What started as a long, cold night in the Bay Family Sportsplex turned interesting before Thursday’s game was finished.
Friendship Christian’s girls cut a 24-point deficit to 10 before running out of time in a 54-39 loss to Pope John Paul II.
The Lady Commanders’ offense was as frigid as the outside temperatures as they fell behind 14-2 in the first quarter and 29-7 at halftime as Pope John Paul’s Kyndal Hale hit four three-pointers as part of her 20 first-half points.
The Lady Knights were up 43-19 going into the fourth even as Friendship’s offense began to thaw out as eighth-grader Hailey Pittman hit a pair of threes during the third.
Friendship continued to heat up in the fourth quarter as center Abbey Hinton had eight of her 13 points in the period. The Lady Commanders climbed to within 47-37 with just over a minute left.
But PJPII got a couple of steals and turned them into points as the Lady Knights returned to Hendersonville 4-8 while Friendship fell to 1-5.
Hale had 20 points when the night was done while Sierra Anglin notched nine of her 11 in the second half for PJPII.
Hinton had 11 of her 13 in the second half for Friendship while Pittman had 10 of her 12 after halftime, including a trio of triples. Twin sister Ashlyn Pittman popped in nine points while veteran Taylor Patterson put in all five of her points in the fourth quarter.
Friendship, whose boys did not play, is off until a visit by Trousdale County to the Sportsplex next Friday for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
Saints shoot down Yellow Jackets behind Willis’ 25
HARTSVILLE — Mt. Juliet Christian’s boys hit 12 three-pointers Thursday night to stay ahead of host Trousdale County in a 63-60 victory in which the boys played first.
Trousdale County led 19-16 following the first quarter before the Saints surged in front 37-32 by halftime and 47-45 going into the fourth. Mt. Juliet Christian led by as much as 10 points in the second half in climbing to 8-4.
Justus Willis sank seven triples in leading Mt. Juliet Christian with 25 points while Newman Ward’s 16 included a pair of threes. Zack Jones added eight, Landon Boyd six on a three and three free throws, Wyatt Oberg and Nathan Green a trey each and Drew Headrick two.
Christian Lauderdale, who kicked a few field goals for Trousdale’s state-champion football team, kept right on scoring in threes with five on his way to 22 points. Ricky Harrison hit two from downtown en route to 16 while point guard C.J. Dickerson dropped in 10 as the Yellow Jackets fell to 1-1.
Mt. Juliet Christian will play host to Red Boiling Springs on Saturday night with the boys following the girls’ 6 p.m. tipoff.
Madison Academy pulls away from McClain boys in second half
MADISON — The second half was troublesome for McClain Christian’s boys in a 73-46 road loss to Madison Academy on Thursday.
The teams were tied 12-12 following the first quarter. Madison used a 29-6 third period to turn a 25-21 edge into a 54-27 runaway as the Bulldogs dropped to 0-5.
“Despite the outcome, it was a great effort from our team,” McClain coach Scott Liptrap said. “We had tremendous contributions from our bench.”
Evan Tubb totaled 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs while Eli Shouse scored nine points and Charlie Booher six.
McClain will travel to McMinnville tonight to take on Boyd Christian.