DISTRICT 8A, 9AAA SEMIFINALS
By TOMMY BRYAN
It doesn’t get much better than a pair of arch rivals meeting in tournament play, one with something to prove and the other look for a seasonal sweep. Unless you’ve two matchups fitting this very description.
Underdogs Watertown and Lebanon High will be looking to make statements tonight as they play in-county foes tonight in their respective district tournaments. The Purple Tigers of Coach Matt Bradshaw will challenge No. 1 seeded Friendship Christian tonight at 6 p.m. in the semifinals of the District 8A tournament being staged at Gordonsville.
Friendship, 18-4 under the direction of first year head coach Cleve Harris, swept through district play with a perfect record -- including a pair of close wins over Watertown.
Watertown lost a coin flip and had to survive a play-in game Monday vs. Trousdale County -- winning 67-54 -- to earn a third crack at the Commanders. Watertown improved to 16-11 on the season, thanks double digit scoring from four players. Cameron Jordan led the way with 19, KeAndre Bates had 16, ninth grader Ty Jobe came off the bench for 13 and Ben Bain added 11 points.
Tonight’s winners and losers will match up with the Gordonsville - Red Boiling Springs winners / losers Tuesday at Gordonsville. The consolation game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the championship game at 7:30 p.m.
9AAA tournament -- Lebanon’s Blue Devils can take out a year’s worth of frustration tonight as they take on Wilson Central in the opening round of the District 9AAA tournament. Action begins at 7 p.m. at No. 2-seeded Wilson Central.
The Wildcats stand 19-7 overall after winning 64-45 at Hendersonville High Sunday afternoon. Central tied for the regular season title with Gallatin, but lost a coin flip for the top seed in the tournament.
LHS stands 7-20 overall after losing Monday at White County. Also tonight, Mt. Juliet’s boys will travel to Beech for a 9AAA opener. The Golden Bears (18-8 overall) finished in a three-way tie for third place with Beech and Station Camp.