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9-AAA HOOPS -- Tourney at a glance

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(boys) Lebanon 68, Portland 21
LEBANON -- Host and top-seeded Lebanon High wasted no time disposing of No. 8 seeded Portland Friday night, Feb. 17, dispatching the Panthers 68-21 in the quarterfinals of the District 9-AAA tournament at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
The Blue Devils (20-7 overall) put the game out of reach with an 18-2 start and quickly moved ahead 36-9 at intermission.
Eddie Jackson paced LHS with 12 points including a sweet baseline dunk in the second half off a pass from Noah Mulaski -- who finished with 10 points.
Cameron Oliver and David Covile each had nine, Zion Logue and Elijah Perry came off the bench with four points apiece.
Lebanon returns to action 8:30 p.m. Saturday -- taking on Beech in the tournament semifinals.
All Friday winners are assured of a berth in next week's Region 5-AAA tournament at Lebanon.

(boys) Beech 56, Wilson Central 45
LEBANON -- Wilson Central's basketball season came to a halt Friday as Beech ran out to a 34-9 lead and held off Wildcats the rest of the way in the quarterfinals of the District 9-AAA tournament at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
WCHS (15-13) battled back with a 17-4 third quarter run, but never quite got over the hump.
Kene Aruh had 19 points to lead wilson Central while his brother Kito Aruh added seven and Cole Booth had six.
Beech will take on No. 1 seed Lebanon Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
All Friday winners are assured of a berth in next week's Region 5-AAA tournament at Lebanon.

Mt. Juliet 56, Hendersonville 40
LEBANON -- Mt. Juliet shut down Hendersonville in the first half, racing to a 30-9 halftime advantage in Friday's 56-40 win over the Commandos in quarterfinals of the District 9-AAA tournament at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
The No. 2-seeded Golden Bears (20-8 overall) will take on Station Camp Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
J.R. Sanders knocked down three 3-pointers and led MJHS with 12 points.
Trey Pruitt added 10 and Terrell Wilson banged in two 3-pointers on the way to eight.
All Friday winners are assured of a berth in next week's Region 5-AAA tournament at Lebanon.

THURSDAY NIGHT GIRLS
Beech 34, Lebanon 31 (OT)
LEBANON -- McCall Decker's 3-pointer at the end of overtime off an inbounds play proved to be the difference as Beech eliminated Lebanon 34-31 in overtime Thursday in the quarterfinals of the District 9-AAA girls tournament at Campbell Brandon Gym.
Decker keyed the play by making the inbounds pass to the head of the key, then cut through the lane to receive a return pass for the jumper.
The foul-plagued contest ended the Devilettes' season at 17-12 -- sending Beech (14-13) up against No. 1-seeded Wilson Central Saturday at 7 p.m.
LHS trailed 5-3 after one but pushed ahead 12-9 at intermission. The Lady Bucs managed to tie the game at 20-all headed into the final eight minutes with the contest going into overtime at 31-31.
Caleah Shannon led the Devilettes with eight points. Maleah Oldham and Allissa Mulaski each had six and Aaryn Grace Lester had five.
Lady Buc Decker hit three 3-pointers for 12 points to lead all scorers.

Mt. Juliet 37, Hendersonville 34
LEBANON -- A 13-0 run helped Mt. Juliet overcome an early deficit in Thursday's 37-34 victory over Hendersonville in the District 9-AAA quarterfinals at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
The Lady Bears, losers in eight of their previous 10 games, improved to 15-11 overall and will play in Saturday's 4 p.m. semifinal game vs. Station Camp.
MJHS freshman Emma Palmer led all scorers with 19 points and Julia Maki drilled two 3-pointers to finish with eight.
Mt. Juliet overcame a miserable night at the free throw line, connecting on only five of 16 attempts (31 percent).

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