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WCHS boys won't overlook Portland

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By TOMMY BRYAN
All games involving Wilson County prep basketball teams scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13 will go on as scheduled. Here's a look at tonight's District 9AAA games between Portland and Wilson Central. -- HOWEVER, the Central - Portland doubleheader will start at 5 p.m.

Its human nature to look ahead, especially for 16 and 17 year-old basketball players. But Wilson Central boys basketball coach Troy Bond says his troops with be focused on the task at hand -- tonights home game with Portland -- and not on Tuesdays District 9AAA showdown at Mt. Juliet.

We obviously take every game one at a time, Bond said. Portland has a new coach in Bill Duncan who took Greeneville to the state several years ago, so we are definitely concerned about them first and foremost. The (Tyrone) Harrison kid for Portland is a really good player.

Wilson Central (13-2) has not lost to a team from Tennessee so far this season.

Overall, we have played pretty solid defensively but still have some things to get
better at to be able to do anything in the tourney on down the road, Bond said. Our focus is to work hard everyday and continue to progress as a team -- to never be satisfied with where we are as a team.

Malcolm St. Louis recorded a double-double (19 points and 12 rebounds) to help power the Widcats to a 54-41 victory over Station Camp Tuesday night. Dee Oldham had 16 and Connor Brandon six as Wilson Central remained undefeated in 9AAA at 5-0.

Portland enters tonights game losers of four games in a row -- including a 75-42 home loss Tuesday night to Beech.

Tonights girls game will tip-off at5 p.m. Wilson Centrals Lady Wildcats needed a late free throw by senior Sydney Vanlandingham Tuesday to hold off a determined Station Camp team 42-41.

Bud Brandons team improved to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the league with the win. Vanlandingham led the way for WCHS with 16 points while Taylor Peterson chipped in with 12.

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