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Wildcats wear out Stratford 72-57
Dec 05, 2006 12:00 am
NASHVILLE — In a matchup of young teams, Wilson Central appeared to be farther along in the maturing process Thursday night as the Wildcats scored a 72-57 win at Stratford.
Central widened a 21-16 first-quarter lead to 40-25 by halftime and the Wildcats maintained a 12- to 19-point advantage the rest of the way as they climbed to 4-1.
"We came out of the gate a little slow," Wildcat coach Troy Bond said. "We had a real good second quarter.
"Our kids fought hard. It was kind of a tough place to play. There weren't a lot of people there and coming off a game like Lebanon (a last-second 62-60 win before a big crowd Tuesday), it was like night and day."
Travis Adkins tossed in 20 points from the post for Central while point guard Kelten Stewart scored 17 and fellow guard Kody Woodard 12. JaJuan Brooks added eight, Daniel Palmer six, Arcavius McMurray four, Teraes Clemmons two and Preston Jenkins a free throw. Ethan Duke didn't score, but earned Bond's praise for his play off the bench.
Forward Stevie Shelton notched 19 points and Herman Patton pitched in 10 for Stratford.
"They're pretty young, a lot like us, playing a lot of juniors, a lot of sophomores," Bond said. "They're still trying to find themselves.
"Stratford is real quick and athletic. That was a good thing for us to go against that speed up and down the floor. Their post guys can move like forwards."
The Wildcats will open their District 9-AAA schedule Tuesday night at LaVergne.
Ford, Jackets too pesky for Saints
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian's boys stayed within striking distance of Trousdale County until the closing moments Thursday night.
But Yellow Jacket point guard Michael Ford proved to be a persistent pest for the Saints, who succumbed 49-35 in their District 8-A opener.
Ford finished with 18 points, mostly on shots in the paint, many following steals.
"He's the quickest player I've seen in this district in a long time," Mt. Juliet Christian assistant coach David Kitchen said of Ford.
A dunk by Victor Underwood, who led all scorers with 20 points, brought Mt. Juliet Christian into a 9-9 tie just past the midway mark of the first quarter before the Yellow Jackets, who never trailed, went in front 13-11 going into the second period.
Trousdale County led 26-21 at halftime and 35-28 through three periods. The Saints were within five points with two minutes left and missed a three-pointer which would have made it a two-point game. The Yellow Jackets scored and followed with free throws to drop Mt. Juliet Christian to 2-3 for the season.
"We couldn't buy a basket," Kitchen sid.
Brennan Thurman tossed in 12 points for Trousdale.
Austin Wortman tossed in two triples as he and Blake Marsh scored six each for the Saints while Daniel Shedd also sank a three. Bryce Middleton, bothered by a leg injury, did not score.
Mt. Juliet Christian will host district rival Westmoreland on Tuesday.