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Wildcats turn back, pull away from Trousdale

Feb. 7—GLADEVILLE — After visiting Trousdale County climbed into a tie late in the first half Monday, Wilson Central's boys went on a blitz the rest of the night to take a 75-38 triumph.

A slam by Towan Siler opened a 19-8 Central lead before Trousdale scored the next 11 points to pull even at 19-19 on a layup by Cole Gregory.

But after a timeout called by Wildcat coach Michael Teeter, Siler got the roll on a jumper from the elbow and Central never trailed again. JaMichael Mitchell scored on a lob and a coast-to-coast layup as the home team never trailed again in improving to 13-14.

Two Wildcats reached 20 points. Siler sank three 3-pointers on his way to 21 points while Ike Boone buried five triples on his way to 20, 16 of which came after halftime. Mitchell tossed in 10 points while Braden Neal notched eight, including a pair of treys, in the fourth quarter. Grafton Graves finished with four points, Skylar Crass and Tucker Jones three each and Triston Blackburn, Eli Hawkins and Brandon Gordon two apiece.

Gregory had 12 of his 14 points in the first half for the Yellow Jackets, who sank to 6-16.

Wilson Central hosted LaVergne for coming home last night in the Wildcats' home finale and will wrap up the regular season Friday night at Lebanon's Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.

Hawks go OT again, beating Gallatin behind Ellis' 26MT. JULIET — Three nights after going double-overtime in a loss to Beech, Green Hill had to go past 32 minutes again Monday night.

But this time the Hawks, who had to play again last night, prevailed on top in a 63-55 win over visiting Gallatin.

The teams were tied 47-47 at the end of regulation. The four extra minutes must have seemed like four hours as both teams paraded to the free-throw line. Kenny Ellis and Rex Harmon did most of the flicking for the Hawks, combining to go 11-for-11 from the stripe as Green Hill hit 12 of 13 to improved to 15-7 for the season and 3-4 going into last night's rematch at Gallatin's Jerry Vradenburg Gym/Bobby Luna Court.

Gallatin hit 6 of 8 from the line in OT.

Ellis scored nine of his game-high 26 points in overtime after getting 11 in the fourth. All but two of his tallies came after halftime. Harmon also had just two points at intermission and, for that matter, going into the fourth before finishing with 13.

Antjuan Welch added eight points for Green Hill while Aaron Mattingly and Ayden Sadler each scored seven and Taner Bolton two.

DeCosta Ricks racked up three 3-pointers as he led Gallatin with 23 points.

Last night's rematch wrapped up Green Hill's district schedule. The Hawks will host Oakland on Friday night to conclude the regular season.

Cookeville dominate Blue Devils

COOKEVILLE — Cookeville's No. 3 boys dominated Lebanon for the second straight night last Friday night, downing the Blue Devils 80-44.

The Cavaliers led 23-4 at the first-quarter break and 47-20 at halftime as they climbed to 22-3 for the season and 8-0 in District 7-4A.

Josh Heard hit three 3-pointers to lead Cookeville with 14 points while Jared Davis added 11. Colin Ayers sank two triples on his way to 10.

Avery Harris hit two triples in leading all scorers with 15 points for Lebanon while Marques Anglin added 10. Amaure' Manier scored seven points, Brody Reasonover five, Maddox Njezic a 3 and John Binion and Evan Klemm two apiece as the Blue Devils droped to 11-16, 3-5 going into last night's trip to Stewarts Creek.

Lebanon will host Wilson Central on Friday night in the regular-season finale at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.

Friendship falls to No. 3 seed following weekend losses

A pair of weekend losses dropped Friendship Christian's boys to the No. 3 seed in the District 4-IIA tournament.

The Commanders fell 58-53 to visiting Clarksville Academy at the Bay Family Sportsplex last Saturday afternoon as the Cougars clinched the No. 2 seed.

Friendship, which was upset the night before at Davidson Academy 63-60, fell to 16-7 for the regular season and 10-4 in the district. The Commanders will host No. 6-seed Donelson Christian at 6 p.m. today in an elimination game at the Sportsplex and would likely face Clarksville Academy, provided the Cougars oust Nashville Christian tonight, in Friday's 8:30 p.m. semifinal at CA. The finals and consolation will be held Saturday with all four semifinalists advancing to the Middle Region tournament.

Clarksville Academy held a 15-14 edge at the first-quarter break before the teams went into halftime tied 26-26. The Cougars were up 46-44 going into the fourth.

Trae Rideau sank 6 of 9 free throws and two 3-pointers to lead Clarksville Academy with 28 points as the Cougars climbed to 20-5, 11-3.

Colby Jones tossed in two 3-pointers to lead Friendship with 17 points while Miles Fitzpatrick threw in 13. Noah Major and Xavier Humphrey each added eight points, D. Boone four and Cayden Law a 3.

At Davidson, Friendship led 19-17 at the first-quarter break, 32-29 at halftime and 46-41 going into the fourth.

Ethan Sons sank three 3-pointers as he led Davidson with 15 points while James Avery added 13. Jude Browning bagged three fourth-quarter treys on his way to 12.

Major led Friendship with 16 points while Fitzpatrick fired in three first-half triples on his way to 14. Jones threw in 13 while Humphrey added eight, Boone five and Sam Duckwiler four.

Green Hill succumbs to Beech in double overtime

MT. JULIET — Green Hill forced Beech to work overtime — two of them, actually — to remain in the District 12-4A lead going into the final week of the regular season as the Buccaneers escaped the Hill with a 60-58 win last Friday night.

Odell Bradley bagged four free throws and Champ Nix two baskets in the second overtime, fending off Antjuan Welch's nine OT tallies (six of which came in the second four-minute stanza) to improve to 20-5 for the season and 4-1 in the district.

Bradley totaled 21 points while Kejuan Harris had 13, including a pair of 3-pointers, for Beech.

Aaron Mattingly managed nine of his 17 points in the first quarter as Green Hill led 14-11. The Hawks were ahead 31-20 at halftime and 39-35 going into the fourth before Beech forced overtime at 46-46 and the second OT at 50-50.

Welch, Rex Harmon and Ayden Sadler each scored nine for Green Hill while Kenny Ellis sank two triples on his way to seven. Nick Owens threw in three and Tanner bolton and Jalen Mitchell two each as the Hawks, who fell to 14-7 for the season, are in last place in the five-team district at 2-4 going into the back-to-back series with Gallatin.

The Green Wave visited the Hill on Monday before hosting Green Hill the following night at Jerry Vradenburg Gym/Bobby Luna Court as the Hawks wrapped up their district schedule. GHHS will host Oakland in the regular-season finale Friday night on the Hill before returning to Gallatin next week for the league tournament.