After leading throughout the first quarter, Lebanon’s girls fell behind in the second and had to play catch-up the rest of the night in a 52-45 homecoming loss to Beech on Friday night at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Lebanon led 16-14 following the first quarter. But Falon Baker scored seven of her 13 first-half points [she led all scorers with 21] in the second quarter while Jordan Mueller scored six of her 10 first-half tallies [she finished with 18] as the Lady Buccaneers opened a 29-21 lead.
The Devilettes committed nine first-half turnovers before Morgan Bruce’s three-pointer drew them to within 29-24 by halftime.
Madison Sloan’s one-handed putback beat the third-quarter buzzer to draw the Devilettes within 40-36.
Bruce, who bagged three triples in leading Lebanon with 15 points, swished her third trey to bring the home team within 42-41 with 2:37 left.
But Mueller converted a pick-and-roll layup on the other end and Ashtin Banks stuck a dagger in the Devilettes with a triple from the corner as Beech improved to 10-7 for the season and 4-2 in District 9-AAA.
Lebanon slipped to 6-8, 1-3 going into tonight’s 6:30 p.m. home makeup game against Mt. Juliet.
Sloan added 11 points and Kelsey Yarbrough 10 before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Two other Devilettes also fouled out in the final minute as Lebanon tried to put Beech on the free-throw line. Jameka Dowell finished with five points and Kendra Brown two.
Longtime Lebanon High and Cumberland University Lewis [Louie] Payton, who died earlier this week, was remembered with a moment of silence before the game.
After the contest, Hope White was crowned homecoming queen and Jarren Stewart the king.
Lebanon also announced its iced-out game at Gallatin has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25.
Wilson Central starts hot, rolls past Portland
GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central’s girls scored the first 14 points of the game and cruised to a 58-33 win over visiting Portland in District 9-AAA action.
Piper Elrod and Dominique St. Louis scored 12 points apiece and Hannah Brewer added 10 for the Lady Wildcats (11-5, 3-1). Brewer also had a team-high eight rebounds and Elrod five assists.
The Lady Wildcats had a 19-2 lead after the first quarter and were ahead 33-9 at the half.
Wilson Central coach Bud Brandon was pleased with the win, and especially happy with the fact his team was able to play a lot of people before it plays at Siegel today at noon.
"We got a lot of people a lot of action," Brandon said. "I thought it one of our better efforts of the year, and a good night. If we can get out younger players more playing time, it's certainly going to help us down the road."
Wilson Central shot 63 percent from the field (20-of-32). Addison Byrd had eight points, Kendall Spray added six on a pair of 3-pointers, Hailey Averitt had four and Kayla Jackson, Lexie Wimberly and Macey McClure had two each.
Christina Herrera had 16 points to lead Portland (5-9. 0-5).
Watertown cruises past Gordonsville
GORDONSVILLE — Watertown’s girls got 17 points from Alicia Jennings and built upon an early lead en route to a 64-43 win over host Gordonsville in District 8-A action Friday night.
Watertown (12-6, 4-1) outscored Gordonsville in every quarter. The Tigerettes had a 14-7 lead after the first eight minutes, then extended it to 32-21 by the end of the first half. The margin to grew to 49-33 going into the final stanza.
While Jennings had the Watertown driving game going, Shelby Mofield had things down on the outside. She had four of the team's five 3-pointers, and finished with 14 points.
Bobbi Staats was the other double-figure scorer, getting 10 points. Jasmine High had nine points, and Bay Cole had Watertown's other 3-pointer and finished with seven.
Katie Dalton (three points), Jenna Haun (two) and Dae Dae Nunley (two) rounded out the scoring for Watertown.
Gordonsville's Charli Vaden had 16 points to lead the hosts.
Watertown will travel to Pickett County on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. game.
FCS falls on the road
DONELSON — Friendship Christian trailed by only one point at halftime, but couldn't maintain its offense in the second half and lost a 40-28 decision at Donelson Christian in the Lady Commanders’ first-ever East-Region District 1-A game.
FCS (2-9) was rolling in the second quarter. It scored 16 points in the period, cutting what was an 8-5 deficit to 22-21 at halftime.
But the Lady Commanders struggled in the second half, scoring only four points in the third quarter as Donelson Christian opened a 33-25 edge going to the final stanza. FCS scored only three points in the final eight minutes.
Eighth-grade twins Ashlyn Pittman and Haley Pittman led the FCS attack, scoring eight points apiece. Taylor Patterson and Abby Hinton supported the Pittmans, scoring six points apiece. Patterson's points came on a pair of 3-pointers, and Haley Pittman also had a pair of triples.
Andrea Grigsby and Cara McCroskey had 13 and 10 points, respectively, for Donelson Christian.
Friendship will remain in district action Tuesday with a 6 p.m. game at Mt. Juliet Christian.
Mt. Juliet dominates Station Camp
GALLATIN — Sally McCabe and Ronjanae DeGray led another impressive performance for Mt. Juliet, which remained unbeaten in District 9-AAA with a 69-32 thrashing of host Station Camp on Friday night.
The Lady Bears, ranked fourth in the state in Class AAA, raised their record to 12-1 (4-0 in the district) with the win.
Station Camp put up a fight early, trailing 15-10 at the end of the first quarter and 31-21 at halftime. But then came the second half, with Mt. Juliet outscoring the hosts 24-5 to turn the game into a rout.
Up 55-26 by the end of the third quarter, Mt. Juliet still outscored its opponent 14-6 down the stretch to punctuate the win.
Ashley Roby added 11 points while Raeyana DeGray and Summer Adams had six and two points, respectively. Roby had two of the Lady Bears' five 3-pointers.
Mt. Juliet will travel to Lebanon for a makeup game tonight. Tipoff will be at 6:30 p.m. at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.