the Lady Commandos.
After a close first 10 minutes, Hendersonville used a 7-0 run to open a 26-17 lead midway through the second quarter. The Lady Commandos stretched the margin to 51-32 late in the third before Madison Sloan keyed an 11-1 Lebanon run which drew the Devilettes within 52-43 early in the fourth period.
But Hendersonville closed the contest with a 19-4 run as the Lady Commandos climbed to 7-1 for the season in the District 9-AAA opener for both teams.
In addition to Hayes, Hendersonville also received a pair of three-pointers apiece from Carleigh Short, Joslyn Jarrett and Kayla Twardzik. Big girl Ramia Lloyd tossed in 10 and fellow post Emily Hatfield had eight.
Sloan tried to get Lebanon back in the game with 18 points, including 14 and two triples in the second half. Jameka Dowell dropped in eight points, Morgan Bruce and Kelsey Yarbrough seven each, Kristen Dedman three and Jordyne Denney and Kendra Brown two apiece as the Devilettes dropped to 2-4.
Lebanon will travel to Wilson Central on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. game.
Lady Wildcats roar from behind in second half for 9-AAA opening road win
HENDERSONVILLE — Wilson Central’s girls outscored Beech by 10 points in the second half Tuesday night to pick up a District 9-AAA road win in the league opener 55-48.
The Lady Wildcats led 15-8 following the first quarter before Beech used a 19-9 second to go up 27-24 by halftime. A 14-7 Central surge in the third put the visitors up 38-34 going into the fourth as WCHS improved to 3-1.
Kendall Spray, coming off a second-degree sprain in her upper calf sustained a week ago, scored 20 points and Kayla Jackson 17 as each sank three 3-pointers for Central. Dominique St. Louis added eight points while Hailey Averitt, Rachel Burkett and Addison Byrd each dropped in a three and Hannah Brewer a free throw.
“They did a good job of sagging and helping out on St. Louis [in the post],” Lady Wildcats coach Bud Brandon said. “It was a staple team win. It’s a tough place to play to go to Beech.
“I’m proud of the girls. They’ve worked hard.”
CheyAnn Neal nailed four threes in leading the Lady Buccaneers with 14 points while McKenna Taylor tossed in 13.
Wilson Central will play its home opener Friday when Lebanon comes in for a 6:30 p.m. game.
Late 3-point plays lift Lady Commanders to first win
HARTSVILLE — Three-point plays by Abby Hinton and Hailey Pittman in the final 1:30 lifted visiting Friendship Christian to its first win of the season 36-34 at Trousdale County on Tuesday night.
The Lady Commanders led 9-4 in the first quarter and 19-15 at halftime before the Lady Jackets used an 11-4 third to buzz in front 26-23.
Hinton and Taylor Patterson each poured in nine points for Friendship while eighth-grade twins Hailey and Ashlyn Pittman put in eight and six, respectively. Rebecca Pettross finished with four as the Lady Commanders climbed to 1-4.
Friendship will play host to Pope John Paul II at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bay Family Sportsplex in a game moved from PJPII’s Hendersonville campus. Also, FCS’ East-Middle District 1-A game with Donelson Christian, postponed last Friday by the threat of wintry weather, has been rescheduled for Jan. 27.
Lady Bears roll to district-opening win
GALLATIN — Mt. Juliet rolled to victory in its District 9-AAA opener 64-43 over Gallatin on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bears led 11-7 following the first quarter, 30-18 at halftime and 45-23 through three periods as they improved to 6-1.
Forward Raeyana DeGray led the Lady Bears with 18 points while center Sally McCabe collected 12 and guard Ashley Roby 11, including a pair of three-pointers. Kyia Waller notched nine, Summer Adams six, Ronjanae DeGray four, Savannah Sanders a three and Haley DeWitt a free throw.
Forward Sydney Rice led the Lady Wave with 14 points.
Mt. Juliet will play host to Portland at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Zion pulls away from Lady Saints late
MT. JULIET — Zion Christian’s girls broke open a close game in the second quarter and put away Mt. Juliet Christian in the fourth of a 42-29 triumph Tuesday night.
The visiting Lady Eagles used a 15-5 second quarter to turn a 7-5 edge into a 22-10 halftime lead. After Mt. Juliet Christian used a 12-7 third to close within 29-22, Zion closed out the Lady Saints with a 13-7 fourth as MJCA slipped to 7-4.
Oyin Aderoba finished with 15 points and Cathrine Upshaw 13 for Zion.
Caroline Scott, Meredith Orr and Lauren Wankel each scored seven points for the Lady Saints while Amanda Wall finished with four, Carly Hummel three and Abi Hildabrand a free throw.