Four Wilson County boys basketball teams have big plans tonight -- quarterfinal regional tournament games.
Squads from Watertown, Friendship Christian, Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet will be seeking to advance to their respective regional semifinal games -- and move one step closer to berths in the TSSAA BlueCross Basketball Championships.
Watertown's Purple Tigers enter Region 4A competition as the District 8A champ following Tuesday night's 49-47 victory over No. 1-seeded Friendship Christian in the tournament finals in Lafayette.
Coach Matt Bradshaw's team improved to 24-5 on the season and picked up the first district title for the program in over 75 years.
The Tigers entertain Pickett County tonight at 7 p.m.
Friendship Christian, 21-3 on the season, will host Clay County (20-8) tonight at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Tonight's Region 4A winners will advance to the semifinal round next week in Livingston.
Wilson Central, fresh off a 66-55 win over Mt. Juliet in the District 9AAA consolation game, will travel to Dickson County tonight to take on the Cougars. The Wildcats stand 23-5 overall while DCHS enters tonight's contest 21-7.
Mt. Juliet High takes a record of 25-6 into tonight's Region 5AAA quarterfinal game at powerful Clarksville Northeast (27-2). The Bears entered the district tournament as the No. 1 seed, but lost in the semifinals and consolation round.
Tonight's Region 5AAA winners will move on to the semifinal round next week at Northeast.
LEBANON -- Cumberland lefty Chipper Smith threw a seven inning no-hitter Saturday, downing Point Park 5-0, salvaging a doubleheader split with the Pioneers at Stockton Field.
Smith, who finished with 14 strikeouts, allowed just two baserunners on a hit batsman and walk in the top of the sixth inning after retiring the first 15 hitters for the Pioneers (2-2). . The native of Valencia, California evened his record at 2-2 with the gem.
"I had a pretty good slider and a changeup going," Smith said after the game, "our defense made a couple of plays when I needed 'em. It wasn't the first time I'd gone deep into a game with a no-hitter. I just wanted to finish."
"He's pitched well so far this season," said CU coach Woody Hunt, "we needed a good performance after the way we played in the opener."
Saturday's opener saw the Bulldogs lose 3-2 in extra innings -- allowing three unearned runs. Cumberland commited four errors in the game and stranded baserunnersin scoring position several times.
CU dropped the first game, 3-2, in eight innings, with CU giving up a pair of unearned runs in the final inning and wasting an outstanding start from Keith Kirby.
Sam Lind and Mike Mandarino each had two-run doubles and Josh McGee added a run-scoring single in the 5-0 victory for the Bulldogs, who were playing their first games in eight days.
Smith offered his condolences to teammate Will Henderson, who's father died unexpectedly on Friday.
"We're all thinking about Will and his family," Smith said. The no-hitter was the first for the CU program since Jared Garsnick turned the trickagainst Freed-Hardeman April 24, 2004.
The Bulldogs stand at 7-5 on the season after the doubleheader split and start stretch of nine consecutive games on the road.
SCHEDULE CHANGE -- Because of forecasted inclement weather, Cumberlands baseball game at Tennessee Wesleyan has been moved to Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Athens.
Weather forecasts call for storms and possibly severe weather on Wednesday when the game was originally scheduled against 18th-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan.
The contest starts a nine-game road swing for the Bulldogs that includes a conference -opening series versus Mid-Continent University this weekend in Union City, Tenn., and five contests over Spring Break in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Only one Wilson County girls basketball team survived Friday night's regional quarterfinals -- the Mt. Juliet Lady Bears.
MJHS improved to 30-3 on the season with a lopsided 80-43 home win over Kenwood in the Region 5AAA tournament.
MTSU signee Caya Williams ripped Kenwood for 26 points while soph post Sally McCabe added 20. The Lady Bears shot out to a 28-8 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
Mt. Juliet will advance to the regional semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Northeast High where the Lady Bears will take on Rossview High -- a 48-35 winner over Beech in Friday's other quarterfinal match.
CLARKSVILLE 59, WILSON CENTRAL 35
CLARKSVILLE -- Undefeated Clarksville High rode a 25 point performance from UT signee Bashaara Graves Friday for a 59-35 home win over Wilson Central in the Region 5AAA opener.
Clarksville (33-0) led 31-21 at intermission and put the game away in the third quarter, as it outscored Wilson Central 14-5 in the period. Defense was key asCHS held Wilson Central to one basket over the final 7:01 of the quarter to lead 45-26 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Wilson Central (18-11) was led by 14 points from Sydney Vanlandingham and 13 from Taylor Peterson.
Wilson Central 7 14 5 9 35
Clarksville 16 15 14 14 59
Wilson Central: Sydney Comer 4, Taylor Peterson 13, Rachel Bean 1, Sydney Vanlandingham 12, Dominique St. Louis 5. Team totals 12 8-13 35.
Clarksville: Bashaara Graves 25, Jessy Ward 12, Tiasha Gray 7, Tia Nicholson 9, Sierra Rozar 6. Team totals 26 5-6 59.
3-point field goals: Wilson Central 3 (Vanlandingham 2, Peterson 1), Clarksville High 2 (Nicholson 1, Gray 1).
JACKSON CO. 59, WATERTOWN 37
GAINESBORO -- Powerful Jackson County placed four players in double figures in Friday's Region 4A quarterfinal 59-37 win over visiting Watertown.
The Lady Blue Devils led 18-7 after one quarter and never looked back -- improving to 24-6 on the season.
Watertown ended its season at 18-14 and was led by 12 points from Hailey Speck and 11 from Jordan Brewington.
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