Friendship Christian coach Ben Johnson threw a change-up at Trousdale County on Friday night, but the Yellow Jackets came away from the Bay Family Sportsplex with a 46-31 victory.
Johnson, whose Commanders lost at Trousdale about 10 days ago, had Friendship packed in a 1-3-1 zone to open the game. But the Yellow Jackets eventually found an open area from the left baseline and led 13-2 at the first-quarter break.
"We played them man last time," Johnson said after Friendship fell to 0-6. "This time we were trying to slow them down.
"It gave them trouble. I was proud of the guys. They played hard."
Trousdale took a 23-8 lead into halftime and a 33-18 advantage going into the fourth. The Commanders cut the margin to eight with a couple of minutes to play before committing three straight turnovers. The Yellow Jackets, who scored no field goals in the fourth, sank 13 of 19 free throws to seal the deal.
Christian Lauderdale led Trousdale with 21 points, including eight in the first quarter and 11-of-15 from the line.
Andrew Wood finished with 15 points and fellow post Gregory Elliott 11 for Friendship. Tyler Alverson and Brady Stovall each scored two and Mackey Bentley a free throw.
FCS will travel to Columbia Academy next weekend for a classic. The Commanders will take on Middle Tennessee Christian at 1:30 p.m. next Friday and host CA on Saturday.
Surging Central reaches Heritage final
MARYVILLE — Sometimes, getting away from home is a good idea.
Wilson Central's boys played their second straight strong game in the Heritage Christmas Tournament, reaching tonight's final with a 75-53 semifinal victory over Halls on Friday.
The Wildcats climbed to 5-3 and will face Union County at 7:30 p.m. CST tonight.
"It's always good to take our kids out," Wildcats coach Troy Bond said. "They're around each other all the time and get our game back. We hadn't played very well, even the games we won, we hadn't played well.
"Up here, we've played much better, playing a lot harder, more in sync, playing more like Wilson Central is used to playing."
Jacob Williams's 22 points, including a pair of three-pointers, led Central. Ben Palmer powered in 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. A.J. Franklin added 11 points while Jon Rosshirt racked up five assists as he and Deante Miller each tossed in 10. Preston Reed finished with four points.
Central has been without senior swingman Matthew Hall, who turned his ankle last Friday against Lebanon and will probably be out another week, Bond said.
Braxton Moore sank six three-pointers, half of them in the final couple of minutes, to lead Halls. Peyton Booker tossed in 10.
Central led 17-11 following the first quarter, 36-28 at halftime and 56-35 going into the fourth.
Bears fall short to Brentwood
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet's boys fell behind Brentwood early but could only shave off part of the deficit in succumbing 49-46 Friday night in the Chick-fil-A Classic.
Brentwood jumped to an 18-10 first-quarter lead. Mt. Juliet trimmed the margin to 27-22 by halftime and 39-33 going into the fourth as the Golden Bears fell to 3-7.
Jalen Lawson sank a pair of three-pointers in leading Brentwood with 13 points while Lucas Adcock added 12.
Daniel Schroder scored 16 points and James Womack 11 for Mt. Juliet. John Mark Bell knocked down nine points while Reagan Johnson finished with four, Nolan Chowbay three, Austin Brown two and Ben Harned a free throw.
Mt. Juliet will wrap up the classic tonight with a 6 p.m. game against Hunters Lane. Brentwood will take on LaVergne at 3 p.m, followed by Dickson County's girls against Rossview at 4:30.
Saints drop close contest at RBS
RED BOILING SPRINGS — The Mount Juliet Christian boys lost a nailbiter, 52-49, at Red Boiling Springs on Friday night.
The game was tight the entire night. It was tied at 10 after the first period and was knotted at 30 after three quarters. MJCA (8-6) led 23-21 at halftime.
Zack Jones had 24 points to lead the Saints while Newman Ward added 13. Nathan Green had five points while Wyatt Oberg (three points), Logan Anderson (two) and Justice Willis (two) rounded out the scoring.
Brice Crouch led RBS with 18 points while Nick Deckard added 16.
The Saints will play host to Eagleville on Jan. 6.
Shouse's 27 leads McClain to first win
FAYETTEVILLE — McClain Christian's boys collected their first win of the season Friday night, 70-62 at Riverside Christian.
The Bulldogs battled back from an 18-10 first-quarter deficit to tie 46-46 going into the fourth as they improved to 1-7.
"It's great to get our first win," McClain coach Scott Liptrap said. "I'm very proud of how hard our kids have worked. They deserve to have the reward.
"It was a tremendous team effort on defense that led to the majority of our points coming in our transition offense."
Eli Shouse scored 27 points for McClain while Charlie Booher finished with 14 and Anthony Heffner 12 with 11 rebounds.
McClain will return to the court Jan. 6 at Franklin Classical.