MJHS 65, Jefferson Co. 37
MURFREESBORO -- Mt. Juliet's bread and butter, a steady diet of inside shots, was hard for Jefferson County to digest in Wednesday's lopsided 65-37 quarterfinal win.
Sixteen of Mt. Juliet's first 17 buckets came on shots inside the paint by six-footers Sally McCabe and Ronjanae DeGray as the Lady Bears ran out to a 34-8 lead and never looked back.
"Our big girls have been pretty good for us," MJ Coach Chris Fryer said, "the more teams like to spread us out the more opportunities they give us to throw that thing inside. They were trying to pressure us and get turnovers, but that left us one on one inside."
The Lady Bears were an amazing 29-of-41 from the field (70.7%) and outrebounded Jefferson County 30-8.
McCabe and DeGray each went 9-of-10 from the field. McCabe, a Belmont signee, finished with 20 points and DeGray had 18.
Neither played in the fourth quarter as Fryer cleared his bench with a 59-21 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
McCabe gave everyone a scare when she twisted her right ankle at the 3:17 mark of the first quarter after banking in a short jumper to give Mt. Juliet an early 12-3 lead.
"I'm okay," she said after the game. "I got it taped and I'll have it iced later. It's fine."
Jefferson County wrapped up the season 22-12. Autumn Dodson led the Lady Patriots with nine points.
As a team, JC shot just 37% from the field (13-of-35) and was 4-of-10 at the line (40%).
With the victory, Mt. Juliet improved to 30-1 on the season, winning for the 25th consecutive outing.
Lady Bear history -- Mt. Juliet is making the program's 14th appearance in the tournament, the seventh with Fryer as head coach.
The Lady Bears are now 15-10 all-time in the state tournament -- having won championships in 1977, 1983 and 2005.
Larry Joe Inman coached the ‘77 squad, Tommy Martin the 1983 team and Fryer was at the helm in 2005.