WATERTOWN 55, FCS 45
LEBANON -- Watertown placed three players in double figures and rolled to a 55-45 victory over defending Class A state champ Friendship Christian Friday night at the Bay Family Sportsplex. The win upped Watertown's overall record to 14-1, 2-0 in District 8A. The Commanders fell to 3-6 on the season, 0-1 in league play.
Leading 27-25 at intermission, Watertown outscored their hosts 28-20 over the final two periods. Josiah Smith led the Purple Tigers with 15 points. Macieo Gaines added 13 and Ty Jobe 11. WHS struggled at the free throw line, connecting on 12-of-26 tries (46 percent).
Former Cumberland University baseball standout Luis Martinez has been claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers by the Baltimore Orioles. Martinez, 27, is a career .272/.362/.364 hitter in six Minor League seasons in the San Diego Padres' (2007-11) and Rangers' (2012) systems.
Last year for Triple-A Round Rock, Martinez batted .270/.350/.386 in 65 games, and he also appeared in 10 big league games, going 2-for-18. He was selected by the Padres in the 12th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Martinez was the catcher on Cumberland's 2007 NAIA World Series team and was the first Bulldog to make it to the Major leagues in 2011 with San Diego.
The move puts the Orioles' 40-man roster at capacity and gives the organization four catchers: Matt Wieters, Taylor Teagarden, Luis Exposito and Martinez. Martinez, along with all members of the 40-man roster, will be in big league camp.
FRIENDSHIP CHRISTIAN 54,WHS 41
LEBANON -- Senior Kaitlyn Teeter exploded for 22 points Friday night to lead Friendship Christian to a 54-41 win over Watertown at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Deja Jones added a double-double (17 points, 14 rebounds) as the Lady Commanders improved to 8-3 overall and 1-0 in District 8A.
Watertown slipped to 8-8 overall, 0-2 in the league despite 17 points from Alicia Jennings and eight from Bobbie Staats. The Tigerettes struggled at the line, hitting on just 12-of-26 attempts (46 percent).
Friendship Christian will entertain Red Boiling Springs Tuesday, Jan. 8 while Watertown will visit Pickett County.
LEBANON 63, STATION CAMP 56
LEBANON -- Madison Sloan and Abby Wright each chalked up 20 points Friday night as Lebanon High held off Station Camp 63-56 at Campbell Brandon Gym.
The Devilettes (8-8 overall, 3-1 in District 9AAA) overcame some shaky free throw shooting down the stretch to hold off the stubborn Bison -- who trailed LHS 38-28 at intermission.
Morgan Bruce and Kelsey Yarbrough each had six points for Lebanon. SCHS placed three players in double figures, including: Savannah Keele (16), Kia Perry (15) and Janasia Williams (11).
LHS will host Gallatin Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
WILSON CENTRAL 52, GALLATIN 34
GLADEVILLE -- Rachel Bean's double-double (13 points, 17 rebounds) helped lead Wilson Central to a 52-34 home victory Friday night over Gallatin.
The Lady Wildcats improved to 6-8 overall / 2-2 in District 9AAA with the win. Hannah Brewer and Hailey Averitt each scored 11 points for WCHS in the win.
WCHS will visit Station Camp Tuesday, Jan. 8.
BEECH 53, MT. JULIET 41
SHACKLE ISLAND -- Mt. Juliet slipped to 10-6 on the season, 3-1 in District 9AAA following Friday night's 53-41 loss at Beech.
The Lady Bears couldn't overcome a slow start after falling behind 13-7 in the first period and 18-14 at intermission. Sally McCabe had 17 for MJHS in the loss while Karly Dyer knocked down three 3-pointers to finish with 10 points.
Mt. Juliet will host Hendersonville High Tuesday, Jan. 8.
EZELL-HARDING 40, MJCA 23
ANTIOCH -- Ezell-Harding rolled past visiting Mt. Juliet Christian Academy 40-23 Friday in a East-Middle Regional tilt. The Lady Eagles led 21-12 at intermission and 33-16 after three periods. Lauren Wankel and Lynzee Ethridge each had six points for MJCA in the loss.
The Lady Saints will visit Donelson Christian Academy Tuesday, Jan. 8.