MT. JULIET — Lebanon’s girls didn’t fall into as deep a hole as quickly Friday night, but the end result was similar to last Saturday as Mt. Juliet rolled to a 78-42 home victory.
The Devilettes fell behind 19-0 last week and were never a factor. This time, Lebanon trailed 7-0 and 9-1, but battled back behind 10 first-period points by Kendra Brown, including a pair of three-pointers.
Two free throws by point guard Jameka Dowell drew the Devilettes within 19-15 late in the first quarter.
But Skye Riggan, who logged considerable extra minutes after starting point guard Ashley Roby went down with an apparent ankle injury less than five minutes in, beat the buzzer with a pullup jumper off the glass.
Eventually, Mt. Juliet’s front line, perhaps one of the strongest around, took its toll on Lebanon as twins Raeyana and Ronjanae DeGray and senior center Sally McCabe, playing with a facemask to protect a nose injured during Tuesday’s win over Wilson Central, took control.
Raeyana DeGray scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as Mt. Juliet took control 48-27 by the break. McCabe scored 17 and Ronjanae DeGray 11.
Riggan racked up four three-pointers on her way to 16 points. Savannah Sanders sank a pair of second-quarter threes for her six while Tyia Waller finished with five and Taylor Bounds two as Mt. Juliet improved to 15-1 for the season and 7-0 in District 9-AAA.
Brown didn’t score after the first quarter but still led Lebanon with 10 points. Madison Sloan added eight, Morgan Bruce seven, Bailey Sells six, Taylor Lebo five, Dowell three free throws, Kelsey Yarbrough two and Ireland Elie a foul shot as the Devilettes dropped to 7-10, 2-5.
Both teams will next travel to Hendersonville – Mt. Juliet at 5 p.m. Monday in a makeup game and Lebanon at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Lady Wlldcats top Hendersonville
GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central tightened up an already close District 9-AAA race, using its rebounding edge and free-throw accuracy to rally and beat visiting Hendersonville 46-35.
The Lady Wildcats trailed 19-12 at halftime, but closed their deficit to only one by the end of the third quarter and then rolled in the fourth to clinch the win.
Kendall Spray had 15 points and Dominique St. Louis had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Wilson Central (13-6, 4-2). Spray had three 3-pointers in the third quarter to spark the comeback.
Kayla Jackson had seven points while Hailey Averitt added six and Addison Byrd had four. Wilson Central had a 35-20 rebounding edge and hit all but one of its 15 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Hendersonville was ranked eighth in the state. The Lady Commandos fell to 14-3, 4-2 in the district.
"We've had some tough games where the girls have to grind it out, and they weren't going to be denied tonight," Wilson Central coach Bud Brandon said. "For this team to get this win, it's great for the program and great for their confidence."
Wilson Central plays Beech at home Tuesday, Station Camp at home Wednesday and at Lebanon on Friday.
Dominant middle quarters key Watertown
WATERTOWN — Watertown's girls had a nice start to their game Friday night, but it was the second and third quarters that got the Tigerettes some separation from visiting Trousdale County.
Watertown outscored Trousdale County 45-12 in the middle quarters, rolling to a 67-31 victory in District 8-A action.
After leading 16-11 after the first eight minutes, Watertown went on a 24-10 run in the second quarter. But if that wasn't enough, the Tigerettes opened the second half by outscoring Trousdale County 21-2 in the third quarter.
By then, Watertown had a 61-23 cushion and never looked back.
Bobbi Staats had 16 points for Watertown. Bay Cole added 12 points, while Dae Dae Nunley added nine, Alicia Jennings had eight, Jenna Haun scored seven, Mya Huddleston had four, Mya Gaines, Shelby Mofield and Lauren Robertson added three and Katie Dalton had two.
Hannah Brooke Ellis led Trousdale County (3-15, 0-6) with 13 points.
Balanced FCS rolls to homecourt win
Friendship Christian's girls showed a lot of balance Friday night against visiting St. Andrew's-Sewanee at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
The Lady Commanders placed four scorers in double figures as they rolled to a 56-17 win, closing the game by outscoring the visitors 20-0 in the fourth quarter.
Abbey Hinton scored 18 points to spark FCS (5-8) while Taylor Patterson and Haley Pittman added 14 points apiece. Ashlyn Pittman was the fourth double-figure scorer, adding 11 points. Rebecca Pettross had the Lady Commanders' other two points.
FCS got off to a good start, taking a 12-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushing in to 28-13 by halftime. It was 36-17 going into the fourth quarter, and St. Andrew's never got any closer.
Michaela Shackelford had seven points to lead St. Andrew's (2-10).