MURFREESBORO -- Wilson Central’s basketball season came to a halt with a tough 56-36 loss to Brentwood Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA state tournament at MTSU’s Murphy Center.
The Bruins connected on four first quarter 3-pointers against Wilson Central’s zone trap, running out to an early 21-8 lead.
“We had some opportunities,” said Wildcat coach Troy Bond. “We spotted ‘em too many points early. We got out of character in spots and went away from what got us here. That formula doesn’t work real well.”
After cutting Brentwood’s lead to eight points with a 7-2 run midway through the third quarter, a series of turnovers and resulting Bruin baskets saw the lead stretch back out to 46-25 headed into the final eight minutes.
“We cut it to eight there in the third, then missed a couple of chances to cut it some more,” Bond said. “We had some good looks. But we took too many 3-point attempts, particularly early. We’re not a great 3-point shooting team.
“I didn’t think we were very patient on offense and when you do that, it’s tough to win, especially against a good team like Brentwood.”
Wilson Central (26-7) finished just 14-of-41 from the field (34 percent) and one-of-nine on 3-point attempts (11 percent).
Brentwood (32-2) shot an even 50 percent from the field (22-of-44) and was 44 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-18).
Rebounds were dead even at 26 apiece while Brentwood had 12 turnovers and Wilson Central 13. The Wildcats struggled on the defensive end, resulting in almost no easy transition baskets.
“We didn’t play very well on defense, and our defense usually helps jump start our offense,” Bond said.
Senior Jacob Williams finished his Wilson Central career with a double-double, 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Ben Palmer added eight points and Jon Rosshirt five.
Grant Teichmann led the Bruins with 12, Jalen Lawson added 11 and Andy Schumpert had 10.