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Thursday on the hardwood

Collinwood girls 72, Mt. Pleasant 53

C 19 16 21 16 — 72
M 10 12 19 12 — 53

Collinwood (72) – Harlee Haddock 8, Rhianna McWilliams 8, Alyssa Gray 16, Sophie Gobbell 15, Addie Quillen 4, Denlee Bray 2, A.C. Whitehead 19

Mt. Pleasant (53) – Kielee Bradley 16, Baleigh Gray 6, Emily Crossman 6, Kenzie Gray 4, Addison Workman 9, Ayanna Jones 7, Maggie Simpson 5

3-pointers – Collinwood 3 (Gray 2, Whitehead), Mt. Pleasant 7 (Bradley 5, Crossman 2)

Hampshire girls 63, Lewis Co. 32

H 11 27 24 1 – 63
L 10 9 7 6 – 32

Hampshire (63) — Hailey Potts 2, Kortney Rowland 22, Ansley Stoner 7, Kayla Stephens 17, Kadence Stoner 2, Karlee Rowland 12, Adisyn Runyon 1

Lewis Co. (32) — Mya Siever 6, Kerrigan Reeves 9, Desirae Warman 2, Serenity Warman 10, Keira Halbrooks 5

3-pointers – Hampshire 4 (A. Stoner, Stephens 3), Lewis Co. 4 (Siever 2, Reeves, Halbrooks)

Lewis Co. boys 83, Hampshire 39

H 5 13 15 6 – 39
L 21 28 7 7 – 83

Hampshire (39) — Blake Morrow 1, Cameryn Bass 17, Errette Delk 2, Ethan Bowden 6, Peyton Morton 9, Adavian Moore 4

Lewis Co. (83) — Bryson Clayburn 17, Dyer Burnes 4, Levi Thompson 11, Braden Powers 3, Rett Middleton 15, Luke Lawson 6, Slade Mosley 19, Austin Shepherd 6, Kyle Holcomb 2

3-pointers – Hampshire 2 (Bass 2), Lewis Co. 15 (Clayburn 5, Thompson 3, Middleton 2, Lawson 2, Mosley 3)

Comeback caps Lions’ eighth win, 60-44 vs. Marshall County

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA — Midway through playing games on consecutive nights, Columbia Central boys basketball coach Nick Campbell said the schedule would “build toughness”.

He wasn’t wrong, as the Lions had to overcome a 12-point deficit Tuesday before outscoring visiting Marshall County by 16 over the final eight minutes of a 60-44 victory.

The win was Columbia Central’s second in as many nights — following a 65-53 decision over Fayetteville – and the eighth in as many games this season.

“I wasn’t so sure about the toughness early,” Campbell said. “We came out a little flat. We played well in the second quarter, and we played better in the second half.”

Central’s effort was aided by junior guard Q Martin, who scored 14 of his game- and career-high 33 points in the decisive fourth quarter.

“He just put us on his back and said ‘let’s go,” Campbell said regarding Martin, who – along with Bubba Perkins and, with the exception of a couple of minutes, Roni Bailey – played the entire second half.

The Lions trailed 18-6 inside the final two minutes of the opening quarter, before Martin, Perkins and freshman Jordan Davis sparked an 8-0 closing spurt. Bailey and Perkins each scored off offensive rebounds to open the second period, and the contest seesawed back and forth through halftime and the third quarter.

Davis put Central ahead 40-38 to open the fourth period, but Devonte Davis countered with a game-tying basket for Marshall County (3-4), before Martin scored 14 of the hosts’ final 20 points.

“We weren’t really prepared for them to jump on us like that,” Martin said, mindful of the Lions’ 47-42 win in Lewisburg on Nov. 24. “We just thought we were going to beat them without a fight. But we know when Marshall County comes to Columbia, they always put up a fight.

“We got down 18-6 and we knew we had to snap back into reality and play like we’d been playing – putting in the defensive effort, getting rebounds, playing offense, not worrying about turnovers.”

Central’s defense led to transition opportunities, allowing its length and athleticism to be factors.

“We defended really well in the second half,” Campbell said after the Tigers scored just 15 points after intermission.

Perkins – “probably the most underrated player on the team,” according to Campbell — finished with eight points, with Bailey and Davis adding seven each. Devonte Davis’ 18 points and Bryson Hughes’ 13 led Marshall County.

Following the game, Campbell expressed concern regarding senior post Carter Szydlowski, who injured his right ankle midway through the second period and did not return.

“Hopefully it’s not broken,” said Campbell, whose team is already playing without junior guard Omari Franklin (left hip flexor).

Slowdown works for Lady Lions: Playing without Janiyha Riley, Columbia Central employed a deliberate offensive attack, particularly in the second half after grinding out a 10-point cushion, and downed Marshall County 37-27 to complete the regular-season sweep.

With five 3-pointers before the break, Central (8-2) led 23-13 and was able to work on its delay game in the second half.

Josie Parks led the Lady Lions with 14 points, with Ryleigh Hamm scoring another 10. Dionna Crutcher scored a game-high 15 points for Marshall County (1-5).

Next up: Columbia Central’s girls are slated to face Goodpasture to open the B4 Christmas Classic at the Hardy Loyd Gymnasium. The 3:30 p.m. contest Friday will be followed by Columbia Academy and East Hickman at 5 p.m., with Summertown and Austin (Ala.) in the 6:30 p.m. finale. Central and Siegel are scheduled to play at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with Houston and Oakland set for a 2 p.m. clash.

Central’s boys are scheduled to play Friday at 4 p.m. against Christ Presbyterian Academy in the Riverdale Christmas Classic. The game will be played at Lebanon High School in compliance with Rutherford County Schools’ pandemic guidelines. Central will play the host Warriors at 7 p.m. Saturday as play is set to return to Riverdale.

Columbia Central boys 60, Marshall Co. 44

MC 18 11 9 6 – 44
CC 14 14 10 22 – 60

Marshall Co. (44) – Omarion Alred 2, Silas Hurt 7, Devonte Davis 18, Kaamil Hazel 2, Jaamil Hazel 2, Bryson Hughes 13

Columbia Central (60) – Cam Johnson 2, Carter Szydlowski 2, Demetrius McCoy 1, Q Martin 33, Bubba Perkins 8, Roni Bailey 7, Jordan Davis 7

3-pointers – Marshall Co. 3 (Davis, Hughes 2), Columbia Central 3 (Martin 2, Bailey)

Columbia Central girls 37, Marshall Co. 27

MC 9 4 5 9 – 27
CC 13 10 6 8 – 37

Marshall Co. (27) – Karlye Wiser 1, Demiyah Blackman 2, Sydney Tidwell 9, Dionna Crutcher 15

Columbia Central (37) – Saviya Morgan 2, Ryleigh Hamm 10, Anaya Mulholland 6, Jenice Bailey 2, Emma Hughes 3, Josie Parks 14

3-pointers – Marshall Co. 4 (Tidwell 3, Crutcher), Columbia Central 5 (Hamm, Mulholland 2, Hughes, Parks)

Tuesday on the hardwood

Mt. Pleasant boys 51, Zion Chr. 45

ZC 15 11 9 11 — 46
MP 9 16 18 8 – 51

Zion Chr. (46) – Max Brown 4, Jackson Hughes 5, Matthew Terry 2, Jaron Keyser 2, Hayden Headley 5, Wesley Riggins 12, Ethan Yates 9, Connor Matheny 7

Mt. Pleasant (51) – Keevan Cooper 4, Kentra Frierson 19, Tip Marlow 4, Chris Andrews 4, Demarkus Brown 9, Gavin Alderson 6, Bennett Hughes 4, Hardin Hughes 1

3-pointers – Zion Chr. 3 (Hughes, Headley, Riggins), Mt. Pleasant 3 (Frierson 3)

Mt. Pleasant girls 64, Zion Chr. 18

ZC 9 6 2 1 — 18
MP 17 18 21 8 — 64

Zion Chr. (18) – Emily Mesko 4, Halle Adcox 10, Stratton Wiesman 2, Deanna Trousdale 2

Mt. Pleasant (64) – Kielee Bradley 8, Baleigh Gray 7, Emily Crossman 14, Kenzie Gray 4, Addison Workman 10, Ayanna Jones 3, Kiyanna Armstrong 9, Mariy Rogers 5, Maggie Simpson 4

3-pointers – Zion Chr. 0, Mt. Pleasant 1 (B. Gray)

Middle Tenn. Chr. girls 63, Columbia Acad. 39

MT 19 14 18 12 – 63
CA 13 10 10 6 — 39

Middle Tenn. Chr. (63) – Reagan Atkinson 5, Ellie Shirley 3, Sydney Cooper 18, Riley Smith 2, Bel’Aria Cannon 23, Lindsey Wisniowski 3, Sarah Wisniowski 9

Columbia Acad. (39) – Isabelle Dees 2, Averi Slaughter 6, Madi Lewis 21, Ally Ballard 1, Abbigail Adkins 3, Karli Quillin 6

3-pointers – Middle Tenn. Chr. 7 (Atkinson, Shirley, Cooper, Cannon 2, L. Wisniowski, S. Wisniowski), Columbia Acad. 5 (Slaughter 2, Lewis 2, Ballard)

Jo Byrns sweeps Santa Fe in non-district play

By Chris Yow

SANTA FE — The hole was just too deep for Santa Fe on Tuesday night, and despite a furious rally in a 29-point fourth quarter, Jo Byrns held on to get a 71-66 non-district road win over the Wildcats.

Every time Santa Fe (1-3) put together a couple of solid possessions to cut into the lead, the Red Devils (7-0) would pull away again. That was until a 14-point outburst from Andy Slaughter, who led all scorers with 38 points, in the final frame got the Wildcats to within four points before time finally ran out on his team.

“I was super happy with the effort in the second half,” Santa Fe coach Brad Slaughter said. “I was super unhappy in the first half. I told the guys at halftime that we have to stop spotting teams 15 points.”

Throughout much of the game, the Red Devils held a 15-point-or-better lead, thanks — in part — to an early momentum swing from an intentional foul call against the Wildcats.

Jo Byrns’ Logan Head went up for a layup and was fouled hard by Colton Steward. The basket went in, but the officials ruled Steward didn’t make an attempt at the ball and erroneously awarded Head the bonus free throw, plus two additional free throws, followed by the ball. The bonus free throw should not have been awarded, according to NFHS rules.

Bryce Cox added a bucket on the ensuing play, and quickly Santa Fe trailed by double digits.

“We’re still trying to find the right group to defend,” coach Slaughter said. “This is our fourth game, and this is our fourth different starting line up.

“We are trying to find the right chemistry.”

That chemistry didn’t expose itself in the first half, unfortunately for the Wildcats, as the Red Devils held a 40-23 lead at the break. Slaughter said his team’s weakness is apparent right now, and other teams are taking advantage of it.

“We don’t get back on defense,” he said. “That’s the scouting report on us, and you could see it on every rebound they were sending someone to the other end immediately.

“We either have to rebound better or get back on defense. That’s it.”

Following the stern halftime speech from their coach, the Wildcats held their opponent to just 10 points in the third quarter, and only 10 of the Red Devils’ fourth quarter points came from the field. They were 11-of-16 from the foul line to ice the game.

Even in defeat, the effort in the second half was enough the Wildcats earned their coach’s admiration.

“I told them win or lose, I’m going to be proud of them if they came out and gave better effort in the second half,” he said. “They did that; we just have to get better.”

Short-handed Lady Cats drop to 0-3: Playing without leading scorer Emmy Bates and key bench player Emily Hopkins, Santa Fe was no match for undefeated Jo Byrns on Tuesday. The Lady Devils earned a 67-25 road win over the hosts.

Jo Byrns jumped out to an early 10-1 lead, and led 14-1 before Jade Arnold hit a 3-pointer for the Lady Cats’ first field goal of the game with 2:41 to go in the first quarter.

The Lady Devils controlled the game throughout with their ability to play with the ball above the hands of Santa Fe defenders with 6-foot-2 center Reese Payne and 5-foot-11 guard Brooke Dowlen.

Santa Fe coach Jonathan Slaughter made no excuses for his team, but their entire season thus far has been a struggle to even get all of his players on the court at the same time. In fact, it’s only happened once.

“The only time we’ve had every player on our team at practice was the first practice of the season,” he said. “It’s frustrating, but we are just trying to take it as it comes and be happy that we’re getting to play at all.”

His team was on quarantine the last two weeks, and he said he found out earlier in the day on Tuesday he would be without Bates and Hopkins.

“We are trying to go out and do our best without putting too much focus on the scoreboard,” he said. “We just have to go out and give our best with whoever we’ve got on the floor.”

Jo Byrns boys 71, Santa Fe 66

JB 21 19 10 21 — 71
SF 11 12 14 29 — 66

Jo Byrns (71) — Jayden Caira 21, Logan Head 12, Bryce Cox 19, Kenny Tolliver 4, Ryan Dowlen 11, Jacob Miller 2, Taylor Head 2
Santa Fe (66) — Landon Evans 5, Logan Wilkins 13, Will Monhollen 2, Andy Slaughter 38, Josh Martin 8
3-pointers – Jo Byrns 3 (Cox 2, Dowlen), Santa Fe 8 (Slaughter 7, Martin)

Jo Byrns girls 67, Santa Fe 25

JB 25 20 16 6 — 67
SF 10 5 5 5 — 25

Jo Byrns (67) — Ashlen Bryant 8, Grayson Bryant 9, Brooke Dowlen 22, Emilie Head 7, Resse Payne 12, Noelle Lancaster 4, Caroline Reed 3, Paige Conquest 2
Santa Fe (25) — Gracie Mills 6, Elise Adkison 3, Hattie Headrick 5, Terralyn Pemberton 5, Jade Arnold 6
3-pointers — Jo Byrns 1 (G. Bryant), Santa Fe 3 (Arnold 2, Pemberton)

All Photos by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports

Second-half surge propels Lions past visiting Fayetteville

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA – Missing players is nothing new for area basketball teams these days.

And while Columbia Central junior guard Omari Franklin was sidelined Monday night by a hip flexor issue – not COVID concerns – as the Lions took on visiting Fayetteville, it was nevertheless a factor in an eventual 65-53 victory.

“It changed our rotation,” coach Nick Campbell said regarding Franklin’s absence. “We’ve just got to be flexible (and) go play.”

Though it took some time, Central’s athleticism and depth – combined with eight 3-pointers – eventually wore on Fayetteville. One of the better Class A teams in the area, the Tigers battled early and let 20-18 midway through the second quarter before the Lions went on a 13-2 spurt before halftime.

“They made some shots,” Campbell said regarding Fayetteville, which fell to 3-6 with its second loss in four games against Maury County foes. “When they make shots, they’re going to be tough.

“We had 11 turnovers in the first half. If we didn’t have that, it would have been more than (an eight-point lead). I didn’t think we closed as well as we could have.”

Scoring 11 unanswered points to open the second half, Columbia Central improved to 7-0 on the season with a 65-53 win Monday over visiting Fayetteville. (Photo by Maurice Patton / SM-Tn Sports)

The Tigers cut a 31-22 deficit inside the final minute to 33-28 at the break on a pair of Marquese Nance 3s, but Central scored the first 11 points of the third period and led comfortably the rest of the way.

“Our transition defense – if we could have cleaned that up,” Fayetteville coach Chris Murdock said. “They got some easy baskets in transition. We played in spurts.

“It’s a good game for us, to see that speed all over the court. It’s a good learning experience. If we can run our stuff against Columbia, we’re not going to see that speed and athleticism in district play.”

Central improved to 7-0 with the win, as Cam Johnson and Q Martin scored 17 points each. Brayden Hockett finished with 17 points and Nance 15 for Fayetteville.

Lady Lions score in bunches: Josie Parks notched a game-high 23 points, one of three Central players to reach double digits in a 51-40 victory.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we went in there and got a win,” Parks said. “Our transition offense is a big part of our game. We’re smaller (than opponents), but faster, and we’re able to move the ball. We have to be better in slower, calmed-down settings. But we’re going to get there.”

Most of Columbia Central’s field goals came on layups, particularly in the opening half, as the Lady Lions were effective running their break but less so in the halfcourt. Meanwhile, Arkansas-Little Rock signee Zanaria Robinson kept the visitors (5-4) in the contest and helped them to a 23-22 halftime lead.

Trailing 36-33 inside the final two minutes of the third quarter, Parks hit back-to-back baskets to end the period with a 37-36 cushion, then sparked an 8-0 run to open the fourth and conclusively switch the momentum.

Besides Parks, Janiyha Riley and Saviya Morgan each finished with 10 points. A total of four players scored for Columbia Central, which played without junior guard Karma Hunt (knee).

“That’s a concern. But at the same time, we’re glad to get the win,” Parks said after the Lady Lions improved to 7-2.

Robinson scored 23 for Fayetteville.

Next up: Central faces visiting Marshall County in a Tuesday doubleheader, before the Lady Lions host the B4 Christmas Classic this weekend while the boys travel for the Riverdale Classic in Murfreesboro.

“This will be the second time we get them on the second night (of consecutive games),” Campbell said. “But we’re glad we’ve got the games with everything that’s going on.

“It’ll build toughness.”

Columbia Central boys 65, Fayetteville 53

F 11 17 10 15 – 53
C 12 21 13 19 – 65

Fayetteville (53) – Brayden Hockett 17, Marquese Nance 15, Tyeus Layne 4, Isaiah Thomison 8, Bryson Casey 3, K.J. Jackson 2, Corian Cash 4

Columbia Central (65) – Cam Johnson 17, Carter Szydlowski 6, Demetrius McCoy 4, Q Martin 17, Bubba Perkins 7, Roni Bailey 5, Quandrees Peete 3, Jordan Davis 6

3-pointers – Fayetteville 7 (Hockett 3, Nance 3, Casey), Columbia Central 8 (Johnson 5, Martin, Perkins, Bailey)

Columbia Central girls 51, Fayetteville 40

F 11 12 13 4 – 40
C 16 6 15 14 – 51

Fayetteville (40) — Elexis Humphrey 3, Amaria Thompson 2, Shaneka Nance 6, Zanaria Robinson 23, Hannah Litaker 6

Columbia Central (51) – Saviya Morgan 10, Ryleigh Hamm 8, Janiyha Riley 10, Josie Parks 23

3-pointers – Fayetteville 0, Columbia Central 1 (Hamm)

Monday on the hardwood

Culleoka girls 68, Zion Chr. 22

Z 2 4 11 5 — 22
C 15 17 26 10 — 68

Zion Chr. (22) – Emily Mesko 2, Halle Adcox 4, Stratton Wiesman 4, Deanna Trousdale 7, Becca Hazard 5

Culleoka (68) – Karlie Jones 16, Madison Ingram 4, Tyler Reischman 8, Emilee Rochester 2, Hannah Collins 14, Alex Skinner 8, Breanna Dickson 16

3-pointers – Zion Chr. 0, Culleoka 8 (Jones 3, Collins 4, Skinner)

Culleoka boys 72, Zion Chr. 38

Z 8 10 9 11 — 38
C 20 14 22 16 — 72

Zion Chr. (38) – Max Brown 2, Elisha Nieves 4, Matthew Terry 2, Jaron Keyser 1, Hayden Headley 8, Wesley Riggins 4, Ethan Yates 2, Colton Bragan 6, Zach Knowles 3, Connor Matheny 6

Culleoka (72) – Tavon Bagsby 7, Blake Delk 5, Colby Mitchell 2, Ranger Graham 6, Landon Andrews 20, Elijah Hargrove 6, Erik Mick 10, Cooper Parks 6, Jaxon Davidson 3, Tanner Wray 2, Hunter Harris 5

3-pointers – Zion Chr. 3 (Headley, Riggins, Bragan), Culleoka 8 (Bagsby, Delk, Graham 2, Andrews, Mick 2, Davidson)

Summertown girls 60, Rogers (Ala.) 36

R 10 8 8 10 – 36
S 13 17 17 13 – 60

Rogers (36) — Sheyenne Hankins 9, Brooke Jones 7, Sadee Gray 5, Madie Krieger 5, Erin Brown 5, Emily Ahonen 4, Gracie Rogers 1

Summertown (60) — Hailey Jones 15, Rylee Long 13, Katie Burdette 12, Ansley Burleson 8, Karlie Campbell 4, Emily Brazier 2, Braley Burleson 2, Kaley Campbell 2, Carlee Emerson 2

3-pointers – Rogers 6 (Hankins 3, Gray, Krieger, Brown), Summertown 6 (Jones, Long 3, A. Burleson 2)

Summertown boys 72, Rogers (Ala.) 54

R 16 11 9 18 — 54
S 15 19 18 20 – 72

Rogers (54) – Kutter Bradley 9, Ashton Olive 5, Kolby Beavers 2, Peyton Peoples 5, Kadin Harper 3, Benton Gray 14, Charlie Hendrix 11, Austin Keeton 1, Malachi Davis 4

Summertown (72) – Skyler Trousdale 17, Zane Akins 1, Harrison Gobble 3, Jake Smith 5, Grayson Burleson 14, Gavin Burleson 14, Grant Burleson 6, Kaden Trotter 12

3-pointers – Rogers 7 (Bradley, Olive, Peoples, Harper, Gray, Hendrix 2), Summertown 5 (Gobble, Gy. Burleson, Gv. Burleson 3)