Lady Commanders collect second win

Central girls rally to advance to Heritage final
Dec 20, 2013
Trousdale County’s Michaela Hawkins and Friendship Christian’s Rebecca Pettross [21] battle for a loose ball which slips behind Pettross under the Lady Commanders’ offensive goal during the second quarter.

Friendship Christian’s girls pulled away from visiting Trousdale County late in the third and fourth quarters of a 42-31 victory Friday night at the Bay Family Sportsplex.


The Lady Commanders led 22-21 coming out of halftime and Trousdale briefly tied the score in the third quarter. But Rebecca Pettross scored seven of her nine during the third which ended with an Abbey Hinton jumper at the buzzer and a 32-25 lead.


Friendship widened the margin further in the fourth as the Lady Commanders climbed to 2-5 for the season, with both wins coming over Trousdale.


Eighth-grader Ashlyn Pittman put in half of her 12 points during the first quarter which ended with Friendship in front 10-9. The Lady Jackets led briefly during the second period.


Hinton led the Lady Commanders with 13 points while
Taylor Patterson finished with five, Rachel Jones two and Hailey Pittman a free throw.


No one scored in double figures for Trousdale County.


Friendship will play in the Columbia Academy Classic next weekend. The Lady Commanders will face Middle Tennessee Christian at noon Friday and take on host CA at 4 p.m. Saturday. The boys’ teams from the respective schools will follow on both days.


Lady Wildcats claw back in fourth to reach Heritage title tilt


MARYVILLE — Wilson Central’s girls stormed back in the fourth quarter to overtake Morristown East 64-57 and earn a berth in tonight’s Heritage Christmas Tournament.


The Lady Wildcats outscored East 26-12 in the fourth quarter to climb to 7-1 for the season. They will play at 6 p.m. CST tonight against host Heritage for the championship.


“Probably played as well as we played all year,” Lady Wildcat coach Bud Brandon said. “Late in the game we stepped up and hit free throws.


“It wasn’t like we were pressing and getting them to turn the ball over. We hit some baskets and free throws and played good defense. We didn’t do a good job blocking out in the first three quarters. The last quarter, we started blocking out and hitting the basket.”


East led 15-12 following the first quarter before the teams went into halftime tied 29-29. The Lady Hurricanes blew out to a 45-38 lead going into the fourth period.


Rachel Burkett helped key the Lady Wildcat comeback with two three-pointers and six free throws in the fourth. She finished with three triples in as many shots on her way to 15 points.


Hannah Brewer supplied 16 points, including hitting 4 of 5 from three-point range, while chasing Whitney Donaldson in a box-and-one.


Center Dominique St. Louis led the Lady Wildcats with 18 points while Kendall Spray scored seven and Addison Byrd and Kayla Jackson four each.


Donaldson dropped in 20 points, including four three-pointers, from inside and out for East. Jordan Hayes also hit a pair from downtown on her way to 19.


Lady Bears rout Dickson County


MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet’s girls roared past Dickson County 66-25 Friday night in the Chick-fil-A Classic.


Playing their only game in the two-night classic, the Lady Bears led 19-4 following the first quarter and 39-9 at halftime as they improved to 8-1.


Sally McCabe scored 18 points in the post for Mt. Juliet while forward Raeyana DeGray finished with 15 and Savannah Sanders 14, including four three-pointers. Ashley Roby racked up nine points, Ronjanae DeGray eight and Summer Adams and Tavie Bell two each.


No one scored in double figures for Dickson County.


Mt. Juliet will next play in the Warrior Classic at Riverdale’s Johnny Parsley Gym in Murfreesboro next weekend. The Lady Bears will face Memphis Central next Friday and Memphis East the following day.


MJCA girls lose at Red Boiling Springs


RED BOILING SPRINGS — Red Boiling Springs’ girls won a 30-14 defensive struggle over Mt. Juliet Christian on Friday.


The Lady Bulldogs, who rolled past McClain Christian on Thursday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, led 3-2 following the first quarter, 10-6 at halftime and 18-8 going into the fourth.


Mayson Burgener’s nine points led the Lady Bulldogs.


Caroline Scott and Lauren Wankel each finished with four points for Mt. Juliet Christian (9-5) while Carly Hummel, Meredith Orr and Amanda Wall each added two.


Mt. Juliet Christian is off for the holidays and will return to the court Jan. 6 at home against Eagleville.


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