MT. JULIET -- Eighteen turnovers, including a string of three straight in overtime, proved to be too much for Mt. Juliet to overcome in Tuesday's (Dec. 13)62-57 loss to nationally-ranked Riverdale.
The loss was the first of the season for the Lady Bears, who fell to 9-1 overall. Riverdale, ranked No. 18 in the USA Today national prep poll, improved to 6-2.
"We've got some young kids put there and sometimes we lose our heads," said MJ head coach Chris Fryer. "When we moved the basketball, made the extra pass, it led to some easy shots. It was as if we refused to do that in crucial times. Every time we took a quick shot, it played into Riverdale's hands."
The loss overshadowed a brilliant 32-point effort from Mt. Juliet post player Caya Williams. Sophomore Sally McCabe added 16 points. No other Lady Bear had more than three points as Riverdale's physical guards kept turning up the pressure.
Riverdale's Shacobia Barbee led the Lady Warriors with 18 points, Alexa Middleton had 16 and Toyree Watkins drilled three 3-pointers and finished with 11.
Mt. Juliet had an eight point lead in the first half, only to see Riverdale battle back and eventually take an eight-point lead in the second half. The game was tied at 53-all at the end of regulation.
Mt. Juliet will be back in action Friday as they host the annual Chick-fil-A Classic. MJ is scheduled to play Blackman at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Saturday contest vs. Shelbyville Central.
(boys) MJ 48, Riverdale 27
On a night when the offense wasn't clicking, Mt. Juliet's defense stepped up in a big way for a 48-27 victory over Riverdale in Tuesday's nightcap.
Coach Troy Allen's team won its eighth consecutive game and improved to 8-2 with the victory. Riverdale slipped to 5-2 with the loss. MJ took a 27-11 lead at intermission, closing out the second quarter on a 16-1 run.
Caleb Chowbay paced the Bears with 13 points. DeShawn McMurry had 11 and Quinton Hall added eight.
Mt. Juliet will host Siegel Friday in an 8 p.m. game in the Chick-fil-A Classic, then will play Shelbyville Central Saturday at 8 p.m.
LHS SWEEPS SHELBYVILLE
LEBANON -- Julia Fox and Madison Sloan combined for 37 points Tuesday night as Lebanon High's Devilettes downed Shelbyville Central 62-37 at Campbell Bandon Gym.
The victory was Lebanon's fourth against six losses this season and marked the programs first win over the Eaglettes since the 1984 season. Fox drilled four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points while Sloan scored 18 around the bucket.
LHS led 17-8 after one period and 29-21 at intermission.
(boys) LHS 54, SCHS 38
LEBANON -- A smothering Blue Devil defense kept Shelbyville Central at bay most of the night in Tuesday's 54-38 win over the Eagles Tuesday at Campbell Brandon Gym.
Lebanon (3-6) led 13-5 after one quarter and 29-12 at intermission. Post man Cameron High had 15 points to lead all scorers while KeShawn Abston chipped in with 12. Case Sloan scored nine points, Zimmer Hunn seven and Cody Yarbrough five.
The Blue Devils will be on the road Friday night at Oakland High in Murfreesboro.
CENTRAL WINS TWO AT SMYRNA
SMYRNA -- Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats improved to 6-2 on the season following Tuesday night's 68-59 victory at Smyrna.
Sydney Vanlandingham went off for 34 points while Taylor Peterson added 19 for the winners. Heather Hall connected on three 3-pointers and finished with nine points.
Coach Bud Brandon's team took control early with a 17-6 first quarter lead. The team is idle until after Christmas when the Lady Wildcats play in the annual Greeneville Ladies Classic.
(boys) Wilson Central 75, Smyrna 59
SMYRNA -- Malcolm St. Louis and Dee Oldham each had double-doubles Tuesday to lead Wilson Central to a 75-59 victory at Smyrna.
St. Louis had 22 points, 12 rebounds and blocked three shots while Oldham scored 16 points and pulled in 11 rebounds as Central improved to 8-1 on the season. Tyler Soffiantio had 14 points while Connor Brandon had 12 points on four 3-pointers.
Central will open play in the Gatlinburg Pittman Tournament Dec. 21 vs. Perry County, KY.