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Sizzling Station Camp shoots down Friendship
Dec 14, 2006 12:00 am
Matt Bradshaw saw talent like Station Camp put on the floor Tuesday night on a regular basis when he was a player and assistant coach at Lebanon.
In those days, that athletic ability was on his side.
The Friendship Christian coach was on the other side of the sideline Tuesday watching the hot-shooting Bisons thunder past his Commanders 85-64 at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
With John Jenkins leading the way with 21 of his 27 points before halftime, Station Camp scorched the nets with 64-percent shooting as the Class AA Bisons moved to 7-1 for the season.
Friendship's players seemed to enjoy playing at Station Camp's pace, but couldn't maintain the shooting touch as the Class A Commanders slipped to 2-1.
"We like to get up and down the floor," Bradshaw said. "We get up and down the floor good for a single-A team. But that was a dose of double-A. They just had more athletes than we do. That's not a negative, that's a fact.
"What I was most proud of was our kids played hard, they got after it and they didn't quit."
Jenkins scored 15 in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers, as Station Camp widened a 17-13 first-period lead to 49-32 by halftime as the Bisons sank 68 percent of their shots. The Commanders connected on 43 percent in the opening 16 minutes, a respectable percentage at the high school level.
"You never like to get beat like that, but the way they shot, it was going to be difficult," Bradshaw said. "When they shoot 70 percent in the first half and drop 32 on you in the second quarter and to be somewhat in the ballgame, you have to be pleased.
"Give Station Camp credit, they shot 64 percent for the game. I'd say you're going to win most ballgames."
Drew McDonald finished with 15 points from inside for Station Camp while Cody Brown came off the bench to throw in three triples en route to 13.
Center Michael Teeter seemed to thrive playing at this pace as he totaled 21 points for Friendship while guard John Doak tossed in two triples on his way to 16. Freshman Lee Maasen scored six points, Adam Stephens and Cameron Spaulding five each, Garrett McKnight four, Eddie Doss Eatherly three and John Hatcher and Parker Teeter two apiece.
Friendship will face University School of Nashville in the Watertown Chamber of Commerce Christmas Classic at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Wildcats overcome Stratford comeback
GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central's boys overcame a late Stratford comeback Tuesday to stop the visiting Spartans 50-42.
Playing early and before a sparse crowd (the girls played a Blue and Gold Game afterwards), Central led most of the way until Stratford surged to a four-point lead with three minutes to play.
But the Wildcats pounced back to get their third win against three losses.
"We hung in there and fought back and made some big shots and some big free throws," Wildcat coach Troy Bond said. "Stratford played really well. We had trouble at times scoring tonight.
"The kids fought hard and got after it."
Kody Woodard threw in three 3-pointers on his way to 17 points for Central while center Travis Adkins tossed in 10. Teraes Clemmons added eight, JaJuan Brooks seven, Daniel Palmer six and Kelten Stewart two.
Point guard Terrell Perkins threw in 13 points and forward Herman Patton tossed in 12 for Stratford.
Central led 14-10 following the first quarter, 25-16 at halftime and 33-29 through three periods.
The Wildcats will host defending state runner-up Shelbyville on Friday following the girls 6:30 p.m. game.
LaVergne pulls away from Mt. Juliet in fourth
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet played a veteran LaVergne team evenly for three quarters before Matt Smigielski scored seven straight points midway through the second half Tuesday night, sparking the Wolverines to a 62-40 District 9-AAA triumph at Tommy Martin Gym.
Mt. Juliet trailed 37-36 when Smigielski sank a three-pointer to put LaVergne up by four going into the fourth quarter.
"He sort of caught fire," Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen said of Smigielski. "We missed a lot of easy shots in the fourth quarter and they had great possessions every time down the floor. They only missed three shots the entire fourth quarter."
Justin Bather scored 16 points from the wing while Smigielski threw in three triples on his way to 13 and guard DeMario Watkins added 11 as the Wolverines moved to 8-1 for the season and 3-0 in the district.
Center Cory Payne scored 16 points for Mt. Juliet while point guard Demond Craig tossed in two triples for half of his 12. Ryan Overstreet added eight while Jonta Bowman and Antuan Majors each managed two as the Golden Bears slipped to 5-3, 2-1.
Mt. Juliet led 11-8 following the first quarter before LaVergne pulled into a 22-22 halftime tie.
The Bears will face Lebanon in the Blue Devil Classic at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Portland overpowers Mt. Juliet Christian
PORTLAND — An athletic Portland team overran Mt. Juliet Christian 58-33 Tuesday night.
The Panthers pounced on the Saints 21-10 in the first quarter and 33-19 at halftime as Mt. Juliet Christian slipped to 4-5 for the season.
"Very athletic team," Mt. Juliet Christian assistant coach David Kitchen said of the Panthers. "They played a trapping zone against us full court.
"We just didn't hit any shots tonight. We missed some easy, easy shots."
Guard Dominique Roe hit for 19 points and Adam Cummings, tossing in two three-pointers apiece, for Portland.
Bryce Middleton notched nine points for Mt. Juliet Christian while Victor Underwood was held to eight. Austin Wortman also added eight as he tossed in two triples. Zach Womble finished with four and Blake Marsh and Devon Bradshaw two each.
Mt. Juliet Christian will travel to Curry-Ingram on Saturday.
Sports Editor Andy Reed can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 17 or by e-mail at email@example.com.