LAFAYETTE -- Junior Kristen Vantrease knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead Watertown to a 57-53 victory over Friendship Christian in Tuesday night's opening game of the District 8A basketball tournament.
Watertown improved to 18-11 overall and will advance to a 6:30 p.m. semifinal game Thursday vs. No. 1-seeded Gordonsville.
The Tigerettes led 33-22 at intermission, only to see FCS go on a 21-9 third quarter run to seize a 43-42 lead after three. Watertown out-scored the Lady Commanders 15-10 in the final eight minutes as Vantrease drilled a 3-pointer with about two minutes left, then Jordan Brewington connected on two free throws to ice the game.
Hailey Speck had 15 points while Brewington and Morgan Gartner each had seven.
Friendship was led by 27 points from the dynamic Deja Jones; Andi Morrisett had 10 and Kaitlyn Teeter eight. FCS ended the season 7-16 overall.
BOYS OPENER -- No. 5 seeded Trousdale County defeated No. 4 seed Red Boiling Springs 46-42 Tuesday. Trousdale County will play No. 1 Friendship Christian Friday at 6:30 p.m.