GREENEVILLE — Wilson Central’s girls dropped a 42-38 thriller to Grainger as the Landair Ladies’ Bank Classic got under way Friday at Hal Henard Hall.
Allison Hodge, who posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, hit the go-ahead jumper to break a late tie and lift the Lady Grizzlies to 11-2 for the season and into tonight’s second-round game against Holy Name [Ohio], a 70-37 winner over West Greene.
The Lady Wildcats will carry a 7-3 mark into today’s 9 a.m. CST consolation contest against West Greene.
Central led 11-7 following the first quarter, trailed 22-19 at halftime and was back in front 30-27 going into the fourth.
Center Dominique St. Louis, who led the Lady Wildcats with 16 points (on 7-of-10 shooting) and 10 rebounds, broke a 33-33 tie on a three-point play with 3:15 left. But Blake Lamb answered with a basket–and-one to re-establish the deadlock.
Grainger missed the back end of a one-and-one with 19 seconds left, but the Lady Wildcats couldn’t connect on a tying three-point shot as they sank six of 25 from long range while the Lady Grizzlies hit 3 of 16.
Kendall Spray scored 10 points for Central while Hannah Brewer and Hailey Averitt each added six. All of them had a pair of 3-pointers.
Wilson Central coach Bud Brandon was philosophical about the loss.
"There were times when we played well," he said. "We just need to more consistent. Grainger's probably the best team we've played. They're 11-2, and I heard they were undefeated last year going to the tournament. So it's not a loss that we're going to hang our heads about.
"We want to win every game, but when you lose to a team like Grainger, you can certainly learn from a game from that."
Bad third quarter drops Devilettes into Lenoir City consolation
LENOIR CITY — The Heritage team which beat Wilson Central for a tournament championship last week denied Lebanon a chance at the Lenoir City Christmas title Friday with a 53-44 victory.
The Lady Mountaineers led 12-10 following the first quarter and 23-22 at halftime before seizing control during a 13-5 third for a 36-27 advantage as they moved into tonight’s final with a 16-1 record.
The Devilettes dropped to 4-7 and into today’s 3 p.m. CST third-place game against last night’s Oak Ridge-Lenoir City loser.
Leah Thomas tossed in two three-pointers for part of her 20 points for Heritage.
Madison Sloan sank a pair of threes in leading Lebanon with 18 points. Kelsey Yarbrough notched nine points, Jordyne Denney eight, Morgan Bruce seven and Kendra Brown two.
Tigerettes trounce Trousdale
WATERTOWN — The Watertown Christmas Tournament is turning into a rehearsal run for the District 8-A season.
The Tigerettes crushed Trousdale County 76-21 Friday afternoon and will face another 8-A rival, Gordonsville, at 1 p.m. today in the fifth-place game. Gordonsville edged Centennial 45-42. Trousdale will take on Centennial in the 10 a.m. seventh-place contest.
Watertown led 22-2 following the first quarter and 42-9 at halftime as they moved to 9-5 for the season.
Alicia Jennings scored 15 of her game-high 25 points in the second quarter, including two of her three 3-pointers, for Watertown. Lauren Robertson racked up three triples and 12 points, all in the fourth quarter.
Dae Dae Nunley scored six of her eight points in the fourth quarter while Mya Gaines and Jasmine High had six each, Bobbi Staats and Shelby Mofield five apiece, Jenna Haun four, Mya Huddleston three and Claire Edwards two.
Bad start puts Friendship behind in loss to MTCS
COLUMBIA — A slow start in the first quarter put Friendship Christian in arrears Friday as the Lady Commanders fell to Middle Tennessee Christian 65-44 in the Columbia Academy Christmas Classic at Anderson Fieldhouse.
The Lady Cougars jumped to a 24-10 first-quarter lead and were up 39-21 at halftime and 48-32 through three as they climbed to 10-3.
Abby Buckner hit five three-point bombs as she and Ashlynd Wilkerson each totaled 24 points for Middle Tennessee Christian. Erin Mullins finished with 14.
Ashlyn Pittman led the Lady Commanders with 14 points while Taylor Patterson put in 11 and Abby Hinton 10. Rebecca Pettross scored six and Rachel Jones three as Friendship fell to 2-6.
Friendship will return today for a 4 p.m. tipoff against host Columbia Academy.
McCabe’s 23 leads Lady Bears past Memphis Central
MT. JULIET — Looking to see different styles of play, Mt. Juliet’s girls found one in 2011 state champion Memphis Central on Friday night in the Warrior Classic.
Fortunately for the Lady Bears, the Lady Warriors are not the team that beat Riverdale in the ’11 state final as Mt. Juliet prevailed 50-34 in Riverdale’s Johnny Parsley Memorial Gym.
Center Sally McCabe led the way with 23 points as the Lady Bears were ahead 30-15 at halftime.
“She’s been pretty consistent this season,” Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer said after his Lady Bears improved to 9-1. “She even hit a big three for us before the halftime buzzer.
Raeyana DeGray added eight points while Ashley Roby finished with five, Tyia Waller and Ronjanae DeGray four each and Skye Riggan and Savannah Sanders a three-pointer apiece.
Mt. Juliet will return to Riverdale today to face another Memphis team, East, at 4 p.m.