After a slow start, Mt. Juliet Middle’s girls are on a roll.
The Lady Bears blew out host Walter J. Baird 51-11 Thursday night for their eighth straight win following a 1-4 start which included three overtime losses.
Afterward, Mt. Juliet’s boys completed the sweep with a 43-24 triumph.
Sydney Throneberry tossed in 12 points to lead the Lady Bears while point guard Monako Woods, who has been hampered by injury most of the season, notched nine. Kathryn Bean, Madison Hardy and Peyton Brumbach each scored six, Natalie Sims five, Julia Maki three and triplets Alex and Gentry Houston [the third sister is a team manager] two each.
Mt. Juliet’s boys used a 10-0 second quarter to turn a 9-8 edge into a 19-8 halftime lead. The Golden Bears widened the margin even further to 34-15 going into the fourth.
Tony Thompson hit all eight shots from the floor and secured a team-high seven rebounds in leading Mt. Juliet with 20 points while Ethan Smith sank three 3-pointers and a free throw for 10. Aiden Raines finished with five points and five steals while Zac Whitaker and Grant Phelps each threw in three points and Carter Cavin two.
Dylan Alsup’s 12 points paced Walter J. Baird. Tavarus Booker added eight points and a game-high eight rebounds while Eli McDearman dropped in a three and Daniel Covile a foul shot.
Mt. Juliet will travel to Southside on Monday night, play host to Christiana in a makeup game Tuesday before awaiting a visit from crosstown rival West Wilson next Thursday at Tommy Martin Gym. All girls’ tipoffs will be at 6 p.m.
Winfree Bryant sweeps C-O
Winfree Bryant swept a double header from visiting Carroll-Oakland on Thursday with the host Aviators prevailing 37-25 after the girls won 43-32.
Kito Aruh finished with 14 points and Kemon Neuble nine for the Aviators, who pulled even at 6-6 for the season.
Noah Mulaski poured in 19 points and Dustin Hulse the other six for Carroll-Oakland.
The Lady Aviators led 18-5 following the first quarter, 24-12 at halftime and 33-20 through three as they moved to 5-8.
Center Samantha Newton knocked down 20 points while point guard Maleigha Oldham threw in 13 for Winfree Bryant. Emily Jones scored six and Katie Smith four.
Allissa Mulaski sank five three-pointers in leading the Lady Eagles with 20 points. P.J. Tomlinson, Aaryn Grace Lester and Rebecca Brown each finished with four points.
Winfree Bryant will go to Watertown on Monday with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m.
Friendship boys hold off Ezell-Harding
ANTIOCH — Friendship Christian’s boys held off host Ezell-Harding in the fourth quarter of a 24-21 triumph Thursday night after the Lady Commanders lost 29-16.
The Commanders led 6-5 following the first quarter, 14-8 at halftime and 20-10 through three as they climbed to 6-3.
Hanley Sobieszczyk’s 12 points from the post paced Friendship while Ethan Bult scored six and Ben Jamison, Matthew Skeen and Dillon Holland each had two.
No one scored in double figures for Ezell-Harding, which is coached by former Vanderbilt star Shan Foster.
The Lady Eagles led 8-3 following the first quarter, 14-6 at halftime and 21-8 through three as Friendship fell to 3-6.
Brittany Miller led the Lady Eagles with 11 points in the post.
Lindsey Freeman finished with eight points, Liv Sims six and Kendall Tipton two for Friendship, which will travel to Murfreesboro on Monday for a 6 p.m. double header at Middle Tennessee Christian.
MJCA boys roll to road win
HENDERSONVILLE — Mt. Juliet Christian’s boys took the lead in the second quarter and seized control in the fourth quarter of a 37-24 triumph at Hendersonville Christian on Thursday night.
The Crusaders led 7-5 following the first quarter before Mt. Juliet Christian used a 9-3 second to go in front 14-10 at halftime. The Saints took a 23-13 lead into the fourth and led by as much as 23 down the stretch as they moved to 6-5 for the season and 4-1 in the Greater Nashville Athletic Conference, good for a second-place tie.
Alex Pitman poured in 11 points and Caylor Bates 10, including a pair of three-pointers, for Mt. Juliet Christian. Josh Jose added eight points to go with as many rebounds while Andrew Kittrell finished with four points, Trent Graves three and Noah Michael a free throw.
Mt. Juliet Christian will travel to Nashville tonight for a date at Harding Academy. The girls will tip off at 6 p.m.