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Devils wear down Smyrna
Nov 23, 2006 12:00 am
Lebanon used its depth to wear Smyrna down in the fourth quarter of an 82-64 victory Tuesday night at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Smyrna led 18-14 following the first quarter and 38-35 at halftime before Lebanon moved ahead 55-52 going into the fourth. The Blue Devils used a 27-12 fourth-quarter blitz to put away the Bulldogs and improve to 3-0.
"We just kept playing and rolling people and they're short on numbers and we used our players," Lebanon coach Doug Keil said. "They're short a couple of football players."
Five Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by Ken Walton's 20 points, which included three 3-pointers. Point guard O'Keefe McCarver connected on a couple of triples on his way to 17 while Terrence Logue also laced in a pair of threes en route to 14. Michael Edwards and Connor Burger bucketed 10 apiece from the post.
"We may have had a different leading scorer in each game," Keil said. "Balanced scoring is huge for this team."
Herschal McCathern and Ryan Beadle each threw in three points for Lebanon while Alex Johnson and Bryan Reeder tossed in two apiece and Xavier Smith a free throw.
Davis Warner knocked down 19 points from the backcourt for Smyrna while Timothy Egerton threw in three triples on his way to 15. Josh Turner finished with 14 and K.J. Stripling 10.
Lebanon will take on Father Ryan at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Oakland Classic in Murfreesboro. The Blue Devils will return 24 hours later to face Northeast.
Third-quarter struggles sink Central
GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central never completely recovered from a difficult third quarter Tuesday night as visiting Siegel held off the Wildcats 73-67.
The Wildcats led 16-12 following the first quarter and 38-35 at halftime before falling behind 55-52 going into the fourth as they dropped their official season opener.
"We got a really young team," Wildcat coach Troy Bond said. "I have no seniors.
"We had a great first half. Third quarter was brutal on us. We got ahead by seven and then we ran out of gas and when you get tired you make mental mistakes. The last two minutes, we go from down nine and fight back to get to three or four."
Tyler Cutter fired in four three-pointers as he and center Montori Hughes tossed in 23 points apiece for Siegel.
Two Wildcats also tied for scoring honors. Kody Woodard threw in three triples as he and center Travis Adkins tossed in 21 apiece. Freshman Teraes Clemmons knocked down nine points, Daniel Palmer six and JaJuan Brooks and Kelten Stewart five each.
Central will face the hosts in the Cookeville Classic at 3:30 p.m. Friday and follow with Upperman at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Cold-shooting Watertown loses at Hermitage Springs
HERMITAGE SPRINGS — Watertown got off to a slow offensive start and had no chance once Hermitage Springs got rolling in a 63-46 Wildcat win Tuesday night.
The Wildcats led 8-2 following the first quarter and a 6-0 run to end the second put them ahead 19-14 by halftime. They opened the margin to 45-23 through three periods as Watertown slipped to 2-1.
"We didn't shoot the ball well at all," Watertown assistant coach T.J. Hewitt said. "We missed a lot of easy baskets early."
The Purple Tigers also missed at the free-throw line, when they got there, going 3-of-12. Hermitage Springs marched to the stripe 34 times and tossed in 29.
Nathan Birdwell totaled 29 points from the backcourt for Hermitage Springs.
Aaron Fountain fired in 14 points for the Purple Tigers while Zach Neal tossed in two three-pointers for six, Ben Smith and Nick Lennox five each, Justin Breece and Dalton Phillips four apiece, James Shrum and Levi Tschaekofske a three each and Seth Pritchett two.
Watertown will travel to Hendersonville Christian on Monday.