By Andy Reed
Hendersonville's girls used the three-ball to get the lead and went back to the long ball to stay in front in a 47-41 victory over Lebanon at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court on Tuesday night.
The Lady Commandos connected on four first-quarter triples, including two by Courtney Chance. Hendersonville closed the period with a 10-0 run to open a 20-7 lead.
Lebanon never led, but used an 8-0 spurt to get back in the contest to open the second quarter. Three of the baskets were by Madison Sloan, who led all scorers with 22 points, as the Devilettes drew to within 20-15.
The teams traded baskets for the next quarter-plus until Abby Wright, who racked up 13 points, scored on back-to-back baskets to bring Lebanon within 31-29. But two missed free throws and a missed field-goal try which would have drawn the Devilettes even kept Hendersonville ahead.
Courtney Glover connected on two of her three triples on back-to-back trips early in the fourth quarter to widen the Lady Commandos' lead back to 10, 41-31. Lebanon fell behind by 11, but 10 fourth-period points by Sloan could only get the Devilettes as close as four in the closing moments as the home team fell to 11-10 for the season and 6-3 in District 9-AAA.
Big girl Emily Hatfield had 12 points and Glover 10 for the Lady Commandos, who climbed to 8-7, 4-4 despite hitting just 5 of 15 free throws.
Lebanon was barely better, 5-of-13, and drew 10 blanks on three-point tries. Julia Fox finished with four points before fouling out while Scottlyn Elie added two.
LHS will travel to Wilson Central on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. district duel.
Slow start helps send Central to road loss
HENDERSONVILLE — Wilson Central fell behind early Tuesday night and never caught up in a 48-34 loss at Beech.
The Lady Buccaneers led 14-3 following the first quarter, 25-11 at halftime and 36-22 going into the fourth as Central slipped to 9-10 for the season and 5-4 in District 9-AAA.
Falon Baker cooked up 18 points and McKenna Taylor tossed in 14 for the Lady Bucs, coached by former Cumberland player Kari Maddox Douglas, who improved to 1-5, 6-2.
Autumn Hopkins had 11 points and backcourt partner Sydney Comer 10 for Central. Rachel Bean scored six, Kendall Spray five and Rachel Burkett two.
Central will return home to play host to Lebanon at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Balanced attack fuels Tigerette triumph
WATERTOWN — Watertown enjoyed a solid offensive night in a 65-41victory over Red Boiling Springs on Tuesday night.
The Tigerettes, coming off a 57-55 loss at Eagleville 24 hours before, pounced to a 16-9 first-quarter lead, took a 35-21 advantage into halftime and a 53-34 margin into the fourth as they improved to 10-11 for the season and 2-3 in District 8-A.
Kirstin Vantrease, Watertown's only senior, sank a pair of three-pointers in leading a balanced attack with 15 points. Alicia Jennings, the lone junior, also tossed in two triples as she and freshman center Bobbi Staats each scored 14. Shelby Mofield also managed a pair of threes as she added eight points while Bay Cole scored six and Katie Dalton and Jasmine High two apiece.
Katie Hix had 11 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs.
Watertown will step out of district on Friday as the Tigerettes entertain Van Buren County at 6 p.m.
Gordonsville shoots down Friendship in battle of 8-A unbeatens
GORDONSVILLE — Gordonsville connected on 10 three-pointers Tuesday night as the Tigerettes took down Friendship Christian 53-47 in a battle of District 8-A unbeatens.
The Tigerettes led 18-11 following the first quarter, 28-22 at halftime and clung to a 39-38 edge going into the fourth as they grabbed their fifth district win and moved to 13-7 for the season.
Charli Vaden fired in four of Gordonsville's threes in leading a balanced Tigerette offense with 12 points while Kimmie Bush and Arielle Davis each dropped in 11.
Deja Jones got her points inside as usual with a game-high 22 for Friendship. Kaitlyn Teeter notched nine points, Courtney Petty seven, Kristian Watkins six and Aubrey Hawks five as the Lady Commanders fell to 12-5, 3-1.
Friendship will be back on the district road Friday with a trip to Trousdale County for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
First-place Lady Bears breeze by Gallatin
GALLATIN — District 9-AAA-leading Mt. Juliet had no problems with Gallatin in a 57-21 road triumph Tuesday night.
The Lady Bears led 16-7 following the first quarter, 30-11 at halftime and 46-13 going into the fourth as they moved to 15-6 for the season and 8-1 in the district.
Center Sally McCabe tossed in 20 points while forward Ronjanae DeGray dropped in 10 for Mt. Juliet. Raeyana DeGray added eight points, Haley DeWitt and Tya Waller five each, Savannah Sanders a three-pointer and Summer Adams, Taylor Bounds and Ashley Roby two apiece.
No one scored in double figures for Gallatin.
Mt. Juliet will play host to Portland at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Lady Jackets buzz MJCA
MT. JULIET — Trousdale County found the range from long distance with six three-pointers Tuesday night in a 66-39 win at Mt. Juliet Christian.
Hannah Gregory and Ashley Cornwell each fired in 15 points with three triples apiece for Trousdale while Sydney Shoulders added some inside balance with 14.
Lynnze Ethridge led the Lady Saints with 17 points while Amanda Wall notched nine, Shelby Leech six, Lauren Wankel five and Meredith Orr two as Mt. Juliet Christian slipped to 6-11 for the season.
The Lady Jackets led 21-10 following the first quarter, 37-16 at halftime and 54-27 going into the fourth.
Mt. Juliet Christian will play host to King's Academy at 6 p.m. Friday while Trousdale County entertains Friendship Christian in Hartsville.