LEBANON -- Down 11 at intermission, Lebanon outscored Mt. Juliet 44-23 in the second half for a stirring 60-50 District 9-AAA win Saturday at Campbell Brandon Gym.
"Mt. Juliet is awfully good in the half court," said LHS coach Jim McDowell. "We upped the tempo with the press and turned it into more of a fullcourt game. I'm awfully proud of how our guys bounced back after such a heart-breaker on Friday."
Junior guard Nolan Chowbay was brilliant in the loss for the Bears, leading all scorers with 24, including a 4-of-8 performance from beyond the arc.
However, Lebanon defenders limited the touches for MJ big man Reagan Johnson. After scoring 20 points on Friday in a win at Station Camp, Johnson shot just five times and scored 10 points.
Mt. Juliet (10-7 overall, 3-2 9-AAA) was 6-of-16 on 3-pointers and 10-of-11 from the free throw line.
Senior DaShawn McMurry had 16 to lead four Blue Devils in double figures. Eddie McDaniels was 7-of-7 from the free throw line and finished with 12 points while post Corvelle Huddleston was 5-of-5 from the field for 10, KeShawn Abston had 10 and K.K. Garnett had 10 points -- going perfect from the field.
LHS knocked down 7-of-11 3-point attempts and was 13-of-14 from the line. The Blue Devils improved to 12-4 overall, 3-2 in the district.
(girls) Mt. Juliet 62, Lebanon 32
Mt. Juliet didn't waste any time in Saturday's 62-32 win at Lebanon Saturday.
The Lady Bears exploded out of the gates for a 24-5 first quarter lead and never looked back -- improving to 13-1 overall / 5-0 in District 9-AAA.
Passing crisply, Mt. Juliet manuvered the ball close to the basket in the early going, connecting on 18-of-25 first half shots (72 percent).
Raeyana DeGray led the Lady Bears with 19 points, Sally McCabe had 16 and Ronjanae DeGray finished with 13.
Jameka Dowell had 10 and was the only Devilette in double figures. Morgan Bruce added eight and Madison Sloan six. LHS was playing without senior guard Kristen Dedman who rolled an ankle in a Saturday morning shoot around.
LHS fell to 6-9 overall / 1-4 in District 9-AAA with the loss.
(girls) Wilson Central 61, Siegel 42
MURFREESBORO -- Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats steadily pulled away in the second half for a 61-42 victory over Siegel Saturday afternoon in a non-district game.
Clinging to a 30-27 lead at intermission, WCHS outscored Siegel 31-15 in the second half, improving to 12-5 overall.
Central post player Dominique St. Louis had 14 points in the second half, leading all scorers with 25 while Kendall Spray added 15 points.
No. 2 Siegel 60, Wilson Central 57
MURFREESBORO -- Undefeated and No. 2-ranked Siegel rallied from an early 11-0 hole to down upset minded Wilson Central 60-57 Saturday afternoon.
Aden Burton's jumper with 35 seconds left kept the 16-0 Stars out of the loss column. Two minutes and three possessions earlier, it was Burton getting the ball stolen away at halfcourt by Jon Rosshirt, who turned it into a layup and the Wildcats' final lead.
Burton bounced back with a free throw on the following possession, and his winning jumper bookended Ryan Jones knocking down two free throws for Siegel.
Jacob Williams had 22 points for Wilson Central (10-4) while Ben Palmer finished with 11 and Rosshirt had 10 points.
(girls) Eagleville 46, MJ Christian 30
MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet Christian's Lady Saints fell behind early and never caught up in Saturday's 46-30 home loss to Eagleville. Meredith Orr had 10 points for MJCA while Lauren Wankel added eight.
MJCA will host Friendship Christian School Tuesday night.
(boys) Eagleville 55, MJ Christian 51
MT. JULIET -- Visiting Eagleville outscored their hosts 20-9 in the final eight minutes and scored a 55-51 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Saturday afternoon.
Newman Ward finished with 15 points for MJCA while Zack Jones had 12 and Alex Graves seven points.
Now 8-8 on the season, the Saints will host Friendship Christian School Tuesday evening.
FRIDAY RESULTS -- Mt. Juliet's girls were coming off a 69-32 road win over Station Camp Friday, blowing the game open with a 24-5 second period run.
Lebanon's girls led early against Beech Friday, but saw the Lady Bucs rally for a 52-45 win -- putting a damper on homecoming activities. Morgan Bruce had 15 to lead the Devilettes.
Mt. Juliet's boys knocked off District 9-AAA leading Station Camp Friday 55-53, improving to 10-6 overall, 3-1 in league play. Reagan Johnson led the Golden Bears with 20 points while Daniel Schroder finished with 13 and Nolan Chowbay had 12.
LHS dropped a heart-breaking double overtime loss to Beech Friday as Parker Henry drilled a 3-pointer with 2.1 second left in the contest. The Blue Devils fell to 11-4 overall, 2-2 in district play. Beech improved to 11-7, 2-4.
Henry paced the Bucs with 20 points while K.K. Garnett led LHS with 12. Mickell Taylor and DaShawn McMurry each had nine points.
Wilson Central played an afternoon doubleheader at Murfreesboro Siegel Saturday after rolling past Portland High Friday night. The Lady Wildcats improved to 11-5, 3-1 in District 9-AAA with a 58-33 victory over Portland.
Dominique St. Louis and Piper Elrod each had 12 points for Wilson Central while Hannah Brewer chipped in with 10 points.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats thumped Portland 54-25 behind a 21 point effort from Jacob Williams. Jon Rosshirt added 11 as Wilson Central improved to 11-3 overall, 3-1 in the district.
(girls) Watertown 64, Gordonsville 43
GORDONSVILLE -- Alicia Jennings fired in 17 points to lead Watertown to a 64-43 victory at Gordonsville Friday in District 8-A girls action. Shelby Mofield added 14 points as the Tigerettes upped their record to 12-6 overall, 4-01 in District 8-A.
(boys) Watertown 70, Gordonsville 64
GORDONSVILLE -- Night grade guard Seth Price knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead Watertown to a 70-64 win at Gordonsville. Dylan Speck had 15 and Ty Jobe 11 as Watertown moved to .500 at 9-9, 4-1 in the district.
(girls) DCA 40, Friendship Christian 28
DONELSON -- Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders slid to 2-9 on the season following Friday's 40-28 road loss to East-Middle District 1 rival Donelson Christian Academy. FCS eighth grade sisters Haley and Ashley Pittman each had eight points in the loss.
(boys) DCS 62, Friendship Christian 23
DONELSON -- Winless Friendship Christian dropped to 0-10 on the season following a 62-23 loss at Donelson Christian on Friday. Junior post Andrew Wood had 13 for the Commanders while Colton Gaines added four points.
FCS will be back in action Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.