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Second-quarter run carries 'Cats to win
Jan 23, 2007 12:00 am
GLADEVILLE — The Wildcats of Wilson Central put together a 16-0 run in the second quarter to earn a 63-50 come-from-behind Coming Home victory over LaVergne on Friday.
The win improved the Wildcats to 14-6 overall and 4-3 in District 9-AAA action.
"I thought that was huge," Wilson Central coach Troy Bond said of the run that gave his team the momentum.
After falling behind 21-11 in the first quarter, Kody Woodard, JaJuan Brooks and Travis Adkins engineered the run and the Wildcats were able to maintain the lead.
"We had really good energy in the second and third quarters," Bond said. "Kelten (Stewart) was kind of our quarterback out there."
Wilson Central held a one-point lead going into the half and widened the gap to 42-33 by the end of the third period.
LaVergne's Marcus Jefferson led all scorers with 18 points.
Woodard fired in 15 points to lead the Wildcats. Adkins put in 14, Brooks 11, Teraes Clemmons and Arcavius McMurray eight apiece and Stewart seven.
DeMario Williams added 15 for LaVergne and Matt Smigielski 10.
The Wildcats will try to continue their district surge on Tuesday when the visit Beech.
Harassing defense fuels Friendship's sharp-shooting offense in runaway victory
Friendship Christian's defense got the ball from Clay County and the offense put it in the hole early and often Friday as the Commanders raced to a 79-42 thumping at the Sportsplex.
The Commanders forced 30 turnovers, including 19 steals, and shot 65 percent from the floor to improve to 13-4 for the season.
"We created most of our points off our defense, transition baskets," Commander coach Matt Bradshaw said.
Center Michael Teeter led the way with 30 points, including two three-pointers, on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor. John Doak didn't miss a shot in six two-point tries, a three-point attempt and a free throw on his way to 16 points. Guard Garrett McKnight tossed in 12 while John Hatcher added eight, Adam Stephens five, Taylor Ferraro and Sam Wilkinson three each and Cameron Spaulding two.
But Bradshaw stressed the defense.
"Anytime we get that many possessions, and we did a good job getting people out and scoring in transition," he said. "With this group, our biggest thing is playing defense...try to take people out of what they do."
Friendship fired out to a 22-15 first-quarter lead and carried a 38-23 margin into halftime. The Commanders opened a 62-33 advantage going into the fourth period.
Scott Brown fired in four three-pointers to lead a young Clay County team with 14 points as the Bulldogs, who start three sophomores, a junior and a senior, slipped to 7-8.
Friendship will host Portland on Monday at the Sportsplex.