Neuble, Jackson lead the way
LEBANON -- Veterans Tay Jackson and Kobe Neuble helped pave the way for Lebanon's 58-54 Senior Night win over Gallatin Friday at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
Jackson led all scorers with 23 points and Neuble added 13 of his 17 points in the second half as Jim McDowell's Blue Devils improved to 19-5 overall and 9-3 in District 9-AAA.
Sophomore Noah Mulaski's four-point play with 3:55 left in regulation gave LHS a 50-49 lead and moments later he hit another bomb for a 53-50 edge.
"Noah has been in a little bit of a slump," McDowell said. "We told him that everybody on the bench thinks his shot is going in. He's just got to believe that. He made some big plays on both ends."
With his team nursing a two point lead Mulaski's pressure on the wing helped forced a Green Wave turnover that was picked up by Neuble. The senior wisely passed up a break-away and was fouled. He knocked down two free throws with 1.2 second left to ice the win.
"Tay carried us in the first half and Kobe broke loose in the second half," McDowell said.
Neuble's step back 3-pointer with :23 seconds remaining proved to be a dagger for Gallatin, giving Lebanon and 56-54 advantage.
"At the end of the game, there's nobody else I'd rather see with the ball in their hands," McDowell said of Neuble. "He's hit a lot of clutch shots for us over the last two-plus seasons.
"He had a chance for a dunk there at the end of the game, but showed some maturity, passed up the shot and allowed Gallatin to foul him. I about had a heart attack because I've never seen him turn down a shot.
"I couldn't be more proud of this group. Over the past two years they've got 19-4 at home."
Playing shorthanded with junior Cameron Oliver sidelined with a shoulder injury, LHS got a stellar effort off the bench from David Covile who pulled in 10 rebounds and blocked two shots.
Mulaski finished with nine points, Eddie Jackson had five, Coville two and Devin Campbell two.
(girls) Lebanon 65, Gallatin 42
Extending their winning streak to three consecutive games, Lebanon's Devilettes went on a 16-0 run in the first half of Friday's 65-42 Senior Night win over Gallatin. Coach Cory Barrett's squad improved to 12-14 overall, 5-7 in District 9-AAA headed into a Feb. 9 game at Beech High.
Lebanon's Kendra Brown led all scorers with 15, Maleigh Oldham finished with 14 and Ireland Elie powered in 12. Caleah Shannon and Bailey Sells each had eight for the winners.
Friday night girls
Hendersonville 45, Mt. Juliet 40
HHS outscores MJ 14-7 down the stretch.
Lady Bears fall to 14-7 overall, 9-3 in district
Wilson Central 57, Station Camp 42
Kendall Spray with 32 pts.
Lady 'Cats now 24-0 / 12-0 in district
Friendship Christian 46, Hendersonville Christian 24
Ashlyn Pittman with 14
FCS now 14-6 overall
DCA 39, MJ Christian 25
Lady Saints fall to 12-9 / 4-4 in district
Emily Hicks with 15 for MJCA
Watertown 60, Trousdale Co. 32
Nunley 13, Staats 12
Tigerettes now 17-8 / 7-1 in district
Coach Lane Price earns win No. 100
WHS hosts Goodpasture Saturday at 6 pm
Friday night boys
Mt. Juliet 64, Hendersonville 42
Joey Hayes 15, Christian Bell 14
Bears win 6th straight game
Now 18-6 / 9-3 in 9-AAA
Station Camp 71, Wilson Central 56
Aaron Schoch & Dez Mason w/ 16 each
Wildcats fall to 11-13 / 3-7 in 9-AAA
Friendship 58, Hendersonville Christian 42
FCS closes on 15-4 run, now 12-11 overall
Zach Balir with 16 points
DCA 57, MJ Christian 45
Tyler West & Nathan Green 11 each
Saints' 3rd loss in a row
Now 13-9 / 6-3 in district
Watertown 76, Trousdale Co. 62
Price with 26, four others in double figures
Tigers now 20-9 / 8-0 in district
WHS hosts Goodpasture Saturday, Feb. 6