Lebanon's boys fell way behind in the first half, battled all the way back to take the lead in the fourth before succumbing to visiting Gallatin 62-56 Friday night at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Moments after between-game Senior Night ceremonies, Gallatin wiped out an early 2-1 Lebanon edge to take command 30-15 in the latter stages of the first half.
"We were settling for tough shots in the first half," said Lebanon coach Jim McDowell, whose Blue Devils got in early foul trouble, giving Gallatin a big free-throw advantage. "We did a better job executing on offense in the second half."
Lebanon roared all the way back to take a 43-42 edge in the fourth on a outback by senior Kadarian Garnett. But following a Blue Devil turnover, Devonte Williams swished back-to-back three-pointers and Gallatin salted the game away from the free-throw line, hitting 8 of 10 down the stretch, to improve to 17-6 for the season and 8-4 in District 9-AAA.
Three Lebanon starters picked up two early fouls each as the Blue Devils were whistled for the game's first eight personals. Gallatin hit 11 of 15 first-half free throws while the Blue Devils were just 2-of-4.
"We changed up our press toward the end of the first half and it enabled us to pressure without fouling too much," McDowell said after his Blue Devils dropped to 13-9, 5-7. "I love aggressiveness, but we've got to do a better job of being physical without fouling."
DeDarius Redding totaled 24 points, including a perfect-10 from the free-throw line, for Gallatin. Williams swished four triples, including three in the fourth, on his way to 16.
Junior Paul Tribble came off the Blue Devil bench to lead Lebanon with 14 points, including four three-pointers. Garnett tossed in 12 while Eddie McDaniels and KeShawn Abston each dropped in a pair of threes as they and Corvell Huddleston had nine points apiece. DaSawn McMurry threw in three.
Six seniors - McMurry, McDaniels, Tribble, Garnett, Jemel Officer, Justin Taylor and Mickell Taylor - were honored before the game with all but Mickell Taylor starting their final home game.
The Blue Devils will play their final three games on the road, starting Tuesday night at Beech.
Wildcats double up Bison
GALLATIN — Nine days after losing at home to Station Camp, Wilson Central's defense was the name of the game as the Wildcats dominated the host Bison 62-31 in District 9-AAA Friday night.
The Wildcats [18-5, 10-2] held Station Camp to only 10 first-half points in building a 24-10 lead at the half. From there, Wilson Central kept expanding the lead, holding the Bison to only seven fourth-quarter points.
Jacob Williams and Ben Palmer outscored Station Camp by themselves, scoring 22 and 15 points, respectively. Matthew Hall added six points while Jon Rosshirt, Casey Brandon and Deante Miller added four points each. Tyler Rogers, Ben Locke and Cortez Owens had two each and Thomas Seber added a free throw.
Williams led Wilson Central with 10 rebounds. The Wildcats had a 36-19 edge on the glass.
Goodpasture drops Watertown
WATERTOWN — Watertown's boys struggled Friday night in a 79-29 loss to visiting Goodpasture.
Dylan Speck led Watertown with nine points while Brandon George added six, Seth Price had four, Ty Jobe had four, Hunter Warren and Lucas Coleman had two apiece and Devin High added a free throw.
Christian Lynn led Goodpasture (20-1, 8-0) with 22 points. The Cougars put the game away with a 28-9 run in the second period, taking a 48-21 halftime lead.
After taking on the chin against District 8-A's newest member, the Purple Tigers [10-12, 5-2] will play host to their oldest rival, Gordonsville, for Senior Night on Tuesday.
FCS falls to Knox. Webb
Gregory Elliott scored 12 points and Andrew Wood added 10 as Friendship Christian fell 69-35 to visiting Knoxville Webb on Friday during homecoming at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Mackey Bentley added seven points while Tyler Alverson, Zach Blair and Michael Hawks added two points apiece.
Webb started fast with a 20-6 lead after one quarter and led 33-16 at halftime.
"We played well in the second quarter and cut it down to 11," FCS coach Ben Johnson said, "and then we had three straight turnovers and then got it back to 17."
FCS (1-17) will play Thursday at Donelson Christian in the East-Middle District 1-A tournament. The time has yet to be determined.
Mt. Juliet holds on
MT. JULIET — Reagan Johnson had 26 points as Mt. Juliet held off Hendersonville in a frenetic fourth quarter to post a 68-61 win in District 9-AAA Friday night.
The Bears (15-9, 8-4) held a 42-34 lead going to the final period, then survived a stand in which 53 points were scored in the final eight minutes.
Daniel Schroder added 14 points while John Mark Bell and Zac Anderson had eight apiece and Nolan Chowbay and James Womack scored six apiece.
Braden White and Jacob McCullough had 25 and 21 points, respectively, for the Commandos (10-12, 2-10). Hendersonville had eight 3-pointers.
Mt. Juliet will play host to Station Camp on Tuesday night.
Saints lose to DCA
MT. JULIET — Newman Ward had nine points and Alex Graves added eight, but it wasn't enough to stop visiting Donelson Christian from claiming a 64-28 win Friday night at Mt. Juliet Christian.
Zack Jones added seven points while Jonathan Correll had two and Wyatt Oberg and Drew Headrick each added a free throw for the Saints (10-13).
MJCA will play in the East-Middle District 1-A tournament next week.
DCA, which was led by Clay Hertel's 31 points, had a 22-9 lead after one quarter and boosted it to 39-16 by halftime.
Second quarter dooms MCA
COOKEVILLE — McClain Christian had a fast start against Daniel 1 Academy but couldn't maintain the momentum in a 61-33 loss on the road Friday night.
McClain led 16-8 after one quarter before the hosts put on a 33-point blitz in the second period to grab a 41-23 lead at halftime. D1A also outscored McClain 17-5 in the third quarter to put the game on ice.
Evan Tubb had 14 points and four rebounds to lead McClain (1-15) while Jon Whitener added seven points and Elis Shouse had five.
McClain will visit Franklin Christian on Tuesday.