The Gallatin High School girls basketball team didn’t look like the same team on Monday as it did last Friday.
As a result, the Lady Wave didn’t get the same result.
Gallatin built a double-digit, first-quarter lead and never trailed in a 65-41 victory over visiting White House.
“We’re ready to win after we lose, especially after the way we played on Friday (in a 46-24 loss at Beech),” Lady Wave senior forward Grayson Pryor said. “That was embarrassing.
“We look at our faults from the last game and use them for the game we are playing now.”
Friday’s 24-point output was a season-low for Gallatin.
“Sometimes, we can kind of be Jekyll and Hyde,” Lady Wave first-year head coach Malcolm Montgomery said. “We looked for each other. We shared the ball better tonight.
“With us, it’s going to be like that all year. We are learning to win. We’re going to have good nights. We’re going to have bad nights, but we have to stay together. We needed a win like tonight.”
The win snapped Gallatin’s five-game losing streak.
The Lady Wave scored 15 of the game’s first 17 points, with Pryor making two perimeter jump shots and junior Sha’Mari Johnson coming off of the bench to sink the first of her two 3-pointers.
Lady Devil junior forward Stephanie Palmer scored four consecutive points late in the first quarter, pulling her squad to within nine points. However, that’s as close at White House was able to get.
The margin was 19-8 after one quarter of play and 26-13 at halftime.
“We just came out flat,” Lady Devil head coach Jeff Bennett said.
White House (1-7) pulled back to within 11 points twice in the third quarter, lastly following sophomore guard McKenzie Vaughn’s free throw in the final seconds of the period.
“We played hard,” Bennett said. “They just made shots. We got after them in the second half, but they made shots.”
However, senior guard Rene’ Hudson banked in a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third quarter, and she made two more 3-pointers over the first 2:16 of the final period, extending the lead to 18 points.
“We played way better as a team than we did on Friday,” Pryor said. “If you haye teamwork, it works so much better. That’s going to make the difference.”
Hudson scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half.
Ten different players scored for Gallatin, which improved to 4-6.
“It’s good,” Pryor said. “Every player has a role. I like playing with everybody on the team. I enjoy playing like that.”
Montgomery added, “Everybody did something good. Our bench was into it. We were talking on the floor. We made a step in the right direction.”
Palmer led the Lady Devils offensively with 10 points.
White House hosts Cheatham County for a District 9-AA contest on Friday evening.
The Lady Wave host Springfield on Friday evening at 7 in the BodyGuard Sports Medicine Christmas Classic, and they will face Clarksville Northeast in the final game of the two-day event on Saturday evening at 6:30.
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WHITE HOUSE (41) – Stephanie Palmer 10, Alyssa Armstrong 8, Hailee Ellis 7, Bryanna Allen 4, Lauren Felts 4, Bailey Hutchison 3, McKenzie Vaughn 3, Allyson Trimmer 2.
GALLATIN (65) – Rene’ Hudson 18, Grayson Pryor 12, Savannah Link 8, Keile Hale 6, Sha’Mari Johnson 6, Grace Pincock 4, Katie Whitefield 4, Anastasia Blakemore 3, Tiera McDermott 2, LaMonica Mintlow 2.
Half: 26-13, Gallatin. Three-point-goals: White House 1 (Ellis 1), Gallatin 8 (Hudson 3, Johnson 2, Pryor 2, Link 1). Records: White House 1-7, Gallatin 4-6.