SPARTA — White County’s girls surged in the fourth quarter to a 51-41 win over Lebanon in the Devilettes’ regular-season finale Monday night at Roy Sewell Gym.
Afterward, Cole Vaughn’s runner at the buzzer lifted White County’s boys to a 48-46 victory over the Blue Devils.
The Lady Warriors outscored Lebanon 18-9 in the fourth to blow open a 33-32 edge as the Devilettes dropped to 12-13 for the season.
The game had no effect on Lebanon’s No. 5 seed for the District 9-AAA tournament. The Devilettes will take on No. 4 Wilson Central at 8 p.m. Thursday in an elimination game at Mt. Juliet.
White County leaped to a 17-9 first-quarter lead before Lebanon came back strong in the second, trailing 26-25 by halftime. The teams played to a 7-7 draw in the tird period.
Bella Taylor tossed in 11 points and Loren Foster 10 for the Lady Warriors, who improved to 20-6.
Madison Sloan led all scorers with 18 points for Lebanon while Kendra Brown supplied seven, Morgan Bruce five, Jameka Dowell and Kelsey Yarbrough four each and Kristen Dedman a three-pointer.
The boys were tied 46-46 with a minute left when Lebanon worked the clock down. The Blue Devils started the offense with 12 seconds left. Corvell Huddleston got the ball inside but was called for an offensive foul with six seconds left.
Vaughn inbounded the ball and got it right back. He took it down court and scored on a running left-handed layup as time expired, dropping the Blue Devils to 14-11, having lost 7 of 9.
“We’ve played a lot of good teams during this stretch and we’ve played close ballgames against them,” Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said of the last nine games. “We just have to execute in close situations. At the end of tonight, we had a breakdown defensively, and that’s on me.
“We had a good look [on Huddleston’s foul] at the basket.”
Lebanon will be the No. 6 seed for the District 9-AAA tournament and face Gallatin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Beech.
The teams were tied 13-13 following the first quarter before White County edged in front 20-18 by halftime. Lebanon enjoyed a 23-16 third period to go up 41-36 before the Warriors closed with a 12-5 fourth.
Kodell Henderson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for White County while Cade Croslin connected on three 3-pointers on his way to 13.
KeShawn Abston tossed in two triples as he and Kadarian Garnett each tossed in 10 points for Lebanon. Edie McDaniels scored seven while Paul Tribble hit a pair of threes as he and Huddleston scored six each. DaShawn McMurry finished with five and Drake Allen two.
Central, Mt. Juliet take top 9-AAA honors
Wilson County schools make up 3/8 of District 9-AAA. But Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet swept the league’s top basketball honors during the league’s coaches meeting Monday.
Central’s Troy Bond was named Boys’ Coach of the year and senior guard Jacob Williams Most Valuable Player by the coaches.
Mt. Juliet’s Chris Fryer took the girls’ coaches honor and his center, Sally McCabe, was named MVP.
Wilson County representatives on the boys’ all-district team are Lebanon’s DaShawn McMurry, Central’s Ben Palmer and Jon Rosshirt and Mt. Juliet’s Reagan Johnson and Daniel Schroder.
On the girls’ team are Lebanon’s Madison Sloan, Central’s Kendall Spray and Dominique St. Louis and Mt. Juliet twins Raeyana and Ronjanae DeGray.
Tournament action will begin Thursday with girls’ action at Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville.
All three Wilson teams will be in the Mt. Juliet bracket with Lebanon taking on Wilson Central in the 8 p.m. elimination game. The top-seeded Lady Bears, who went 14-0 in league play during the season, will take on Portland at 6:30. The winners will advance to Saturday’s semifinal round at Beech and move into the Region 5-AAA tournament.
Boys’ single-elimination round action will be at Beech on Friday with winners advancing to Saturday’s semifinals and the regional. No. 6-seed Lebanon will meet No. 3 Gallatin at 5:30 p.m., followed by No. 1 Wilson Central against No. 8 Portland at 7. No. 5 Beech will wrap up the quadruple header on its floor with an 8:30 tipoff against No. 4 Wilson Central.
Tigerettes draw No. 2 seed as 8-A tournament makes final stop at old WHS gym
WATERTOWN — When Watertown opened its new gym in 1983 to replace the New Deal-era Billy Luck Gymnasium, the home of the Purple Tigers became the go-to place for the District 6-A [later 8-A] tournament as it was the only facility in the league’s footprint large enough to host the event.
Friendship Christian, Gordonsville and Trousdale County later built larger gyms to rotate the tournament.
But with Watertown set to relocate to a new campus, and gym, next year, the 31-year-old facility will have one final week of high school hoops and hardwood this week.
Girls’ elimination action will be held tonight with Trousdale County taking on Red Boiling Springs at 6 p.m., followed by Merrol Hyde against Gordonsville at 7:30.
Watertown tied district newcomer Goodpasture atop the district at 9-1 with each winning their series on their home floors. But the Lady Cougars drew the No. 1 seed and will host the Merrol Hyde-Gordonsville winner at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the host Tigerettes against either Trousdale County or Red Boiling Springs at 7:30.
The girls’ consolation and championship games will be played next Monday.
Boys’ action will tip off with the elimination round Thursday. No. 6 Trousdale County will take on No. 3 Watertown at 6 p.m., with the winner taking on No. 2 Gordonsville at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
No. 5 Red Boiling Springs will take on No. 4 Merrol Hyde at 7:30 with the winner catching top-seed [and top-ranked in the Associated Press’ Class A poll] Goodpasture at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The boys’ consolation and championship games will be played next Tuesday.
All first-round winners will also advance to the Region 4-A tournament.
Friendship girls fall in district consolation game
DONELSON — Friendship Christian’s girls were ousted from the East-Region District 1-A tournament Saturday with a 41-29 loss to host Donelson Christian in the third-place game.
The Lady Wildcats led 8-2 following the first quarter, 23-12 at halftime and 29-17 through three to advance with an 18-10 record.
Unlike in Division I where the top four teams advance to region play, only the top three move on in Division II. Thus, the Lady Commanders’ first season in D-II ended at 7-14. Friendship fell into the consolation contest with a 60-20 loss to top-seed Knoxville Webb, last year’s D-II-A runner-up, Friday.
Andrea Grigsby finished with 15 points and Baylie Bodiford 12 for DCA.
Abbey Hinton had eight points for Friendship while Taylor Patterson scored six on a pair of three-pointers. Ashlyn Pittman and AnnaBelle Gallaher each finished with five points, Hailey Pittman three and Anna Kulas two.