From Post staff reports
It’s not too soon to begin planning to attend a number of events set for Sherlock’s Books in Lebanon in February, including a Mystery Writers Convention.
The Mystery Writers Convention will be on Saturday, Feb. 21 and is to feature J.T. Ellison, author of “Judas Kiss”; Jennie Bentley, author of “Fatal Fixer Upper”; Chester D. Campbell, author of “Marathon Murders”; Dewey Lambdin, author of “What Lies Buried”; Elizabeth Terrell, author of “Too Close to Evil”; Laura Benedict, author of “Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts”; and Steve Womack, author of “By Blood Written.”
It’s the signature poster of country music and an iconic image for Nashville.
Hatch Show Prints have been used to promote the concerts of everyone from country legends to punk rock bands. A new exhibit at Volunteer State Community College, which runs through Feb. 10, will feature a selection of prints from the Hatch Show Print legacy.
GLADEVILLE -- Talk about rising to the occasion. Senior guard Ethan Gross made the move over to the point Friday night and turned in a solid effort to help lead his Mt. Juliet Golden Bears to a 55-44 victory at Wilson Central High.
Watching his team fall behind 9-0 to the thrill of a nearly-packed gym, Gross helped ignite an 18-4 Mt. Juliet run with a perfectly executed lob pass to the high-flying Darryl Jackson for a thunderous back-door dunk.
"Given the environment and the way this game is always contested, Ethan gave us an outstanding effort," said Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen. "The backdoor lob was something we work on coming out of time outs. It was a great pass and Darryl took care of the rest."
Later in the game, Gross helped keep Wilson Central at bay by knocking down all six of his free throw opportunities in the fourth quarter.
Junior Teraes Clemmons, who a year ago was playing at Wilson Central, led the Golden Bears with 21 points. Jackson finished with 12 while Vaughn Cornelia and Gross ended the night with nine points apiece.
Mt. Juliet improved to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in District 9AAA play heading into a Friday, Jan. 23 contest at LaVergne.
Tuesday, Jan. 27 Mt. Juliet welcomes Hendersonville Beech to "The Cave" for a district contest.
Wilson Central, now 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the league, will host Gallatin Friday, Jan. 23.
The Wildcats were led by Kelten Stewart’s 14 points; Preston Jenkins had seven while Jarvis Jenkins, Arcavius McMurray and Austin Auld had six points each.
COLUMBIA -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s basketball teams picked up a pair of road wins Monday afternoon, sweeping at Zion Christian Academy in Maury County.
The Lady Saints of Coach David Kitchen improved to 7-10 on the season with a 34-19 victory in the opener. Sarah Worden led a balanced Lady Saint attack with eight points.
Emily Threadgill and Abbey Mangrum each scored seven points while Leanna Sanders and Cali Beard notched six points apiece.
Trailing 8-6 after one period, MJCA rallied to take a 17-10 advantage at intermission. The victory marked the sixth over the past eight outings for the Lady Saints.
The boys of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy rolled to a 61-47 victory in the nightcap -- improving to 6-9 on the season. MJCA ninth grader Drew Hutchison led all scorers with 19 -- including three 3-pointers. Austin Wortman clicked for 13 points while Devin Bradshaw and T.J. Roberts each added eight points. The Saints led 28-23 at intermission and expanded that lead to 53-34 after three.
On Saturday, the Lady Saints traveled to McMinnville and held off a late push to defeat Boyd Christian 45-39. MJCA led 28-18 at the half, but was outscored 21-17 over the final two quarters. Mangrum led the way with 14 points while Threadgill chipped in with 10.
The Saints came out on the short end of a 65-60 decision to Boyd in the nightcap -- trailing 48-37 after three. Daniel Harden had 16 and Hutchison 14 in the loss.
MJCA will host Webb School Friday, Jan. 23.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Brandon Springer scored 23 points and Rontreal Braxton added 18 to lead No. 7-ranked Cumberland past Bethel 81-74 Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Coach Lonnie Thompson’s squad (15-2, 5-1 TSAC) had a tough time with Bethel (10-7, 0-5).
The first half had three runs of 9-0 or more, but the second half was nip-and-tuck from the start until Bethel failed to score a basket from the 3:59 mark until just 37 seconds remained in the contest. The second half featured six ties and six lead changes.
"Offensively, we did some bone-headed things in the first half," Coach Thompson said, "we had 15 turnovers to just seven assists. We started out the game as a C-plus team, we finished up as a B-plus team."
Springer added nine rebounds, while Kenneth Simms recorded 10 points, seven boards and four blocks for Cumberland. The Bulldogs shot 55 percent for the contest, but turned the ball over 25 times, including 15 in the first half.
The Bulldogs put together a 10-0 run early in the half with buckets from Braxton and Rodney James and a pair of 3-pointers by Brandon Powell for a 20-9 advantage.
But Bethel ran off nine straight points to tie the contest at 24, with three baskets from Hinton and one by Lesesene. CU answered with another 10-0 spurt, with buckets from Powell and Braxton, two by Springer and another from Turner.
Bethel cut the deficit to five, but the Bulldogs took a 36-31 lead to intermission.
In the opener, Bethel’s women used a 30-12 run in the second half to break open a tight game en route to an 80-61 victory over Cumberland.
Bethel (12-5, 3-2 TSAC) outscored the Lady Bulldogs 53-29 in the second half.
Simone Ryan and Chaquaila Gaten each scored 13 points as CU dipped to 6-13 / 2-4 in the league. Bona Ogada posted 10 points and 10 boards.
By TOMMY BRYAN
GLADEVILLE -- As a rule, second chances don’t come around very often in life. Wilson Central took advantage of second and sometimes third chances to snare a 44-40 victory over arch-rival Mt. Juliet High Friday, Jan. 16 before a full house.
Offensive rebounds told the tale as Coach Bud Brandon’s defending Class AAA state champs pounded the glass and improved to 15-3 overall, and an impressive 4-0 in District 9AAA.
"Looking back, I don’t think we’ve ever started out 4-0 in the district," Brandon said.
Central outrebounded Mt. Juliet 22-15, including nine offensive rebounds. Seniors Kelsey McGee and Jasmine Hassell led the way with three offensive rebounds each.
"Kelsey has been an unsung hero for us," Brandon said, "she does a lot of things that don’t show up in the boxscore. Tonight those putbacks were awfully big."
Central led 25-16 at intermission and expanded that margin to as many as 10 points in the third quarter before Mt. Juliet began chipping away.
"We’ve been pretty consistent in allowing teams to get back into the game with us," Brandon said. "In each of our last six games our opponents have outscored us in the second half. We can’t continue to do that. But give Mt. Juliet credit, we knew they were going to give us a tough game. It was a battle right down to the end."
Central got 15 points from Hassell and 12 from guard Jessyca Christopher -- who drained 4-of-6 three-point attempts.
"Jessyca was clutch for us," Brandon said. "It seemed like every one of her three’s helped us stretch it out a little."
The Lady Bears, 16-2 / 4-1 in 9AAA, got a game-high 17 points from freshman post Caya Williams and 13 more from Britt Bell.
No other Mt. Juliet player scored more than five points.
"We just gave up too many second chance opportunites to win a game like this," said MJ head coach Chris Fryer. If this team is going to get where we want to go, we must dominate people on the glass."
Mt. Juliet plays Friday at LaVergne while Central will host league rival Gallatin.