MARYVILLE — Wilson Central’s boys roared to the Heritage Christmas Tournament championship Saturday night with an 83-48 whipping of Union County.
The Wildcats led 19-12 following the first quarter before a 22-9 second period opened a 41-21 halftime bulge. They widened the difference to 65-34 going into the fourth as they climbed to 6-3.
Guards Jon Rosshirt and Jacob Williams led four Wildcats in double figures with 18 points apiece. Rosshirt, who sank all eight of his free throws, racked up six rebounds, five steals and four assists while Williams also secured six caroms.
Another guard, Deante Miller, tossed in 12 points to go with four steals. A fourth guard, A.J. Franklin, finished with 10 points, a game-high seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Ben Palmer and Cortez Owens each added eight points while Jordan Roundtree finished with four, Casey Brandon Central’s only three-pointer and Ben Locke and Jacob Thompson a free throw apiece.
Central will travel to Macon County on Thursday for the Nera White Tournament. The Wildcats will face the host Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Wilson Central coach Troy Bond and Macon’s Jason Welch were together on Randall Hutto’s Lebanon staff in the 1990s.
Central girls fall to host Heritage in final
MARYVILLE — Wilson Central’s girls ran into a home team buzzsaw Saturday night and lost to host Heritage 64-47 in the finals of its tournament.
The Lady Mountaineers led 9-5 following the first quarter, 31-16 at halftime and 43-31 going into the fourth as they improved to 14-1 while Central slipped to 7-2.
“Good things come from adversity,” Lady Wildcat coach Bud Brandon said. “I don’t want to lose anything, but if we can learn from it and get better, I can live with it.”
Heritage forward Kassi Knight knocked down 12 of her 19 points in the second quarter, primarily from around the elbow. Guard Leah Thomas scored 17, sinking 8 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter. Katie Wolfe tossed in 12 from the post as the Lady Mountaineers sank 17 of 21 free throws for the game.
Kayla Jackson threw in 13 points and Kendall Spray 12 as each threw in three 3-pointers for Central. Center Dominique St. Louis dropped in 12 against a physical defense while Hailey Averitt finished with four, Hannah Brewer three, Addison Byrd two and Anna Altman a free throw as the Lady Wildcats connected on 6 of 15 from the line.
Central will return to East Tennessee, and travel a couple of hours further east after Christmas for the Landair Ladies’ Classic in Greeneville’s Hal Henard Hall. The Lady Wildcats will open against Grainger at noon CST Friday.
“Grainger may be the best team we will have faced,” Brandon said. “They have five starters back and they have a really good team.”
Bears battle from behind to beat Hunters Lane
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet’s boys roared from behind in the second half Saturday night to take a 49-46 victory over Hunters Lane in the Chick-fil-A Classic.
The Golden Bears used a 21-14 fourth to launch themselves to their fourth win against seven losses. They fell behind 17-8 in the first quarter and 28-17 at halftime before an 11-4 third period brought them to within 32-28 with eight minutes remaining.
Reagan Johnson poured in 20 points for Mt. Juliet while Daniel Schroeder scored 10, Nolan Chowbay nine, John Mark Bell seven, James Womack two and Ben Harned a free throw.
Austin Carey connected on three 3-pointers in leading Hunters Lane with 15 points while Devine Howard dropped in 12.
Mt. Juliet will travel to Nashville on Thursday for the Father Ryan Christmas Tournament. The Bears will open against Memphis University School at 6:15 p.m.