It was the game Courtney McFarland waited all season for.
The Lebanon coach watched her Devilettes take it to visiting Wilson Central from the get-go in a 64-42 win Friday night at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Morgan Bruce bagged three early three-pointers to lift Lebanon to a 15-10 first-quarter lead.
Then it was center Kelsey Yarbrough’s turn. The senior scored four straight baskets and a free throw to open a 25-10 lead. Another three by Bruce and back-to-back baskets by Madison Sloan made it 31-16 at halftime.
Sloan scored eight in the third which ended with Lebanon up 48-28.
“The effort that we gave tonight and the way we executed our game plan, it’s what we’ve been waiting on all year,” McFarland said after her Devilettes improved to 8-11 for the season and 3-6 in District 9-AAA going into tonight’s 6 p.m. makeup game at Gallatin. “Morgan Bruce started us off and I think she hit four threes in the beginning, and that just sets a tone for the rest of your team and gets everybody else up and ready to play.”
Dominique St. Louis was unstoppable for Central when she was in the game with 16 points in the post. But she went to the bench with early foul trouble. When the Devilettes built their lead, coach Bud Brandon brought her back in in a desperate attempt to get back into the contest. She fouled out in the final minute of the third quarter. “Us getting St. Louis in foul trouble really helped our game,” McFarland said. “She’s a really, really good player and has good post moves. I was really proud of my girls for taking it to her.
“We knew once we got St. Louis in foul trouble we could keep taking it to her because she wasn’t going to be able to foul, wasn’t going to be able to body up like she normally does or to try to block those shots. And Kelsey just took it to her and put the ball in the basket. I’m really proud of her hard work. She’s one of the hardest-working kids that I’ve ever seen.”
Sloan scored 18 points while Bruce finished with 15 and Yarbrough 12. Kendra Brown added eight, Jameka Dowell and Bailey Sells four each, Taylor Lebo two and Jordyne Denney a free throw.
“Lebanon played harder than we did,” Brandon said after Central slipped to 14-6, 5-4. “They jumped to the ball, they got loose balls. They played smarter than we did and give Lebanon credit, they had a great game plan and hopefully we can learn from it.”
Addison Byrd scored seven points for Central while Nathalie Ventura supplied six, Rachel Burkett and Kayla Jackson a three-pointer apiece; Piper Elrod, Kendall Spray and Macey McClure two each and Hailey Averitt a free throw.
Central will travel to Hendersonville on Monday for a 6:30 p.m. makeup game.
Tigerettes top Monterey
WATERTOWN — The Watertown girls basketball team made quick work of visiting Monterey Friday night.
Bay Cole had 12 points and Alicia Jennings added 11 as the Tigerettes raced to a 20-5 lead after the first quarter and beat the visitors 57-26.
Watertown pushed its margin to 38-12 by halftime before playing Monterey evenly in the second half.
Jenna Haun had nine points while Katie Dalton and Bobbi Staats had six apiece, Mya Gaines had five, May Huddleston added four, Dae Dae Nunley scored three and Shelby Mofield had a free throw for the Tigerettes.
Watertown (14-6) has won six of its last seven heading into tonight's 6 p.m. game at Smith County.
Jacey Bilbrey and Mckenzie Hite had six points apiece for Monterey (4-20).
Mt. Juliet rolls on the road
PORTLAND — Sally McCabe had 22 points while Ronjanae DeGray added 18 as Mt. Juliet remained unbeaten in District 9-AAA with a 55-35 win at Portland.
Portland kept the game close in the first half, trailing only 15-11 after a quarter and 26-24 going to halftime. But Mt. Juliet turned up the defense in the second half, holding Portland (5-13, 0-8) to only five points in the third quarter and extending the margin to 40-29 by the end of the third period.
Portland had only six points in the fourth period.
Raeyana DeGray added 10 points for Mt. Juliet (17-1, 9-0). Skye Riggan's 3-pointer and Tyia Waller's two points rounded out the scoring for Mt. Juliet.
Mac Stewart had more the half of Portland's points, scoring 18.
Mt. Juliet will travel to Beech on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. game.
MJCA rallies in second half
MT. JULIET — Lauren Wankel had 13 points to lead a balanced attack as Mt. Juliet Christian's girls rallied to knock off St. Andrew's-Sewanee, 41-27, Friday night.
Amanda Wall and Caroline Scott added 12 points apiece for MJCA (12-9, 2-3). Meredith Orr and Sam Stilts had two points apiece.
St. Andrews held a 15-14 halftime lead in a close first half before the Lady Saints took control in the second half. They had a 30-24 lead by the end of the third quarter and moved on to get the victory.
Michaela Shackelford had 12 points to lead St. Andrews (2-12).
Mt. Juliet Christian will play host to Webb at 6 p.m. Monday
FCS falls to Ezell-Harding
ANTIOCH — Abby Hinton had eight points, but the Lady Commanders struggled early and lost to Ezell-Harding, 68-26.
Ezell-Harding led 28-7 after the first quarter and outscored FCS the rest of the way.
Haley Pittman added seven points for FCS (5-10) while Taylor Patterson and Ashlyn Pittman added five points apiece. Rachel Jones added a free throw.
Haleigh Johnson had 21 points to lead Ezell-Harding, reaching 21 points for her career. Ezell is now 16-5, 3-1 in Division II-A).
Friendship will play host to King’s Academy at 5 p.m. tonight at the Bay Family Sportsplex.