GLADEVILLE — Beech’s girls enjoyed fast starts to both halves Tuesday night as the Lady Buccanners held host Wilson Central at bay 54-40.
The Lady Bucs scored the game’s first seven points and never looked back.
After Hailey Averitt’s jumper pulled Central to within 20-17 early in the second half, Beech reeled off 10 straight points and the Lady Wildcats were never able to mount a serious comeback. The Lady Buccaneers kept the home team at bay in the fourth by hitting all 10 free throws.
“It was just a night where Beech, give them credit, came in with their mind set on getting a win,” Lady Wildcats coach Bud Brandon said.
Falon Baker was Beech’s main offensive fuel with 25 points, including three 3-pointers and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Jordan Mueller and McKenna Taylor each tossed in 12 as the Lady Buccaneers improved to 13-8 for the season and 6-3 in District 9-AAA.
“[Baker] just outplayed us,” Brandon said of last year’s district Most Valuable Player. “She’s smart and makes her team go.
“We didn’t have an answer for Falon Baker.”
Kendall Spray sank three 3-pointers in leading Central with 11 points. Kayla Jackson added eight points, Dominique St. Louis six, Averitt five, Addison Byrd four and Rachel Burkett and Piper Elrod three each as the Lady Wildcats fell to 13-6, 4-3 in the district.
Central was without guard Hannah Brewer, who sprained her ACL late in the third quarter last Friday against Hendersonville. Brandon called her the Lady Wildcats’ defensive ace and would probably have been Baker’s defender.
The Lady Wildcats will be right back at it tonight when Station Camp visits for a 6:30 p.m. makeup game.
Hendersonville outlasts Lebanon
HENDERSONVILLE — Hendersonville outlasted Lebanon’s girls Tuesday night in a close game that finished with the Lady Commandos on top 65-53.
The Devilettes kept the game close throughout, only trailing 14-13 at the end of one quarter and 32-30 at the half.
After the third quarter, the margin remained minimal, with the Lady Commandos only leading by three, 45-42.
However, the Devilettes fell short in the final quarter and were outscored 20-11 to put the Lady Commandos on top for a final score of 65-53.
“Pretty much the whole story of the game is we were neck and neck until the fourth quarter and we started fouling and they just hit their free throws,” said Lebanon coach Courtney McFarland.
The Devilettes were led by Madison Sloan, who put up 14 points, followed by Kelsey Yarborough, who added 12. Morgan Bruce and Jameka Dowell both contributed 10 points, with Jordyne Denney adding three and Kendra Brown and Bailey Sells two each.
Anastasia Hayes was the scoring leader for the Lady Commandos, scoring 26 points.
The Devilettes will next face Wilson Central at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Mt. Juliet crushes Gallatin
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet girl’s took home an easy victory Tuesday night, crushing Gallatin 60-17 and only allowing single digit scoring for the Green Wave in each quarter of the game.
The Lady Bears (17-1, 9-0 9-AAA) jumped out to an early 15-6 lead in the first quarter and by halftime the score read 33-8 in favor of the Lady Bears. A 20-point third quarter for the Lady Bears had the Green Wave trailing handily 53-17.
The Lady Bears then shut out the Green Wave in the fourth quarter, sealing their victory, but not before tacking on seven more points to make the final 60-17 in their favor.
Sally McCabe contributed heavily for the Lady Bears, posting 22 points. Raeyana DeGray added 14 points with twin sister Ronjanae adding eight. Tyia Waller also scored five points, Summer Adams four and Ashley Roby and Savannah Sanders three each.
The Lady Bears will travel to Portland on Friday with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m.
Staff Writer Caitlin Rickard contributed to this story. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org