WCHS remains undefeated at 16-0
NASHVILLE -- Leading 36-35 headed into the fourth quarter, Wilson Central closed out Mt. Juliet on a 20-9 run in Friday's 56-44 win over the Lady Bears in the finals of the John Overton Christmas Tournament.
The Lady Wildcats moved to 16-0 with the victory, headed into their 2017 opener -- a District 9-AAA home game Friday evening, Jan. 6 against Gallatin.
Ninth grader Lindsey Freeman paced Wilson Central with 21 points while Piper Elrod and Addison Byrd each added 13.
Mt. Juliet slipped to 11-3 with the loss and was led in scoring by ninth grade post player Emma Palmer with 21 points.
Aaliyah Frazier added nine and Julia Maki six points.
The Lady Bears return to the hard court Friday, Jan. 6 at District 9-AAA rival Beech.
Wilson Central 62, Independence 38
NASHVILLE -- Wilson Central reached the tournament finals with a 62-38 victory over Independence Thursday, Dec. 29.
Byrd knocked down six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 22 points.
Mt. Juliet advanced to the finals with a 63-51 victory over Antioch in the other semifinal.
The Lady Bears broke open a 31-all game at intermission with an 18-4 third quarter run.
Frazier scored 29 points for the winners while Tondriannha Davis added 14.
Bledsoe County 51, Friendship Christian 48
JAMESTOWN -- Trailing 20-16 at intermission, Bledsoe County went on a 19-9 third quarter run and help off a late Friendship Christian comeback try in Saturday's third place game of the Hall's Sgt. York Southeastern Christmas Invitational.
The Lady Commanders stood 5-8 on the season after the fourth place finish in the eight-team tournament,
Hailey Pittman led three FCS scorers in double figures with 15 points while her sister Ashlyn Pittman (all-tournament) had 11 and Autumn Groves 10.
Rebecca Petross chipped in with six points.
York Institute 54, Friendship 43
JAMESTOWN -- Harli Smith poured in 27 points to lead tournament host York Institute to a 54-42 victory over Friendship Christian in Friday's tournament semifinals.
The Lady Commanders trailed 28-17 at intermission, but managed to trim the lead to 37-32 headed into the final eight minutes of regulation.
Ashlyn Pittman led FCS with 18 points while her twin sister Hailey added 10. Groves scored eight and Petross four.
Friendship will travel to Murfreesboro Friday, Jan. 6 to take on Providence Christian Academy.
Lebanon 77, Perry County 44
CENTERVILLE -- Lebanon High rolled to a 77-44 win over Perry County Friday, Dec. 30 in the consolation finals of the "Above the Rim Invitational", hosted by Hickman County High.
LHS (9-7 overall) charged ahead 16-8 after one period and took a comfortable 42-24 lead into intermission.
Junior guard Maleigha Oldham knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points -- and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
Senior post Caleah Shannon and freshman wing Allissa Mulaski each had 11 points.
Brentwood Academy 82, Lebanon 64
CENTERVILLE -- Three-time Division II-AA state champion Brentwood Academy rolled to an 82-64 victory over Lebanon in Thursday evening's semifinals of the "Above the Rim Invitational".
BA (11-1 overall) went on to defeat Dickson County 50-34 in the tournament finals on Friday.
Lebanon trailed 22-16 after one period and 44-26 at intermission.
Oldham led the Devilettes with 12 points, while Anne Marie Heidebreicht, Shannon and Aaryn Grace Lester each scored 11 points.
LHS will be back in action Friday, Jan. 6 as District 9-AAA rival Station Camp comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. contest.