Wildcats headed to Class AAA state
GLADEVILLE -- Overcoming a less than stellar night at the free throw line, Wilson Central knocked off Hunters Lane 54-38 in the Class AAA sectional game Tuesday and earned a berth in next week's state tournament.
Coach Troy Bond's squad shot a miserable 9-of-23 (39 percent) from the charity stripe, but was never threatened after taking pulling ahead 33-17 at the 3:47 mark of the third period thanks to back-to-back one step dunks by Preston Reed.
Deante Miller and Reed both provided sparks off the bench for the Wildcats, Miller with both a steal and a blocked shots that he turned into coast to coast layups in the first half.
"Deante has another gear," Bond said, "he comes in and gives us a spark. And Reed gave us some physical play off the bench with those dunks and a blocked shot. I'm just so proud of our guys for the way they battled."
Wilson Central trailed 8-6 after the first quarter, then outscored the Warriors 18-7 in the second to take a 24-16 lead into intermission. WCHS led 37-21 after three, then took a 41-21 advantage before Hunters Lane started to chip away -- thanks in part to the poor free throw shooting down the stretch.
Now 26-6 overall, Wilson Central will wait until Saturday morning's TSSAA draw before knowing their state tournament quarterfinal foe.
Held scoreless in the first quarter, Wildcat senior Jacob Williams led his team with 17 points. Ben Palmer added 11, Matthew Hall eight and Jon Rosshirt seven.
Austin Cory led Hunters Lane with 11 points.