LEBANON – It’s not so much how you start, but rather how you finish.
Down 16-2 in the first quarter, Wilson Central’s Lady Wildcats rallied for 61-51 victory over Stewarts Creek Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Thanksgiving Classic at Lebanon High's Campbell Brandon Gym.
"I told the girls at the end of the first quarter that there was no way they (Stewarts Creek) could continue to shoot like that," said Wilson Central coach Bud Brandon. "It turned a little bit when (Kendall) Spray hit a couple of threes and we got Dominique (St. Louis) involved."
The Lady Wildcats trimmed the Stewarts Creek lead to just 23-15 at the end of the quarter, then slowly pulled ahead to lead 37-30 at intermission.
Sophomore Kendall Spray ripped six 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 26 points and St. Louis finished with 14. Rachel Burkett added six points and Kayla Jackson chipped in with four.
WCHS inside players St. Louis and Hailey Averitt played despite battling a stomach bug.
"Stewarts Creek is hard to guard," Brandon said, "they're quick and athletic. I thought our girls did a good job of coming back and overcoming some adversity -- being down 16-2 in our first game of the year. We still made a lot of mistakes, but I think we can be a good team."
Wilson Central (1-0) will return to action Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against Nashville Maplewood.
(girls) Mt. Juliet 59, Columbia Central 43
LEBANON -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears got double-digit scoring from three players in Friday's 59-43 win over Columbia Central in the Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Thanksgiving Classic at Lebanon High's Campbell Brandon Gym.
Post player Sally McCabe led all scoreers with 26, Rae DeGray added 19 and Ronjanae DeGary chipped in with 10 as the Lady Bears imroved to 4-0 on the season.
Mt. Juliet will be back in action Saturday with a 12 Noon game vs. Stewarts Creek.
(girls) Lebanon 76, Maplewood 37
LEBANON -- Abby Wright poured in 21 points on a 9-of-14 shooting effort to lead Lebanon's girls to a 76-37 win over Maplewood Friday evening in the opening night of the Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Thanksgiving Classic at Campbell Brandon Gym.
The Devilettes (1-2 on the season) will close out the classic as they take on the Royals from Martin Luther King Magnet today at 6 p.m.
LHS dominated on the glass out-rebounding Maplewood 36-17 as Kelsey Yarbrough pulled in seven boards and Madison Sloan six.
Yarbrough added 12 points and Sloan 10 for Lebanon. Bailey Sells chipped in with eight and Morgan Bruce had six.
Destiny Hayes led knocked down five 3-pointers and led Maplewood with 18 points.
(boys) Riverdale 72, Lebanon 56
LEBANON -- Riverdale outscored host Lebanon 24-10 in the second quarter and went on to record a 72-56 win over the Blue Devils in the Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Thanksgiving Classic at Campbell Brandon Gym.
Steven Wilson connected on four of his five 3-point attempts and finished with 20 points to pace the Warriors.
Lebanon's DaShawn McMurry went 5-of-8 from beyond the stripe and had 21 points to lead all scorers. He was also 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Drake Allen finished with nine points and KeShawn Abston added eight for the Blue Devil -- who fell to 2-1 with the loss.
LHS will be back on the hardwood tonight as they take on Livingston Academy in a 7:30 p.m. game to close out the classic.
MURFREESBORO -- Wilson Central’s boys lost to Chattanooga Tyler 64-45 Friday afternoon in the Venture Express Classic at Siegel High.
Leading just 13-12 after one quarter, Tyner went on a 20-7 run to lead 33-19 at intermission.
Jacob Williams led Wilson Central with 13 points, while Ben Palmer added 10 points.
The Wildcats will play Murfreesboro Oakland Saturday at 3 p.m.
(boys) Mt. Juliet wins two in LaVergne
LaVERGNE -- Mt. Juliet's boys have landed in Saturday's finals of the O'Charley's Showcase at LaVergne High.
The Golden Bears (3-2) are scheduled to play Brentwood High today at 1:30 p.m. in the finals after having topped 52-41 Ravenwood and downing host LaVergne 62-59 -- both games on Friday.
John Mark Bell had a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) to lead the Bears against Ravenwood. Daniel Schroder and James Womack had 12 points each.
Nolan Chowbay had 22 to lead Mt. Juliet against LaVergne. Reagan Johnson had 13 and Womack 12 for the winners.
(girls) Giles County 58, Watertown 49
CHAPEL HILL -- Giles County went on a 17-1 third quarter run to down Watertown 58-49 Friday in the second round of the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic.
Alicia Jennings had 16 for Watertown while Bobbi Staats added 11.
The Tigerettes (4-2) will play Columbia Academy Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Eagleville.
On Wednesday in Chapel Hill, the Tigerettes rallied from nine points down at intermission to knock off Marshall County 63-53. Shelby Mofield led Watertown with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Bobbi Staats added 12 points and Alicia Jennings chipped in with 11. Dae Dae Nunley and Katie Dalton each had eight points.
Saturday, the Purple Tigers will play Fayetteville 4 p.m. Saturday at Forrest.
Friday, Nov. 29
12 Noon (girls) Wilson Central 61, Stewarts Creek 51
1:30 pm (girls) Mt Juliet 59, Columbia Central 43
3 pm White County vs. Martin L. King (girls)
4:30 pm Livingston Academy vs. White County (boys)
6 pm (girls) Lebanon 76, Maplewood 37
7:30 pm (boys) Riverdale 72, Lebanon 56
Saturday, Nov. 30
12 Noon Stewarts Creek vs. Mt Juliet (girls)
1:30 pm Columbia Central vs. White County (girls)
3 pm White County vs. Riverdale (boys)
4:30 pm Maplewood vs. Wilson Central (girls)
6 pm Lebanon vs. Martin L. King (girls)
7:30 pm Lebanon vs. Livingston Academy (boys)