Devilettes stun Mt. Juliet
MT. JULIET -- Bailey Sells scored the game-winner on a putback with 1.8 seconds left in regulation to lift Lebanon High's girls to a 32-31 win at Mt. Juliet Monday in a District 9-AAA makeup game.
The Devilettes improved to 10-14 overall / 3-7 in the district and recorded their first victory over the Lady Bears since December of 2002 when Barbara Hallums was the LHS coach.
"Every possession was a battle," said Devilette coach Cory Barrett, "and that's how Lebanon and Mt. Juliet should be. I think you can call this a signature win for our program."
The game was nip and tuck all the way as Lebanon led 13-12 at intermission, then fell behind 25-14 in the third before cutting Mt. Juliet's lead to just 25-22 to start the fourth.
With Mt. Juliet nursing a 32-31 lead, the Lady Bears missed the front end of a one-and-one at the 17.6 mark of regulation, opening the door.
Inbounding the ball from the sideline, after a timeout, Lebanon's Jordyne Denney attacked the basket and missed -- but Sells was in position for the offensive board and the game winner.
Sells led LHS with 10 points while Maleigha Oldham had eight and Ireland Elie finished with six before fouling out with 5:04 left. Kendra Brown's only points came on a clutch 3-pointer with 40 seconds left.
Video of the game-winning basket -- https://www.facebook.com/tommy.bryan.355/videos/10208402866258611/
Tavie Bell had 15 to lead Mt. Juliet (13-6 / 8-2 district). Payton Brumbaugh and Karly Dyer each ahd five in the loss.
Mt. Juliet finished 1-of-10 from 3-point range and just 8-of-14 at the line against Lebanon's matchup zone.
(boys) Mt. Juliet 74, Lebanon 64
The 1-2 punch of Christian Bell (30 points, six 3-pointers) and Tyler Faulkenberry (25, four 3-pointers) proved to be too much for Lebanon High Monday as Mt. Juliet dealt the Blue Devils a 74-64 loss.
"We haven't shot great all year long, but what we saw tonight was the way we'd like our offense to run," said MJHS coach Troy Allen.
"Christian was special tonight and he did a great job on (Noah) Mulaski who pretty much beat us last time. I'm really proud of the job he did defensively."
"It took some guts to take and make big shots in this atmosphere," Allen said, "Lebanon pretty much matched us shot for shot through two quarters."
Cameron Oliver and Kobe Neuble each had 22 points to lead the Blue devils -- who dropped to 18-4 overall / 8-2 in District 9-AAA.
Mt. Juliet improved to 16-6 / 6-3 in the district headed into a Tuesday road game at Beech.
LHS is scheduled to host undefeated Station Camp at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
Friendship sweeps SAS
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian School pulled off a doubleheader sweep over St. Andrew's-Sewanee Monday night at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
The Lady Commanders improved to 12-6 on the season following a 55-18 win in the opener as Autumn Groves had 17 points and Hailey Pittman added 12.
The FCS boys recorded a 47-38 victory in the nightcap, moving to 10-11 overall. Zach Blair led FCS with 14 points, Brady Stovall had eight and Gregory Elliott seven.
Friendship is scheduled to host district rival Mt. Juliet Christian Academy tonight in a 6 p.m. twinbill.
Central splits with HHS
GLADEVILLE -- Kendall Spray poured in 35 points Monday to help lift Wilson Central to a 71-61 overtime victory over visiting Hendersonville High.
The UT-Martin signee connected on 6-of-16 from 3-point range and 13-of-16 at the line. She also pulled in eight rebounds, with four steals and four assists.
Addison Byrd added 17 points, Taylor Tucker had eight and Nathalie Ventura pulled in 10 rebounds.
WCHS stayed undefeated at 22-0 on the season and 10-0 in District 9-AAA headed into tonight's 6:30 p.m. home game vs. Gallatin.
Hendersonville's boys rode a balanced offensive attack in Monday's 62-57 win over the Wildcats.
Ryne Loper had 16 points, Jordan Amis finished with 15 and Jason Hernado scored 11 points.
Desmond Mason led the Wildcats with 22 points as WCHS slipped to 11-11 / 3-7 in the district.
FRIDAY RESULTS -- Blue Devils top Central 52-50
LEBANON -- Sophomore Eddie Jackson's last second putback of a Kobe Neuble miss handed Lebanon a 52-50 win over Wilson Central Friday night at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
LHS (18-3 / 8-1 District 9-AAA) trailed 21-5 in the early going and 35-16 at intermission, only to go on a 22-4 third quarter run.
Jackon led Lebanon with 21 points while Dawson Hamilton paced the Wildcats (11-10 overall / 3-6) with 15 points.
(girls) Wilson Central 81, Lebanon 37
Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats knocked down 14 3-point buckets in Friday night's 81-37 win over Lebanon High.
Kendall Spray led the assault with nine 3-pointers on the way to 36 points. Taylor Tucker added 15 and Piper Elrod had 10 as the Lady 'Cats moved to 21-0 on the season / 9-0 in District 9-AAA.
Ireland Elie led the Devilettes (9-14 / 2-7) with eight points.
(boys) Watertown 88, Gordonsville 73
WATERTOWN -- Going on a 30-19 third quarter run, Watertown broke open a close game and defeated Gordonsville 88-73 Friday night.
Shaking off an ankle sprain, Seth Price led the Purple Tigers with 25 points while Ty Love chipped in with 18. Vote Bates also reached double figures with 16.
(girls) Watertown 67, Gordonsville 19
Friday's opener found Watertown's Tigerettes running away from visiting Gordonsville 67-19.
Bobbi Staats powered in 15 points to lead all scorers. DaeDae Nunley and Mya Gaines each had 12 as WHS improved to 14-9 / 5-1 in the district.
(girls) Knox Webb 73, Friendship 43
LEBANON -- Defending Division II-A state champion Knoxville Webb rolled to a 73-43 win over Friendship Christian Friday at the bay Family Sportsplex.
Ashlynn Pittman paced FCS (10-6 / 2-3) with 23 points and Autumn groves added eight.
(boys) Knox Webb 78, Friendship 43
Friendship Christian dropped to 8-11 overall / 1-4 in the East-Middle District 1-A with a 78-43 home loss to Knoxville Webb Friday night.
Zach Blair led FCS with 13 points and Hayden White had nine.
(girls) Mt. Juliet 44, Portland 43
PORTLAND -- Cassidy Harris drilled a pair of clutch free throws with five seconds left in regulation to lift Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears to a 44-43 victory at Portland Friday night. With the win, Mt. Juliet moved to 13-5 on the season and 8-1 in District 9-AAA.
(boys) Mt. Juliet 52, Portland 35
Coach Troy Allen's Golden bears improved to 16-6 overall and 6-3 in District 9-AAA following Friday's 52-35 win at Portland. Christian Bell led the way with 16 points, Austin brown had 14 and Joey hayes chipped in with nine.
(boys) MJ Christian 56, SAS 27
MT. JULIET -- Three players scored in double figures Friday as Mt. Juliet Christian topped St. Andrew's-Sewanee 56-27.
Justus Willis finished with 13, Will Samuels and Logan Anderson eacah had 10 points as the Saints improved to 13-6 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the East-Middle District 1-A.
(girls) MJ Christian 53, SAS 23
Caroline Scott poured in 26 points Friday to lead Mt. Juliet Christian Academy to a 53-23 home win over St. Andrew's-Sewanee.
Marcella Gallione chipped in with 12 points as the Lady Saints improved to 12-6 overall / 4-2 in the district.