The Lady Cougars led most of the way, but Watertown forged a 40-40 tie early in the fourth quarter, but missed a free throw in an ‘and one’ with 32 seconds left which would have also knotted the game. Goodpasture hit enough free throws in the closing seconds to take the title in the final 8-A final for both teams.
Both teams will play host to Region 4-A tournament openers at 7 p.m. next Friday before the winners advance to the semifinals at Watertown on Feb. 27.
The teams went back and forth in the first quarter. Maria Allocco picked up a loose ball and went coast-to-coast for a layup to beat the quarter buzzer, lifting Watertown to a 13-11 edge.
But tournament most valuable player Paige Randolph scored six of her 15 points in the second quarter as Goodpasture took a 32-26 lead into halftime.
Watertown finally caught the Lady Cougars 15 seconds into the fourth quarter on an inside basket by Mya Gaines, who led the Tigerettes with 18 points. But Bailey Bratcher and Lauren King connected on back-to-back three-pointers to help Goodpasture go up 48-40.
Layups by Gaines brought Watertown within 51-50 and 53-52. But a missed free throw following the latter basket left the Tigerettes behind as they slipped to 13-15 for the season while Goodpasture improved to 16-9.
King connected on a pair of threes and led the Lady Cougars with 16 points. Bratcher also bagged a couple of triples as she and Ally Welfel each added 11.
Gaines’ 18 led Watertown while Allocco finished with 15. Ashlea Dickens dropped in nine, Mya Huddleston seven, Brenna Luttrell four and Emma Edwards a free throw
Allocco and Huddleston were named to the all-district team for the season while they were joined by Gaines on the all-tournament team.
Lebanon pounds Portland for 20th triumph
Lebanon’s top-seeded boys overwhelmed No. 8 Portland from start to finish in a 68-21 first-round triumph in the District 9-AAA tournament at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
The Blue Devils darted to an 18-2 first-quarter lead and were up 36-9 by halftime as they climbed to 20-7 for the season and into tonight’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal against Beech.
Eddie Jackson led Lebanon with 12 points while Noah Mulaski tossed in 10, David Covile and Cameron Oliver nine each, Elijah Terry and Zion Logue five apiece, David Greene four, Polo Phillips and Ethan Njezic three each and Kameron Davis, Malcolm Logue, Evan Britt and Brett Hutto two apiece.
No one scored in double figures for the Panthers, whose season ended.
All surviving teams will play today in semifinal action. In addition to the boys, Mt. Juliet’s girls will open the quadruple header at 4 p.m. against Station Camp. Top-seed Wilson Central will take on Beech at 7.
Everyone playing today - boys and girls - will advance to Region 5-AAA action. Today’s winners will play host to first-round games next Friday (girls) or Saturday (boys) with the winners returning to Lebanon on Feb. 27 or 28 for the semifinals.
Fast start sends Bears to semifinals
Mt. Juliet’s boys rode the early inside scoring of Isaac Stephens to build a quick lead on Hendersonville in a 56-40 win in the District 9-AAA boys’ quarterfinal Friday afternoon at Lebanon’s Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Stephens scored Mt. Juliet’s first six points and finished the first quarter with nine of his 13 points as the Golden Bears opened a 17-7 lead.
It was 30-9 at halftime before a more-determined Commando team cut the lead to 13 during the second half.
But Mt. Juliet’s lead was more than sufficient to send the Bears into today’s 5:30 p.m. semifinal against Station Camp, a 49-45 overtime winner over Gallatin, with a 20-8 record. MJ secured a Region 5-AAA bid with the win and a Saturday victory would book a first-round home game next Saturday.
J.R. Sanders swished home three 3-pointers on his way to 12 points for Mt. Juliet while forward Trey Pruitt sank all six of his free throws on his way to 10. Terrell Wilson sank a pair of triples in adding eight while Joey Hayes had five, Jordan Lockridge four and Tony Thompson and Brian Aiken two each.
Reggie Grisham threw in 13 to lead the Commandos, who concluded a 7-18 campaign.
Wildcats fall too far behind early
Wilson Central’s boys fell into too deep of a hole Friday as the Wildcats were beaten by Beech 56-45 in the elimination round of the District 9-AAA tournament at Lebanon’s Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Beech bolted to an 11-5 lead in the first quarter and 34-9 by halftime. The Wildcats found themselves in the third quarter as they used a 17-4 run to climb to within 38-26. But the Buccaneers played evenly enough in the fourth quarter to end Central’s season at 15-13.
Ty Dean dropped in 14 points and A.J. Robertson 11 for the Buccaneers, who will battle top-seed Lebanon on the Blue Devils’ floor in tonight’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal.
Kene Aruh had 14 of his 19 point sin the fourth quarter to lead Central. Twin brother Kito Aruh scored six of his seven in the third quarter while Cole Booth supplied all of his six in the second half. Gavin Johnson finished with five, Nate Ochoa and Daniel Jackson three each and Zay Kern two.