GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central's girls took an early lead, but missing three regulars and facing Mt. Juliet's powerful front line soon took its toll on the Lady Wildcats.
An overflow crowd saw Mt. Juliet pitch a third-quarter shutout to run the table in District 9-AAA with a 61-38 victory Friday night.
Center Dominique St. Louis [shoulder sprain], guard Rachel Burkett [sprained knee] and guard Hannah Brewer [ACL] were in street clothes while two freshmen and a sophomore started in Central's backcourt.
But sophomore Kendall Spray sank a pair of three-pointers and junior Kayla Jackson also scored six in the first quarter as Central seized a 17-11 lead.
But with St. Louis sidelined, Central had no answers for Mt. Juliet twins Raeyana and Ronjanae DeGray and Sally McCabe, all six-footers. But McCabe stepped back and swished a couple of three-pointers during the second quarter. She followed her first triple with a tying layup.
A technical foul on Lady Wildcat coach Bud Brandon sent Ronjanae DeGray to the line for free throws where she sank one to snap a 19-19 tie. Ashley Roby dropped in a three and the Lady Bears never trailed again.
Mt. Juliet put the game away after Ronjanae DeGray outback put the Lady Bears in front 32-26 at halftime. That started a 20-0 run as Central didn't score again until Jackson's three with less than five minutes left in the game.
Ronjanae DeGray dropped in 24 points while McCabe collected 20. Roby racked up three triples for her nine while Raeyana DeGray finished with five and Tyia Waller a three as Mt. Juliet wrapped up a 22-1 season and 14-0 district mark.
Mt. Juliet is expected to play host to Portland in the district tournament opener next Thursday as the top two seeds will host first-round games in their respective brackets with the winners advancing to the semifinals at Beech next Saturday.
Spray finished with four triples in leading the Lady Wildcats with 12 points while Jackson added 11, including a pair of threes. Hailey Averitt finished with five points, Addison Byrd and Piper Elrod four each and Nathalie Ventura two free throws as Central slipped to 16-9, 8-6.
The Lady Wildcats are expected to face Lebanon in the other elimination game at Mt. Juliet next Thursday. Pairings and times will be finalized at the district meeting Monday morning.
With the boys' game being televised live on MyTV30, the 2,300-seat gym was full and the doors were closed during the second quarter of the girls' contest, WCHS athletic director Chip Bevis said.
Sloan's FTs lift Lebanon
PORTLAND — Lebanon's Madison Sloan hit two free throws with 3.2 seconds left as Lebanon's girls rallied to beat Portland, 57-56.
Sloan finished with 30 points to prevent an upset.
Lebanon (12-12, 7-7 in District 9-AAA) trailed 51-46 going into the fourth quarter, but held Portland to only five fourth-quarter points.
Jameka Dowell had nine points while Kendra Brown and Kelsey Yarbrough had eight apiece. Morgan Bruce added the other two points.
Portland (6-19, 0-14) hit 12 of its 19 3-point attempts, including 9-of-13 in the first half. The game was tied at 37 going to halftime.
Mac Stewart led the Lady Panthers with 18 points.
Lebanon will close the regular season at 6 p.m. Monday at White County before opening district tournament play next Thursday.
Tigerettes rally to take season finale at Trousdale
HARTSVILLE — Alicia Jennings had 17 points as Watertown's girls rallied from a lackluster start to beat District 8-A foe Trousdale County, 72-28, on Friday.
Watertown (18-9, 9-1) trailed 12-10 at the end of one quarter and led only 27-20 at halftime, but went on a 17-2 binge in the third quarter and scored 28 points in the final eight minutes to get the win.
Jennings was the only Watertown player in double figures,
Bobbi Staats and Jenna Haun both had nine points while Bay Cole added eight and Shelby Mofield had seven. Other scorers included: Dae Dae Nunnley with six, Jasmine High with five, Claire Edwards with four, Lauren Roberts with three and Mya Gaines and Katie Dalton with two apiece.
Hannah Brooke Ellis had eight points for Trousdale County (5-20, 1-9).
The Tigerettes will be either the No. 1 or 2 seed for next week's district tournament at Watertown and will play in next Friday's semifinal. Trousdale County will play in an elimination game at WHS on Tuesday.