Wilson Central stretched its winning streak to 13 games with Tuesday’s 47-36 semifinal triumph over Antioch at the Overton Christmas Tournament, advancing to Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. championship.
The Lady Wildcats used a nine-point, second-quarter run to establish an early 22-10 lead, and while Antioch (6-6), led by Areyanna Majors’ 16 points, trimmed the deficit to single digits on more than one occasion, first-year coach Antoine Buchanan and the Lady Bears never could quite get over the hump.
“They have a great shooter on their squad and we knew we had to limit her shots,” Buchanan said of Wilson Central’s Kendall Spray. “We played hard, but we just weren’t good enough tonight.”
Spray, coming off a 26-point effort in the team’s opening-round win over MLK, finished with 16 points to lead the unbeaten Lady Wildcats (13-0), marking her second-lowest point total of the season.
“I thought they did a good job of taking away Kendall, but I thought we had some other kids step up,” Wild said. “I thought Addison Byrd’s aggression offensively and her trying to get to the rim was really nice. I thought our ability in the second half to get on the offensive glass and get second chances was key, too.”
Spray, who hit a state-record 14 3-pointers in Wilson Central’s 88-40 win over previously unbeaten Harpeth Hall, started just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc Tuesday, and the sharpshooting UT Martin signee finished with just two treys.
“It’s not the last time that somebody is going to take Kendall away; it’s just going to happen,” Wild added. “Other kids have to be able to step up in the way we need them to and look to shoot the ball and score the ball.”
Byrd finished with 15 points in the win — the Lady Wildcats’ closest since a 50-42 victory over Lebanon on Dec. 11 — while Taylor Tucker added eight.
Dominique Lee finished with 11 points for Antioch, which will square off with Independence in Wednesday’s 3:30 p.m. third-place consolation game.
Hillsboro girls 48, Independence 47 (2 OT): Hillsboro’s girls also advanced to Wednesday’s championship game, edging Independence 48-47 in double-overtime behind Devon Burns’ game-high 11 points. Independence’s Kaitlyn Hearn scored 11 in the losing effort.
McEwen 67, Santa Fe 54: Maddie Long led McEwen with 40 points, including one 3-pointer in the Santa Fe tourney. Katie Muston and Jordan Steward scored 11 points each for Santa Fe.
Clarkrange 53, Lebanon 38: Zoie Crouch scored 18 points to lead Clarkrange into the Sonic Shootout finals at White County High. Clarkrange will play White County, a 51-40 winner over Harpeth Hall.
Brentwood Acad. 63, CPA 41: Brentwood Academy reached the finals of the Above the Rim tourney at Hickman County as Makalia White scored a game-high 19 points.
Smyrna 74, Dobyns-Bennett 71: Smyrna (5-5) reached the Landair Ladies Classic finals as Kesha Brady scored 27 points and Sha Roberts added 22.
Father Ryan 35, McAdory (Ala.) 32: The Irish improved to 10-2 and advanced to the finals of Ryan’s own Willie Brown ’65 Memorial Tournament as Griffin Bumpus hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points.
Clarksville 53, Brentwood 52: Teal Young hit a layup at the buzzer give Clarksville the win over Brentwood at the Willie Brown ’65 Memorial Tournament at Father Ryan. Young finished with 22 points for the Wildcats, who will play for fifth place Wednesday.
Ensworth 65, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) 53: Jordan Bone scored 19 points as the unbeaten Tigers (10-0) advanced to the finals of the Gulf Shore Holiday Hoopfest in Naples, Fla.
Northeast 51, Overton 50: Clarksville Northeast reached the finals of the Overton Christmas Tournament as Isaiah Tharpe hit two 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead the Eagles.
MBA 61, Harding Academy 60: MBA (4-3) was able to come away with a win and trip to the finals of the FRA tourney as Parker Bryan had a team-high 13 points.
Summertown 82, Fayetteville 81: Nick Hopkins poured in 46 points with six 3-pointers for Fayetteville (7-4), but Summertown’s (8-5) Michael Burdette scored his only point on a game-winning free throw with less than a second left in the Summertown Classic.
Hendersonville 46, Hillwood 45: Hendersonville (4-8) trailed Hillwood (6-5) going by eight points at halftime but scored 17 in the fourth to close the gap and seal a win in its own classic. Austin Kirby led the Commandos in scoring with 13 points, but more importantly, he hit the game-winning field goal with just seconds remaining.
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