SAS 54, Friendship 38
SEWANEE -- Friendship Christian School ran into a pack of angry Mountain Lions Monday evening and left Monteagle Mountain with a 54-38 loss to St. Andrew's-Sewanee.
"They put a lot of pressure on us and we didn't do a very good job of getting the ball inside," said FCS coach Ben Johnson. "They're tough to guard. They do a lot of cutting and driving to the basket."
The Commanders stayed within striking distance through the first half, trailing 28-20 at intermission, only to see the Mountain Lions out-score them 26-18 over the final two periods.
Zach Blair led Friendship with 17 points. Cameron Smith hit two 3-pointers for his six points while Marshall Taylor finished with five. Hanley Sobieszczyk and Joe Greenwood had four each while Gregory Elliott and Mackey Bentley scored one point apiece.
Friendship Christian went 11-of-18 at the line and dropped to 5-12 overall, 1-2 in the East-Middle District of Division II, I-A.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee improved to 1-0 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in the district with previous wins over Donelson Christian and Ezell Harding.
Mt. Juliet 67, Lebanon 57
LEBANON -- Mt. Juliet ran its winning streak to four consecutive games with a 67-57 win over Lebanon Saturday, Jan. 16 at raucous Campbell Brandon Gym.
Relentless on defense, the Golden Bears held LHS to just 20-of-55 from the field (36 percent) and forced the Blue Devils into several costly turnovers.
"We didn't start the season playing that way," said Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen," we've sort of evolved into that style the last month.
"We've feel like now we've got the right people playing the right roles. We're guarding with some passion now, and if you'd told me that a month ago I wouldn't have believed it.
"We're night and day different from where we were before Christmas."
J.R. Sanders finished with 18 points to lead Mt. Juliet, including a running 3-point bomb from near halfcourt to end the first half.
Tyler Faulkenberry had a double-double, scoring 14 points and ripping a season-high 10 rebounds while Christian Bell knocked four 3-pointers and also finished with 14. Trey Pruitt added 11 points the Bears, who improved to 5-3 in District 9-AAA and 8-12 overall.
Mt. Juliet connected on 21-of-30 at the line.
Lebanon was led by Cameron Oliver's 12 points and 10 from KeShawn Abston, who carried off the floor after crumbling to the ground with 2:45 left in regulation after sustaining a knee injury. Kobe Neuble and Donovan Blair each had eight while Tay Jackson had seven points.
The Blue Devils finished 10-of-15 at the charity stripe.
Lebanon lost for the second straight outing in the district, falling to 4-4 in 9-AAA and 12-7 overall.
Westmoreland 55, Watertown 38
WATERTOWN -- Westmoreland snapped Watertown's five-game winning streak and handed the Purple Tigers a 55-38 home loss Saturday, Jan. 17.
Leading 18-16 after one quarter, the Eagles pulled ahead 33-25 at halftime, then took control with a 15-3 third quarter run. Watertown was led by 20 points and 10 rebounds from Dylan Speck.
The Purple Tigers were an ice-cold 1-of-10 at the free throw line.
Watertown 63, TCHS 45
HARTSVILLE -- Watertown took care of business early, running out to a 25-7 lead and cruising in for a 63-45 victory at Trousdale County High Jan. 16.
The Tigers improved to 6-0 in District 8-A behind 27 points from Speck (and 10 rebounds) and 17 more from Seth Price. Watertown shot a sparkling 26-of-51 from the field (51 percent).
Hendersonville 54, Wilson Central 42
HENDERSONVILLE -- Wilson Central fell to 5-13 overall and 2-6 in District 9-AAA following Friday night's 54-42 loss at Hendersonville. The Commandos (6-10, 2-6 in 9-AAA) got 21 points from Austin Kirby.
Dez Mason had 16 points to lead the Wildcats. Gavin Johnson had nine, Adam Williams six, Cortez Owens and Aaron Schoch scored four points each and Dennis Stallings had three points.