GLADEVILLE -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears moved into Monday night's District 9AAA tournament finals with a 56-30 victory over Beech Saturday at Wilson Central.
Mt. Juliet dominated early, running out to a comfortable 26-11 lead at intermission. The Lady Bears were led by 18 points from MTSU signee Caya Williams and 11 points from Allyson Hayes who had 11 points and three 3-pointers.
Mt. Juliet (28-3) will take on Station Camp (19-9) in Monday's 8 p.m. championship game.
Station Camp held on for a 53-50 victory over Wilson Central in Saturday's other semifinal contest. The Lady Wildcats fell behind early, but kept battling back only to see a frenzied fourth quarter rally fall short.
Cheyenne North was unstoppable for Beech, leading all scorers with 30 points. Sydney Vanlandingham's 18 led Wilson Central. Taylor Peterson had 13 and Dominique St. Louis chipped in with 10.
Central will play Beech in Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. consolation game.
Over on the boys side of the tournament, the top two seeds both lost, setting up a Wilson Central vs. Mt. Juliet rematch in Tuesday's consolation game.
No 1-seeded Mt. Juliet lost a 50-49 decision to Hendersonville in Saturday's early semifinal game as Jeff Long srilled a pair of free throws with seven seconds left in regulation.
Long led HHS (18-11) with 17 points while John Davis added 10.
Caleb Chowbay had 17 for Mt. Juliet, but was the only Bear to break double figures. Brandon Shepard and C.J. McEwen finished with nine apiece.
Mt. Juliet (24-7) will play Wilson Central in Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. consolation after the Wildcats lost 52-50 to Beech in Saturday's late semifinal game.
Down 42-29 after three quarters, Wilson Central mounted an incredible comeback run -- outscoring the Bucs 21-10 over the final eight minutes.
A 3-pointer by Seth Brown with 48 seconds left in regulation sealed the win for Beech, now 23-6 on the season. Wilson Central slipped to 22-5 despite 20 points from senior Dee Oldham.
Jacob Williams added 10 points while Conner Brandon knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with nine points.
All four teams will advance to the Region 5AAA tournament beginning next Saturday. Beech and Hendersonville will play at home while Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central will travel to Montgomery County.
FRIDAY AT SHACKLE ISLAND -- Beech was red-hot from long range in Friday night's 65-46 win over Lebanon in the quarterfinals of the District 9AAA tournament.
The Bucs connected on 12-of-17 attempts from beyond the arc in the victory and will advance to a semifinal game 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Wilson Central against the No. 2 seeded Wildcats -- a 61-47 winner over Portland.
A sticky 1-3-1 halfcourt trap forced Lebanon into 18 turnovers as the Blue Devils ended the season at 11-16 overall.
Cameron High ended his LHS career with 19 points, Zimmer Hunn added 10 and Cody Yarbrough scored eight.
FRIDAY AT GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central broke open a one-point game at intermission with a 23-10 third quarter explosion en route to a 61-47 victory over Portland Friday night in a loser-out game.
WCHS (22-4) was led by 23 points from soph Jacob Williams, 15 from Dee Oldham and 10 from Blake Huffman.
FRIDAY AT MT. JULIET -- Top-seeded Mt. Juliet High had an easy time with Gallatin Friday, defeating the Green Wave 59-21 in the 9AAA quarterfinals. C.J. McEwen led the Bears with 16 points, Caleb Chowbay had 11 and Brandon Shepard finished with 10.
Mt. Juliet, now 24-5 overall, will play Hendersonville Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals. HHS eliminated Station Camp 58-57 Friday night.
All teams reaching the semifinal round have already earned berths in the Region 5AAA set for Clarksville Northeast.
LEBANON -- Chipper Smith tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener and Brodie Ross drove in the winning runs with a single before Keith Kirby got the final two outs for the save in the nightcap, as 7th-ranked Cumberland swept a doubleheader against Lindsey Wilson, 2-0 and 3-2, Friday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
The Bulldogs (6-4) have won four straight games this week at home after opening the season with six consecutive contests on the road.
Smith (1-2) tossed a four-hit shutout in the opening game, did not walk a batter and struck out six. The Blue Raiders managed just six baserunners in the game against the lefthander, including two in the first inning.
In the second game Mike Mandarino worked into the seventh before walking Lance Harrington to start the inning ended his day on the mound. With pinch-runner Alex Harper on second base, Keith Kirby induced a pair of popouts to earn the save.
Mandarino (2-1) gave up six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. The righthander has worked into the seventh inning in all three of his starts this season.
Josh McGee drove in a run in both contests and Ross two-run single in the fourth inning plated pinch-runner Antonio Butler and McGee to give CU a 3-1 edge in the second game.
LWC starter Matt Addis walked the first three batters of the game in the opener and Cory Urquhart scored on Mandarinos groundout. In the third inning Addis walked Sam Lind and Nick Sydnor before a single from McGee plated the clubs second run of the game.
Leandro Perez and Adam Peacock both singled in the first inning, but Manuel Alonso bounced into a doubleplay to end the threat. In the LWC third Harrington led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Drew Barrett, but Perez lined into a doubleplay to end the inning. None of the other three Blue Raider baserunners in the game reached second base.
Addis (0-1) worked 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit with six walks and two strikeouts. Reliever Aaron Mayfield tossed 3.1 scoreless frames, giving up three hits with one strikeout.
In the second game Mandarino drew a leadoff walk in the second, Butler stole second and scored on McGees double to rightcenter.
Perez hit a solo homer with two outs in the third, cutting the Bulldog lead in half. In the CU fourth Mandarino was hit to leadoff, McGee walked and Craig Monson reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Ross single down the leftfield line pushed the CU edge to 3-1.
Harrington was in the middle of the action again, singling with one out in the fifth. Dustin Murphy and Perez followed with singles, loading the bases, and Peacock drew a two-out walk, forcing in a run, but Alonso struck out looking to end the inning.
LWCs Daniel Pulliam (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings.
Cumberland does not play again until February 25 in a home doubleheader against Point Park University at Noon.
LAFAYETTE -- No. 2 seeded Watertown needed two overtimes to knock off stubborn Gordonsville 69-64 in Friday's semifinal round of the District 8A boys tournament at Macon County High.
The Purple Tigers improved to 23-5 with the victory and earned another crack at No. 1-seeded Friendship Christian School in Tuesday's 8 p.m. finals. Friendship won both regular season meetings between the rivals.
The game was tied at 53-all, then 60-60 after the first overtime. KeAnDre Bates paced Watertown with 22 points, Josiah Smith added 17 and Macieo Gaines had nine in his first action since having his knee scoped.
Friendship toppled No. 5 seed Trousdale County High 68-40 Friday -- running out to a 32-14 halftime lead.
Mark Sandoval and Dalton Patterson each had 15 for the winners while Hunter Anderson added 13. FCS stands 21-2 headed into Tuesday's finals.
By virtue of reaching the 8A finals, both FCS and Watertown will host first round Region 4A games next Saturday before the rest of the tournament moves to Livingston.
FRANKLIN -- Defending state champion Clarissa Ceffalo of Elizabethon defeated Lebanon freshman Jamie Reed (pictured right) 10-0 Saturday in the 185-pound finals of the TSSAA Girls State Wrestling Invitational at the Williamson County Expo Center.
Reed was attempting to claim Lebanon High's first state championship since Jeff Lester won a wrestling title in 1984. The only other state championship for LHS was in 1971 when the Devilettes won the state basketball title.
Reed reached Saturday's finals with a pin of South Doyle's Kim Shell in 6:38 of overtime on Friday.
Also on Friday, Lebanon's 120-pound entry Priscilla Garza lost to Ruth Dammann of Science Hill (pin, 1:44) and to Elizabeth Lynn of Clarksville Northeast (pin, 1:15) in her two matches.
Three local boys are wrestling in the consolation bracket and can finish as high as third place.
Mt. Juliet's Matthew Seaman (152) lost to Centennial's Parker Smith by a 14-5 count in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket. He then won two straight consolation matches -- 4-3 over Andrew Leyva of Knox Gibbs and 6-2 over Sam Underwood of Eagleville.
Seaman was scheduled to wrestle Trenton Bell of Hunters Lane Saturday morning.
Wilson Central teammates John Kramer (220) and Austin Richard (132) are also still alive in the consolation bracket. Kramer is set to wrestle Hayden Hamilton of Cleveland today while Kramer will go against Raul Leyva of Knox Gibbs.
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