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COVID cases force girls hoops pause at Spring Hill, Santa Fe

By Maurice Patton

Girls basketball at both Spring Hill and Santa Fe has been put on pause for a couple of weeks because of COVID-19 concerns.

Both teams have experienced recent positive tests within their ranks, forcing them to quarantine – Santa Fe until Dec. 14, Spring Hill until Dec. 15.

The shutdown will force Spring Hill’s girls to miss upcoming road contests against Brentwood (Dec. 8), Giles Co. (Dec. 10) and a Dec. 11 game against visiting Ravenwood. The doubleheader Friday against visiting Summit – like Brentwood and Ravenwood, a District 11-AAA matchup – had already been postponed for Summit’s appearance in this weekend’s BlueCross Bowl football state championships.

“We were supposed to play Dickson County on Tuesday,” Spring Hill athletics director John Farmer said, recounting the events leading up to the announcement. “We’d planned to go ahead with the boys game, but Dickson County didn’t want to bring a bus for their boys and bring one later for their girls.

“With our other district games – per (district) bylaws, we are playing the boys games and the girls games will have to be played later. So the boys will play Brentwood and Ravenwood, and the girls will have to reschedule. (As for) Giles County, we’re still up in the air about what we’re going to do about that.”

The next scheduled doubleheader for Spring Hill is currently set for Dec. 17 against visiting Hickman County.

Santa Fe girls basketball coach Jonathon Slaughter has tested positive for COVID-19. He and his team will be in quarantine for the next two weeks, returning to activities in time for a Dec. 15 game against Jo Byrns. (Photo by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports)

Santa Fe girls coach Jonathon Slaughter has tested positive for COVID-19.

“I started feeling sick Sunday night, woke up (Monday) with a fever, got tested and got my results (Wednesday),” he said. “I’m under quarantine for 10 days. We had practice Sunday with the high school girls, so that led them to have to quarantine for close contact for 10 days.

Santa Fe had been scheduled to play Tuesday against visiting East Hickman, but that doubleheader was canceled after Hickman County Schools were unable to travel because of inclement weather. Santa Fe will miss its Friday twinbill at Cornersville. The boys are expected to play Dec. 8 at McEwen and Dec. 11 at Collinwood.

The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to resume practice on Dec. 14 and play Dec. 15 against visiting Jo Byrns.

“I’ve had a low-grade fever,” Slaughter said. “The highest it’s been was 101 (degrees). I’ve got general achiness, a runny nose, a cough. I don’t feel good, but I don’t feel like I’m about to die. I don’t know that I’ve got the bad part of it.”

Chris Poynter, athletics director for Maury County Public Schools, said there’s no heightened concern over the current athletic quarantines.

“We’re concerned, but we’ve tried to put in precautionary measures,” he said. “Right now, our process is actually doing what it’s supposed to do. We’re notified of individuals who have tested positive, identified those who have been potentially exposed, and those players and/or coaches have been quarantined. It’s designed to do that.

“Our goal has been to try, in the safest way possible, to have athletics continue, just as we have since the beginning of the school year. Our coaches and ADs have done an outstanding job to try to minimize the impact … Some things are just unavoidable.”

Maurice Patton is the editor for Southern Middle Tennessee Sports. E-mail: mopattonsports@gmail.com; Twitter: @mopatton_sports.

Winter sports upcoming

Area basketball schedule

6 p.m. starts unless otherwise noted
*district game


Athens (Ala.) Bible School at Columbia Acad.
Collinwood at Hampshire


Columbia Acad. at Fayetteville
Dickson Co. at Spring Hill*
East Hickman at Santa Fe
Forrest at Columbia Central
Hampshire at Zion Chr.
Ravenwood at Independence*
Richland at Cornersville
Rockvale girls at Summit
Tullahoma at Summertown
Wayne Co. at Mt. Pleasant
Nolensville boys at Summit, 7:30 p.m.


Columbia Central at Ensworth
Providence Chr. at Columbia Acad.*


Hollow Rock-Bruceton at Hampshire
Page at Independence*
Richland at Wayne Co.
Shelbyville at Summertown


Mt. Pleasant boys at Summertown

Area wrestling schedule


Independence at Fairview, 5:30 p.m.
Dickson Co., Spring Hill, Summit at Franklin, 6 p.m.


Independence at Father Ryan, 5:30 p.m.


Ravenwood at Independence, 5:30 p.m.
Spring Hill at Cascade, 5:30 p.m.


Independence at Huntsville (Ala.) Tournament


Independence at Huntsville (Ala.) Tournament
Spring Hill at Brentwood Duals
Summit at Centennial Tournament
Summit at Mt. Juliet Duals

schedules subject to change without prior notice

Santa Fe outlasts Grace boys, Lady ‘Cats fall on road

By Chris Yow

LEIPERS FORK — Andy Slaughter wasn’t going to be denied his first win at Grace Christian on Tuesday night. The junior guard for Santa Fe poured in 32 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead his team to a 65-54 win over the Lions.

After Grace took its first lead of the second half just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter and pushed the lead to four points, Slaughter took over. He hit a jumper to end an 8-0 run, cutting the lead to 46-44, and added two free throws, a steal and lay up to put the Wildcats ahead 49-46. That was the beginning of a 16-0 run for Santa Fe, one which coach Brad Slaughter was relieved to see come late.

“It was a very physical game tonight,” he said. “Andy was tired, but when we needed it he came through for us.

“A lot of guys made big plays down the stretch for us.”

Among those with big plays in the fourth quarter was Colton Steward, who finished with 17 points in the contest. He was also a force on the defensive side of the ball.

“Colton stepped up tonight and had a really big night after struggling in our opener,” coach Slaughter said. “He was a difference-maker tonight for us.”

Santa Fe opened up the game with an early lead, but Grace battled back and tied the game at 11 on a CJ Tinnon 3-pointer and then took a 14-11 lead to the end of the quarter on a Will Beasley trey. The Lions dropped 10 3-pointers in the contest, but only four in the second half.

“I thought what we saw in the second half was a much better defensive effort,” coach Slaughter said. “When we defend, we’re really good. I thought we played excellent defense in stretches and terrible in stretches.

“When we can get our defense figured out, we’ll be right where we want to be.”

The Wildcats are scheduled to return to action Dec. 1 at home against East Hickman.

Pressure forces Lady Cats to fall behind early in loss at Grace

A stellar performance by Emmy Bates was not enough for Santa Fe’s girls on Tuesday, as they fell 60-39 to Grace Christian. Bates finished with a game-high 20 points and added seven rebounds for the Lady Wildcats, but she was the lone bright spot for Jonathan Slaughter’s club.

Bates’ play after halftime helped Santa Fe cut into a 32-21 halftime lead for Grace. Behind her, the Lady ‘Cats dwindled the lead down to just five points, but Grace adjusted their defense to force someone else to take over.

“We adjusted to their press at halftime and were able to get (Bates) in the middle, and she made good decisions with the ball to help us get the lead down to five points,” Slaughter said. “But they went to a box-and-one on her, and we didn’t know what to do.”

Making adjustments in the huddle during a timeout doesn’t always translate to the playing floor, and that was the case for Santa Fe following the new-look defense from the Lady Lions.

“When they started denying her, our other girls didn’t make good decisions with the ball and we had a lot of turnovers,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting a box-and-one, so we haven’t worked on it in practice. We drew something up, but couldn’t execute it.

“With young players and teams like ours is, if you haven’t worked on it in practice, it’s hard to do it in a game.”

Santa Fe earned the double-bonus in the third quarter, but shot just 10-of-21 on the night from the charity stripe. The Lady ‘Cats were out scored 17-3 in the fourth quarter.

Natalie Kaye led Grace with 18 points in the game, one of only two players in double figures for the Lady Lions, the other being Charlie Black.

Santa Fe 65 boys, Grace Chr. 54

SF 11 19 12 23 — 65
GC 14 13 14 13 — 54

Santa Fe (65) — Will Monhollen 3, Logan Wilkins 2, Weston McClanahan 11, Colton Steward 17, Andy Slaughter 32
Grace Chr. (54) — Ashton Kelley 4, Will Beasley 10, Ren Caldwell 9, Jackson Hiett 5, CJ Tinnon 9, Jordan Carter 12, Jackson Sleeper 2, Trace Phillips 3
3-pointers — Santa Fe 3 (McClanahan 2, Slaughter), Grace Christian 10 (Caldwell 3, Beasley 2, Carter 2, Hiett, Tinnon, Phillips)

Grace Chr. girls 60, Santa Fe 39

SF 9 12 15 3 — 39
GC 15 17 11 17 — 60

Santa Fe (39) — Terralyn Pemberton 4, Gracie Mills 7, Emmy Bates 20, Aniston Slaughter 1, Hattie Hedrick 4, Jade Arnold 3
Grace Chr. (60) — Campbell Spencer 6, Natalie Kaye 18, McKenzie Kaye 7, Adyson Wolf 4, Charlie Black 11, Carlie Mason 8, Madelyn Gregg 6
3-pointers —Santa Fe 3 (Bates 2, Arnold), Grace Christian 3 (M. Kaye 2, N. Kaye)

Hoops upcoming


Summit girls vs. Harpeth at Creek Wood Classic, 4 p.m.
Centennial at Columbia Central


Summit boys vs. Smyrna at Centennial, 2 p.m.
Columbia Central at Marshall Co.
Houston Co. at Richland
Independence at Father Ryan
Middle Tenn. Chr. at Columbia Acad.*
Page at Summertown
Santa Fe at Grace Chr.
Summit girls vs. Creek Wood at Creek Wood Classic, 7 p.m.


Independence boys vs. Mt. Juliet at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 2:30 p.m.
Independence girls vs. Mt. Juliet at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 4 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant boys vs. Loretto at Cannon Co. Thanksgiving Classic, 3 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant girls vs. Cannon Co. at Cannon Co. Thanksgiving Classic, 4:30 p.m.
Summertown girls vs. Stewarts Creek at Stewarts Creek Thanksgiving Classic, 6 p.m.


Independence girls vs. Sycamore at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 10 a.m.
Independence boys vs. Stewarts Creek at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 8:30 p.m.
Summertown girls vs. LaVergne at Stewarts Creek Thanksgiving Classic, 2 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant at Jackson Co.

*region game

all doubleheaders 6 p.m. start unless otherwise specified

schedule subject to change without prior notice

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)

Rollin’ Raiders win District 8 team bowling championship

By Maurice Patton

Spring Hill and Lawrence County’s bowling teams ended Monday the same way they started – facing each other at Tenn Pin Alley.

But after losing a one-game rolloff to establish seeding in the District 8 Tournament, the Raiders won the matchup that counted – claiming the first boys/co-ed team title in the program’s history by a 15.5-11.5 margin.

“Everybody woke up,” said Spring Hill senior Nick Erdman, who rolled a team-high 711 series in the finals. “We were tired, sore (for the morning match). We weren’t loosey-goosey. We weren’t loud. There wasn’t a lot of support for each other. We weren’t as involved as we were in the finals.

“We were yelling, encouraging each other. That definitely helped us out. We wanted it, really bad.”

Members of the Spring Hill boys/co-ed bowling team pose with their District 8 championship plaque following Monday’s win over Lawrence County in the tournament finals at Tenn Pin Alley. (Photo by Maurice Patton / SM-Tn Sports)

Both teams went undefeated in district play, but their contest was canceled because of COVID and the schedule did not allow for a makeup match. Lawrence County took the top seed with the rolloff victory, then defeated No. 8 seed Summit (16-11) and No. 4 Columbia Central (17-10) to advance to the finals.

“I can’t complain,” Central coach Randy Cook said regarding his team, which defeated fifth-seeded Marshall County in the quarterfinals. “They hung in there. They were over 3,000 (pins) in both matches.

“It’s been a learning experience. I can’t complain. It’s just a matter of getting them more consistent, which means practice.”

Spring Hill downed No. 7 seed Santa Fe 22.5-4.5 in the opening round and No. 6 seed Franklin County – an upset winner over Tullahoma in the quarterfinals – to set up the rematch.

“We really didn’t care (about the rolloff),” Raiders coach Don McKinnon said. “We knew we’d make it through and meet them again, and we made it count.”

Behind Erdman, an individual state qualifier a year ago, Spring Hill got a 648 series from junior Jeremy Gearlds, a 631 from junior Tyler Williams and a 630 from junior David Yauger.

“We were up 131 points after the second game; we only needed four points at that point to win the match,” McKinnon said. “We only needed to win one game, and we won two.”

Both Spring Hill and Lawrence County will advance to the Region 4 semifinals, which are currently scheduled to be held in January, ahead of the Division I state tournament, set for Jan. 21-23 in Smyrna.

Erdman expressed appreciation for McKinnon and assistant Derrick Reynolds following the championship victory.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them,” he said.

In girls competition, top seed Tullahoma defeated Lawrence County 22-5 for the title.