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Tigers, Lady Tigers earn sweep against visiting Cornersville

By Kenneth Schott

MT. PLEASANT — After struggling from the perimeter early in its season opener, host Mt. Pleasant focused on driving to the basket and getting high-percentage shots.

The adjustment made the difference Thursday night, as the Tigers defeated Cornersville 49-33.

 “We’re excited to get that first one under our belts, and get our first win,” Mt. Pleasant second-year coach Chris Carney said. “Next week we’ve got a couple of really good opponents.”

Mt. Pleasant went just 3-for-12 from the floor in the first quarter — hitting just one of its seven 3-point attempts.

Then senior guard Kentra Frierson began penetrating against the Bulldog defense, and Cornersville couldn’t stay with him. Frierson, who scored just two points in the opening period, finished with a game-high 20 points.

Tip Marlow, following suit, finished with 12 points — all over the final three quarters.

“We like to play fast and in transition, and Cornersville was guarding hard,” Carney said. “We had first-game jitters, we had some of those early. I thought we settled (for 3-point attempts) a little bit on the offensive end. Then we started working harder and started getting what we wanted.”

The drives to the basket helped the Tigers snap a 13-13 deadlock with eight unanswered points going into intermission.

Mt. Pleasant extended the lead with a strong run to start the second half. The Tigers outscored Cornersville 11-2 to start the third quarter, taking a commanding 32-15 lead, and led by 10-plus points the rest of the game.

“In their first game against Culleoka, they made 12 3s,” Carney said, referring to the Bulldogs’ 71-61 overtime loss Tuesday. “We wanted to find their shooters and make them uncomfortable. And a big part of our offense is getting stops on defense.”

Cornersville finished with just four 3-pointers Thursday, all in the first half. Eli Welch finished with 11 points and Michael Ashley 10 (three 3s) for the Bulldogs.

Kielee Bradley hit three 3-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points Thursday night as Mt. Pleasant opened its season with a 49-43 win over visiting Cornersville. (Photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

Lady Tigers dial long distance:  Kielee Bradley and Emily Crossman combined for 34 points and six 3-pointers to lead Mt. Pleasant’s girls past Cornersville 49-43.

Bradley finished with 18 points, Crossman added 16, and the pair accounted for three treys each.

Mt. Pleasant gained a 23-18 second-quarter lead and built it to double digits in the third quarter. Every time Cornersville (0-2) scored a couple of unanswered baskets and threatened to cut into the lead, Bradley or Crossman would answer with a 3-pointer to give the hosts control of the game again.

“They gave us the confidence that we needed to go ahead,” Lady Tigers coach Amy Odom said.

Gracie Turner and Abbie Woodard had 14 points each to lead Cornersville.

Mt. Pleasant boys 49, Cornersville 33

C 6 7 6 14 — 33
M 7 14 18 10 — 49

Cornersville (33) – Eli Welch 11, Michael Ashley 10, Wallace Francis 6, Andrew Santini 3, Kaden Allen 2, David Metcalf 1

Mt Pleasant (49) – Kentra Frierson 20, Tip Marlow 12, Demarkus Brown 9, Keevan Cooper 3, Chris Andrews 3, Kyler Baker 2

3-pointers – Cornersville 4 (Ashley 3, Santini), Mt. Pleasant 3 (Marlow 2, Brown)

Mt. Pleasant girls 49, Cornersville 43

C 12 8 6 17 — 43
M 8 17 12 12 — 49

Cornersville (43) – Gracie Turner 14, Abbie Woodard 14, Jayli Childress 6, Annabelle Mulliniks 5, Meri Hannah Walker 3, Katie Powers 1

Mt. Pleasant (49) – Kielee Bradley 18, Emily Crossman 16, Baleigh Gray 8, Addison Workman 5, Kiyanna Armstrong 2

3-pointers – Cornersville 1 (Mulliniks), Mt. Pleasant 6 (Bradley 3, Crossman 3)

Eagles edge Livingston in season opener

By Chris Yow

THOMPSONS STATION — Whit Conrad nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game in the fourth quarter, Tyus Anderson converted an easy transition layup to give Independence the lead and the Eagles held off Livingston Academy 49-46 Thursday night in their season opener.

Several of Indy’s players were touching the floor just six days removed from a heartbreaking loss on the gridiron. Getting accustomed to the hardwood wasn’t going to be easy.

“We have football guys with three practices and they haven’t touched a basketball in four months. They were rough — understandably so,” Independence coach Doug Keil said. “Once they figured out what we are trying to do and the effort level we want to do it at, we were much better. That changed the game for us in the second half.”

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Indy led 9-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Livingston Academy completed an old-fashioned three-point play to take an 18-15 lead with 4:28 to go in the second quarter to take control of the game. The Wildcats took a 26-19 lead to the break behind 10 first-half points from Matthew Sells.

“We knew how good he is coming into the game,” Keil said. “Our plan was to not let him catch it and double-team him.”

Despite the Eagles’ efforts, Sells finished with a game-high 18 points. Elsewhere, Independence’s defense shined, specifically pressuring the ball on the perimeter and contesting shots from the Wildcats’ other threats.

Indy struggled to find the bottom of the net even from close range at times in the first three quarters, but certainly made the most of its opportunities in the final frame, scoring 13 points and holding Livingston Academy to just seven.

“They didn’t have the confidence of having scrimmages all summer and before the season,” Keil said. “I think they started to question themselves early on, but once our guys settled in and realized it’s the same basketball they play every day.”

Cameron Bell was a force inside for Indy in the final frame, coming up with key plays on defense and finishing with nine points in the game.

“(Bell) played great for us down the stretch, and we need him to do that every night out,” Keil said.

Lady Eagles grounded early: Independence scored the first two points of the game, and from there Livingston Academy scored 23 of the next 26 points in the game, cruising to the 48-15 road win.

The Lady Wildcats were led by Keaton Webb and Aleah Melton, who scored 11 points each. Indy’s Eva Nicholas scored a team-high eight points for the Lady Eagles.

Independence boys 49, Livingston Acad. 46

L 7 19 13 7 — 46
I 9 10 12 13 — 49

Livingston Acad. (46) — Matthew Sells 18, Matthew Carville 3, Hunter Coffman 2, Dawson Simmons 3, Hayden Ledbetter 6, Nicholas Choate 4, Eli Melton 10

Independence (49) — Colin Upright 4, Owen Ries 4, Tyus Anderson 11, Whit Conrad 3, Sam Womack 4, Josh Owens 3, Jaxson Campbell 4, Cameron Bell 9, Ty Lockwood 2, Brady Jenkins 1, Justin Miles 2

3-Pointers — Livingston Acad. 4 (Sells 2, Ledbetter, Melton), Independence 3 (Anderson, Conrad, Owens)

Livingston Acad. girls 48, Independence 15

L 11 19 18 0 — 48
I 2 3 6 4 — 15

Livingston Acad. (48) — Hailey Cronk 2, Keaton Webb 11, Alexis Phipps 2, Hallie Ledbetter 5, Aleah Melton 11, Leah Kate Clark 2, Kaylee Asberry 3, Hannah Westmoreland 6, Lilly Bates 3, Abby Reader 3

Independence (15) —
Leah Oubre 2, Evy Nicholas 8, Claudia Chilton 3, Ryan Brown 2

3-pointers — Livingston Acad. 6 (Webb, Ledbetter, Melton, Asberry, Westmorland 2), Independence 2 (Nicholas, Chilton)

Chris Yow is the multi-media director for SM-Tn Sports. Contact him at sports@sm-tnsports.com or on Twitter @ChrisYow14.

Glasner sidelined as Indy preps for season opener

By Chris Yow

As Independence prepares for its season opener Thursday night at home against Livingston Academy, the Lady Eagles will be without two of its most important pieces from last season.

Second-year coach Bryan Glasner will not be on the bench, and guard Jaylin Banks will not be on the floor.

Independence athletics director Mary Beth White is acting as head coach in Glasner’s absence. White returns to the Lady Eagles’ sideline after last serving as head coach in 2017.

“Bryan Glasner is still the head coach,” White said. “I am just filling in.”

Glasner was unsure of the timetable in which he would return.

“I’m dealing with some family stuff right now, so I’m not there,” he said.

Banks recently transferred to Middle Tennessee Christian after leading the Lady Eagles in scoring last season as a freshman.

Independence finished the 2019-20 campaign 16-10 overall, and 10-6 in 11-AAA — good enough for fourth place in the district — before losing a 53-50 overtime affair to Ravenwood in the tournament quarterfinals.

Tuesday on the hardwood

Culleoka boys 71, Cornersville 61 (OT)

CV 13 12 21 12 3 — 61
CU 11 19 16 12 13 — 71

Cornersville (61) — Eli Welch 12, Canty 3, Andrew Santini 12, Bryce Woodard 8, Michael Ashley 18, Kaden Allen 7, Franklin 1

Culleoka (71) — Tavon Bagsby 13, Chris Hutcherson 10, Landon Andrews 21, Erik Mick 6, Cooper Parks 21

3-pointers — Cornersville 12 (Santini 4, Woodard 2, Ashley 5, Allen), Culleoka 8 (Hutcherson 2, Andrews 4, Parks 2)

Culleoka girls 57, Cornersville 45

CV 7 16 8 14 — 45
CU 11 12 16 18 — 57

Cornersville (45) — Meri Walker 18, Lexie Warren 1, Abbi Woodard 7, Jayli Childress 10, Grayson Riner 2, Annabelle Mulliniks 7

Culleoka (57) — Madison Ingram 2, Breanna Dickson 12, Hannah Collins 11, Tyler Reischman 15, Maci McKennon 17

3-pointers — Cornersville 7 (Walker 2, Childress 3, Mulliniks 2), Culleoka 4 (Collins 3, McKennon)

Eagleville boys 51, Summertown 48

S 8 13 18 9 — 48
E 8 18 12 13 — 51

Summertown (48) — Gavin Burleson 16, Zane Akins 9, Grayson Burleson 7, Kaden Trotter 5, Grant Burleson 4, Javen Edmiston 4, Skyler Trousdale 3

Eagleville (51) — Jenson Linton 18, Rhett Deaton 14, Damien Stingley 9, Isaac Gazaway 4, Jackson Watson 4, Keydon Bassham 2

3-pointers — Summertown 4 (Gavin Burleson 2, Akins, Grayson Burleson), Eagleville 5 (Linton 2, Deaton 3)

Summertown girls 62, Eagleville 34

S 18 11 12 21 — 62
E 6 10 10 8 — 34

Summertown (62) — Kaley Campbell 14, Katie Burdette 12, Ansley Burleson 11, Reese Wilson 8, Rylee Long 5, Hailey Jones 4, Emily Brazier 4, Karlie Campbell 3, Jenna Brazier 1

Eagleville (34) — Anna Grace Clement 13, Haylee Ferguson 11, Alex Klaver 4, Eliza McClaren 3, Cadence Chapman 2, Abigail Stokes 1

3 pointers — Summertown 2 (Kaley Campbell, Burleson), Eagleville 3 (Ferguson 3)

Columbia Central boys 84, Smyrna 77

C 13 19 24 28 — 84
S 20 21 18 18 — 77

Columbia Central (84) — Camron Johnson 20, Q Martin 22, Omari Franklin 8, Bubba Perkins 7, Roni Bailey 10, Quandrees Peete 5, Jordan Davis 12

Smyrna (77) — Schaeffer Outlaw 2, B.J. Lowe 15, T.J. Lee 9, J.P. Colon 4, Chico McDowell 10, Ashton McCarver 25, Jayden Lucas 4, Laith Al Taie 8

3-pointers — Columbia Central 10 (Johnson 3, Martin 2, Franklin 2, Perkins, Bailey 2), Smyrna 3 (Lee, McDowell 2)

Columbia Central girls 64, Smyrna 28

C 19 22 13 10 — 64
S 8 5 8 7 — 28

Columbia Central (64) — Saviya Morgan 3, Ryleigh Hamm 6, Anaya Mulholland 7, Karma Hunt 2, Janiyha Riley 14, Ava Sykes 2, Jalei O’Neal 5, Emma Hughes 3, Josie Parks 21, Kaydence Houston 1

Smyrna (28) — Ana Holder 3, Jaylah Edmondson 9, Meelah Edinbugh 3, Tamaja Corder 4, Audrey Hampton 9

3-pointers — Columbia Central 5 (Morgan, Hamm, Riley, Hughes, Parks), Smyrna 1 (Hampton)

Wildcats, Lady ‘Cats swept by Fairview in home openers

By Maurice Patton

SANTA FE – It didn’t feel like a basketball season opener when Fairview and Santa Fe met Tuesday night at the Wayne Walters Gymnasium.

The contest had the intensity of a late-season clash – and the inexperience of a summer-league matchup.

“By this point, we’ve usually had 25 camp games and scrimmages,” Wildcats coach Brad Slaughter said after his team missed six of nine fourth-quarter free throw attempts in a 77-73 defeat. “We knew we were going to see a lot of holes, win or lose.

“We were out of sorts on defense. But I saw a lot of good things. We decided early on, we’re going to have fun and enjoy this season, and we’re going to stick to that.”

Against a Fairview team that averaged 24 wins over the past three years, Santa Fe – the defending District 10-A regular-season titlist – held its own early behind junior guard Andy Slaughter. The coach’s son scored 18 of his team-high 27 points in the first half, including a bucket two seconds before intermission that gave the Wildcats a 40-38 lead.

Santa Fe’s Andy Slaughter (10) scored a team-high 27 points Tuesday night as the Wildcats fell to Fairview in their season opener. (Photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

The third quarter didn’t go quite so well for the hosts, though, as Fairview opened with a 15-3 run sparked by seven straight Kennedy Pendergrass points.

In the midst of that game-turning spurt, Slaughter was called for a questionable charge and had a basket waved off that would have tied the game at 45. Instead, the Yellow Jackets went on to build a 53-43 cushion – and Slaughter fouled out with 54.6 seconds remaining in the game. Facing a two-point deficit at that juncture, Santa Fe could get no closer as the visitors went five-for-seven from the foul line to close out the victory.

“We won that game in about a three-minute stretch in the third quarter,” Fairview coach Trey McCoy said. “We corrected our mistakes from the first half. We did a very poor job rebounding; we didn’t attack the ball. I told them, if they’d attack the ball, we’d win the game.

“For all of us, though, this is June 5th.”

Pendergrass finished with a game-high 33 points to lead the Yellow Jackets. Westin McClanahan scored 14 points for Santa Fe, with half of his team’s eight 3-pointers – “They hit some deep bombs on us,” McCoy said – and Logan Wilkins and Will Monhollen added 12 points each.

“We had four guys with 10-plus points each, and another (Colton Steward) with four points who’s capable of scoring 20,” the elder Slaughter said. “I like our balance.

“We’ll build from here.”

Offensive woes plague Lady ‘Cats: Hattie Hedrick scored Santa Fe’s first six points, but it took her nearly 12 minutes to do so as the hosts trailed by 17 midway through the second quarter in an eventual 74-35 loss to Fairview.

Elise Adkison (13) scored 10 points to lead Santa Fe in Tuesday’s loss to visiting Fairview. (Photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

The Lady ‘Jackets got 39 points from their interior tandem of Rylie Dillingham (20 points) and Kelsey Gossage, and connected on eight 3s en route to the dominant victory.

“They were pretty tough. They were well balanced, with the two good inside players and with guards that could make shots,” Santa Fe coach Jonathon Slaughter said. “But the most impressive thing about them was their defense. They really pressured us. We couldn’t run our offense. We turned it over too much.”

With coach Wayne McGowan quarantined since last week, Fairview was left to the leadership of veteran boys coach Ricky Bledsoe.

“He’ll be back (Wednesday),” Bledsoe said of McGowan. “I’m excited about that.

“We haven’t been a 3-point shooting team, but individually we’ve been working hard. I thought Rylie and Kelsey played really smart. As long as they play smart, we move the ball and hit the open shots, we’re going to be alright. And we had a couple of girls that did a really good job of guarding the ball.”

Five different Fairview players hit at least one trey in the win.

Elise Adkison finished with 10 points to lead Santa Fe, with Jade Arnold adding eight off the bench.

“I told the girls, go out and have fun, enjoy every game, because you never know when the next one will be,” Slaughter said. “If we get to play I think we’ll get better as the season goes along.”

Santa Fe’s scheduled game Friday against visiting Collinwood has been postponed as athletic activities have been suspended for Wayne County schools. The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats will resume play Nov. 24 at Grace Christian Academy in Franklin.

Fairview girls 74, Santa Fe 35

F 14 22 23 15 – 74
S 3 11 13 8 – 35

Fairview (74) – Summer Anderson 4, Chloe Lee 9, Mary Jane Kinton 6, Kaycie Mullens 9, Rylie Dillingham 20, Kelsey Gossage 19, Anna Marie Brown 4, Gigi Harris 3

Santa Fe (35) – Gracie Mills 2, Elise Adkison 10, Emmy Bates 5, Aniston Slaughter 3, Hattie Hedrick 6, Emily Hopkins 1, Jade Arnold 8

3-pointers – Fairview 8 (Lee, Kinton 2, Mullens 3, Gossage, Harris), Santa Fe 4 (Bates, Slaughter, Arnold 2)

Fairview boys 77, Santa Fe 73

F 20 18 21 18 – 77
S 18 22 12 21 – 73

Fairview (77) – Carter Durham 10, Jackson Arnold 5, Jacob Neal 12, Thomas Lankford 6, Kennedy Pendergrass 33, Mays McCoy 8, Shammah Takip 3

Santa Fe (73) – Josh Martin 3, Logan Willkins 12, Westin McClanahan 14, Colton Steward 4, Andy Slaughter 27, Will Monhollen 12, Landon Evans 1

3-pointers – Fairview 7 (Arnold, Neal 2, Lankford, Pendergrass 3), Santa Fe 8 (Martin, McClanahan 4, Steward, Slaughter, Monhollen)

Summit girls open hoops season with road victory

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Summit opened the girls basketball season Monday night with a 53-32 win at Harpeth.

Ellie Colson, who signed a college scholarship last week with Eastern Illinois, scored a game-high 24 points for the Lady Spartans, with Cydney Wright adding 12.

Jessie Knall scored 10 points to lead the host Lady Indians.

Summit will participate in a ‘play day’ Saturday at Gallatin, facing Northwest at 3 p.m. and the host Green Wave at 6 p.m.

Summit girls 53, Harpeth 32

S 10 11 13 19 — 53
H 7 10 7 8 — 32

Summit (53) — Ellie Colson 24, Cydney Wright 12, Claudette Runk 6, Nicole Rizane 4, Myah Kratzig 3, Bergen Allee 2, Eva Siemen 2

Harpeth (32) — Jessie Knall 10, Cara Stuart 9, Liza Watson 4, Alyssa Tapia 4, Emily Long 4, Ella Russell 1

3-pointers — Summit 1 (Kratzig), Harpeth 2 (Stuart 2)