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Mt. Juliet only local girls team to win in regional openers

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Only one Wilson County girls basketball team survived Friday night's regional quarterfinals -- the Mt. Juliet Lady Bears.

MJHS improved to 30-3 on the season with a lopsided 80-43 home win over Kenwood in the Region 5AAA tournament.

MTSU signee Caya Williams ripped Kenwood for 26 points while soph post Sally McCabe added 20. The Lady Bears shot out to a 28-8 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

Mt. Juliet will advance to the regional semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Northeast High where the Lady Bears will take on Rossview High -- a 48-35 winner over Beech in Friday's other quarterfinal match.

CLARKSVILLE -- Undefeated Clarksville High rode a 25 point performance from UT signee Bashaara Graves Friday for a 59-35 home win over Wilson Central in the Region 5AAA opener.

Clarksville (33-0) led 31-21 at intermission and put the game away in the third quarter, as it outscored Wilson Central 14-5 in the period. Defense was key asCHS held Wilson Central to one basket over the final 7:01 of the quarter to lead 45-26 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Wilson Central (18-11) was led by 14 points from Sydney Vanlandingham and 13 from Taylor Peterson.

Wilson Central 7 14 5 9 35
Clarksville 16 15 14 14 59
Wilson Central: Sydney Comer 4, Taylor Peterson 13, Rachel Bean 1, Sydney Vanlandingham 12, Dominique St. Louis 5. Team totals 12 8-13 35.
Clarksville: Bashaara Graves 25, Jessy Ward 12, Tiasha Gray 7, Tia Nicholson 9, Sierra Rozar 6. Team totals 26 5-6 59.
3-point field goals: Wilson Central 3 (Vanlandingham 2, Peterson 1), Clarksville High 2 (Nicholson 1, Gray 1).

GAINESBORO -- Powerful Jackson County placed four players in double figures in Friday's Region 4A quarterfinal 59-37 win over visiting Watertown.

The Lady Blue Devils led 18-7 after one quarter and never looked back -- improving to 24-6 on the season.

Watertown ended its season at 18-14 and was led by 12 points from Hailey Speck and 11 from Jordan Brewington.

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