A game of runs settled into the offense and defensive flow Mt. Juliet fans have seen for decades as the Lady Bears got 17 points from freshman Emma Palmer and 16 from classmate Aaliyah Frazier, primarily from the low block, as MJ, which had struggled so much in 2017, moved into a familiar place for the program, if not most of the current roster, Monday’s 8 p.m. final against the Beech-Wilson Central winner.
The win also booked a first-round home Region 5-AAA game at 7 p.m. Friday with the winner returning to Brandon Gym for the semifinals Feb. 27.
The Lady Bears led 13-6 late in the first quarter. But a 9-0 run by Station Camp put the Lady Bison in front 20-15.
Mt. Juliet answered with 14 straight to take the lead 29-20. The Lady Bears executed while Station Camp went cold as MJ improved to 16-11 and SC fell to 22-6, Monday’s 6:30 p.m. consolation contest against the Beech-Central loser and on the road for the regional.
Senior Cassidy Harris, Mt. Juliet’s only non-senior starter, and ninth-grader Nevaeh Majors each scored six while veteran Julia Maki finished with four fourth-quarter free throws.
Cassidy Fry flung in five three-pointers for her 15 to lead the Lady Bison while Emiline Payne eight of her 14 in the first quarter.