GREENEVILLE -- Wilson Countys two entrants in the 23rd annual LandAir Ladies Classic opened with a splash Tuesday morning, thumping their respective opponents.
Wilson Central, now 7-2 on the season, is scheduled to play tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. CST against either Greeneville or Charlotte Christian School in the semifinals.
Mt. Juliet High, 12-1 overall, is on tap to play in a 4:30 p.m. contest against either Chuckey-Doak or Christian Academy of Knoxville in the other semifinal matchup.
Wilson Central 68, Cocke County 39
GREENEVILLE -- Wilson Central used a 9-0 run in the final 1:12 of the first half to break open a tight game and move to a 68-39 victory over Cocke County in the tournament's opening game Tuesday morning at Hal Henard Gym.
Sydney Vanlandingham pretty much had her way in the paint for the Wildcats as she poured in 27 points, 21 of them coming in the first half.
She connected on 11-of-14 shots from the field and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Taylor Peterson chipped in with 18 for Wilson Central as she and Sydney Comer each pulled in five rebounds.
Wilson Central hit on 29-of-53 field goal attempts (54.7 percent), but went 0-11 on 3-point attempts.
The Lady Wildcats shot 77 percent from the free throw line, connecting on 10-of-13. Central forced Cocke County into 23 turnovers. Cocke County (6-8) got eight points from Heather Ottinger to lead the way.
Mt. Juliet 78, Morristown East 36
GREENEVILLE -- In a battle of teams with identical 11-1 records, two-time Ladies' Classic champion Mt. Juliet used an 11-0 first-quarter run to take charge and defeat Morristown East 78-36 in Tuesday mornings opening round at Hal Henard Gym.
2009 Classic MVP Caya Williams paced the Golden Bears to the victory, scoring 20 of her game-high 24 points in the first half and leading all players with 11 rebounds.
As a team, the Golden Bears shot 66.7 percent (34-for-51) from the field in the game.
Williams, an MTSU signee, had 14 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter alone to help the Golden Bears to a 23-14 lead.
Mt. Juliet led 39-25 at halftime thanks to 60 percent shooting in the opening half, then outscored Morristown East 39-11 in the second half to put the game away.
Three other Lady Bears cracked double figures as ninth grade guard Jamasha Jackson had 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Sally McCabe was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and two-for-two at the line to finish with 12 points. Sophomore Brandy Alley came off the bench for 10 points on a 5-for-6 effort from the field.