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Story and pic by John Decker
Hendersonville – The game started out like most 9-AAA contests. The intensity was there, both teams were playing hard but Beech was having trouble getting shots to drop and fell behind 16-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter opened with three consecutive 3 point goals for the Bears and the route was on. The Mt. Juliet defense fed off the offense and made it darn near impossible for the Bucs to get a decent shot. Meanwhile, the Bears missed 3 shots the entire second quarter, dominated the rebounding and scored 29 points to take a 45-22 halftime lead.
“We really came out ready to play tonight. The shots were falling and sure makes it easy when that happens,” said Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen. “We played great defense and Isaac Thompson did a tremendous job on Kaleb Powell tonight.”
In the end Beech just couldn’t get shots to drop and the Bears couldn’t miss for most of the night. “You have to give Mt. Juliet credit, they were fantastic tonight,” said Beech coach Kip Brown. “We will learn from this and get better.”
“Beech has a good team and they have been playing very well lately. It was a great win, that 3 was number twenty and we clinched the regular season title so that’s good,” added Allen.
Beech (55) – Jyquale Matthews 5, Bradley Wheeler 3, Luke Fleming 10, Tyler Preston 3, Kaleb Powell 13, Kenny Miller 2, Drew Paige 12, Kristian Shaw 3, Jackson Long 1, Josh Jordan 2, Adrian Johnson 2
Mt.Juliet (76) – Will Pruitt 38, Riggs Abner 5, Charles Clark 13, Isaac Thompson 4, Gage Wells 11, Griffin Thorneberry 1, Jacob Burge 5, Kyle Taylor 2
Lady Bucs cruise past Mt. Juliet
Story and pic by John Decker
Hendersonville – The Lady Bucs (21-1/10-0) haven’t been playing their best basketball lately, but they are still winning games. Tonight they put away Mt. Juliet (6-14/2-9) 55-41.
“We have not played well at all here lately and it’s getting time we have to get it in gear. The district tourney will be here soon, we’ve got to get better and more consistent,” said Beech coach Kristi Utley.
Throughout a sloppy first half for both teams, Lady Buc guard Deshiya Hoosier knocked down 3 three pointers as Beech led 26-15 at the half. Mt. Juliet freshman guard Ava Heilman matched her to keep the Lady Bears close at the half.
Both teams traded baskets in the third quarter as Heilman kept up her hot shooting scoring five more point in the third quarter.
Beech went on a small run to lead by 18 points but Heilman, who finished 6-7 from behind the arc, hit her last two three point attempts to cut the lead back down to 12 but the Lady Bucs continued to trade baskets the last 4 minutes of the contest. “We have shown a lot of improvement since the last time we played Beech. The kids played with more effort and pride,” said Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer.
“We have a lot of young girls are stepping up, we are getting better. Taylor Pruitt is still getting in game shape so we are hoping to peak come tournament time,” added Fryer.
Mt. Juliet (41) – Taylor Pruitt 7, Nevaeh Majors 8, Ava Heilman 22, Halle Jones 4
Beech (55) – Laci Walmer 6, Kyndal Chenault 2, Jana Claire Swafford 7, Natasia Jones 4, Bre Ellis 5, Deshiya Hoosier 13, Mia Dean 2, Riley Long 15
The girls improved to 18-1/9-0 last night with a 52-47 win over Wilson Central. The boys won 65-37 in a blow out to improve to 16-8/6-3.
Both teams will play at Gallatin HS on Friday. Girls play at 6:30; Boys at 8:00.
The Buccanasium floor was named “Boots” Scott Floor and dedicated with family last Tuesday evening. Coach Scott was the first boys basketball coach at Beech and also coached golf.
Coach was a mainstay at BHS sporting events during his work days and after retirement he and wife, Gail, were at just about every game the Bucs played in football and basketball.
Beech Senior (BESE) 42.0 Mt. Juliet (MTJU) 30.0
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