ELIE LEADS THE WAY WITH 25
LEBANON -- Hustling on the defensive end and converting in the clutch, Lebanon’s Devilettes recorded a 57-47 win over No. 7-ranked Wilson Central Monday in the regular season finale for both teams at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
The victory halted an 11-game losing streak to the Lady Wildcats and gives first year coach Ashley Johnson’s squad some momentum heading into Thursday’s District 7AAA tournament -- a 7 p.m. home game vs. White County High.
Trailing 27-10 at intermission, Lebanon outscored Central 25-7 in the third quarter, taking the lead for good on a Shay Coggins layup.
LHS senior Icelyn Elie was unstoppable in the third period, scoring 12 of her game high 25 points. She drilled a pair of 3-pointers and used her wingspan to pick off seven steals. Elie, who was named 7AAA MVP earlier in the day, also pulled in five rebounds, handed out three assists and blocked a shot as the Devilettes improved to 11-13 on the season.
Ninth grader McKenzie Lamberson chipped in with eight points, including two 3-pointers, while Marissa Jennings had seven and one 3-point basket.
Coggins finished with six, Bryanna Payton five, Kayla Crowder four and Anna Stafford two points.
Jasmine Hassell led Wilson Central with 16 points while Taylor Peterson added 13 -- including a pair of threes.
Wilson Central ended the regular season at 23-5 overall and is idle until Saturday’s District 9AAA semifinal game at LaVergne.
Wildcats topple LHS -- Wilson Central closed out the regular season with a 53-51 win over Lebanon in Monday's nightcap. Three Wildcats scored in double figures, including Arcavius McMurray with 11 while Jarvis Jenkins and Kelton Stewart pitched in 10 points apiece.
Lebanon was led by senior Robert Crudup with 12 points. Justin Manning added 10 for the Blue Devils (14-12). LHS hosts Riverdale Friday at 7 p.m. in the 7AAA tourney.
Central (14-10) will host Smyrna in the 9AAA tournament Friday at 7 p.m.