GLADEVILLE — In a game of streaks, Dominique St. Louis pushed Wilson Central’s girls across the finish line with a 51-43 win over visiting Lebanon on Friday night.
The Lady Wildcats scored the first 10 points of the game before Lebanon reciprocated with a 13-0 run to go up 20-13. But Central came back with a 12-0 spurt in the second half as St. Louis, who came out after picking up her second foul in the first half, scored 16 of her game-high 25 points in the second half from the post.
“We were up 10-0 and Coach McFarland called timeout and the first thing I told the girls is ‘Get ready, they’re going to come at you hard. They’re over there getting ripped and getting chewed out pretty good’,” Central coach Bud Brandon said after his Lady Wildcats climbed to 4-1 for the season and 2-0 in District 9-AAA. “They did do that… and it’s a ballgame.
“This team has got to learn when you get up, you put the thumb on and you play harder and play smarter and get more consistent about what you do. But I’m proud of the team. This team, when the game gets close, plays harder and goes to another level, so far.”
St. Louis was supported by guard Rachel Burkett’s 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Kendal Spray scored nine and Kayla Jackson seven.
“Tonight was a bright moment for Dominique and her future this year,” Brandon said of the Morehead State-signee. “Hopefully, she’s taken her game to another level.
“When you have a post player like Dominique St. Louis and perimeter people who can shoot it, good things can happen in the future.”
Lebanon’s Madison Sloan found a home in the high post in the second half as she led the Devilettes with 14 points while Kristen Dedman dropped in 11. Kelsey Yarbrough fouled out struggling with St. Louis as she, Morgan Bruce and Kendra Brown each finished with four while Jameka Dowell and Bailey Sells sank three apiece as LHS fell to 2-5, 0-2.
“The third quarter, it was like the air was deflated out of us,” Lebanon coach Courtney McFarlin McFarland [she was married during the offseason]. “Dominique played a good game, but I felt Kelsey, they just had her number tonight. She did about all she could do. I knew when a foul was getting called, it was probably going on 33.”
Lebanon will travel to Macon County today in a 3 p.m. makeup game. Central, which played the first of just eight home games last night, will play host to Arlington at 4 p.m. today.
Tigerettes dominate Merrol Hyde
HENDERSONVILLE — After an even first quarter, Watertown’s girls dominated the final 24 minutes Friday night as the Tigerettes roared past host Merrol Hyde 66-30.
Watertown used an 18-3 second period to obliterate a 14-14 tie and take a 32-17 lead into halftime. The Tigerettes widened the margin to 54-25 going into the fourth.
Bobbi Staats finished with 15 points in the post while Bay Cole collected 14 for Watertown. Mya Huddleston hit a pair of three-pointers on her way to eight while Alicia Jennings and Mya Gaines each scored seven, Dae Dae Nunley six, Jasmine High and Shelby Mofield three apiece, Katie Dalton two and Claire Edwards a free throw.
Annika Coley scored 17 to lead Merrol Hyde, which returned to District 8-A this season after four years away.
Watertown will play host to district rival Red Boiling Springs at 6 p.m. tonight.
Lady Bears pound Portland
PORTLAND — Mt. Juliet had no trouble with Portland in a 57-22 trouncing Friday night.
The Lady Bears led 14-6 following the first quarter before a 22-4 second opened a 36-10 halftime margin as Mt. Juliet moved to 7-1 for the season and 2-0 in District 9-AAA.
Center Sally McCabe scored 16 points while guard Savannah Sanders sank four three-pointers for her 12 and forward Raeyana DeGray dropped in 10. Twin sister Ronjanae DeGray scored seven points, Ashley Roby finished with five, Taylor Bounds a three-pointer and Summer Adams and Tavie Bell two each.
No one scored in double figures for Portland.
Mt. Juliet will play host to the Chick-fil-A Classic next weekend.
MJCA girls top Trousdale
HARTSVILLE — Mt. Juliet Christian’s girls led from the first quarter on in a 35-19 triumph at Trousdale County on Thursday night.
The Lady Saints were up 8-5 following the first quarter, 16-9 at halftime and 29-16 going into the fourth as they improved to 8-4.
Meredith Orr and Lauren Wankel each notched nine points for Mt. Juliet Christian while Amanda Wall scored six, Carly Hummel and Bailey Jarrett four apiece and Caroline Scott three.
No one scored in double figures for the Lady Jackets, who dropped to 0-2.