MJ girls rally to stave off upset at Portland
PORTLAND — Mt. Juliet had to rally in the second half and saw Portland step out of bounds at the end of the game as the Lady Bears escaped with a 34-33 win Friday night.
The Lady Panthers led by two at halftime before the Lady Bears outscored the home team 22-18 in the second half. Mt. Juliet hurt itself by going just 5-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Center Emma Palmer kept the Lady Bears above water with 11 points. Tondrianna Davis and Nevaeh Majors each notched nine, Aaliyah Frazier and Gentry Houston two apiece and Shelby Petty a free throw as Mt. Juliet moved to 14-7 for the season and 6-4 in District 9-AAA.
Devilettes defeat Wilson Central
Lebanon outlasted visiting Wilson Central 45-32 Friday night at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
The Devilettes led 15-8 following the first quarter as Maleigha Oldham hit a pair of three-pointers for Lebanon. Point guard Addie Grace Porter closed the first half with a four-point trip – a basket, missed free throw but an offensive rebound, capped by a driving layup at the buzzer – to send the home team into halftime ahead 23-13.
Lebanon widened the margin to 34-18 through three periods as the Devilettes improved to 16-9 for the season and 8-2 in District 9-AAA. Central, which sank 10 of 13 fourth-quarter free throws, slipped to 13-10, 4-6.
Former Lady Wildcat Lindsey Freeman led Lebanon with 12 points while Porter added 11. Oldham and Aaryn Grace Lester each scored six while Anne Marie Heidebreicht and Allissa Mulaski finished with four apiece and Christaney Brookshire two free throws.
Freshman Sydnee Richetto led the Lady Wildcats with 10 points, hitting 5 of 6 from the line. Nicole Brill notched nine while Kenadhi Killebrew knocked down 6 of 9 foul shots in the fourth quarter and 7 of 11 for the game for her seven. Taylor Tucker finished with five and Sydney Dalton a free throw.
MJCA girls prevail 53-27
MT. JULIET — Three Lady Saints scored in double figures Friday night to lead Mt. Juliet Christian past Hendersonville Christian 53-27.
Caroline Hibbett scored 16 points to lead the Lady Saints while Caitlyn Smith finished with 14. Amelia Lyons added 13 and Marcella Gallione six as each sank a pair of three-point baskets. Sam Stilts supplied four.
The Lady Saints led 19-7 following the first quarter, 31-8 at halftime and 43-18 through three periods.
No one scored in double figures for Hendersonville Christian.