GALLATIN - Gallatin High School paid homage to the Red Devilettes Tuesday night with their annual throwback night for Union High School.
The usual green and gold Lady Wave were decked out in maroon and white to pay respect for all those that came before them in the Gallatin community.
“For us to hear the experiences of others who have gone through what some of us are going through today is very important,” Gallatin head coach Jerry Landers said. “I think what we are doing to honor Union is great.”
For the first time in the three years, Gallatin has honored Union, the school elected to invite their opponent to share in the experiences of what it was like to attend Union High School.
Coaches and players of both schools showed up Monday to the old Union High School to hear what former players had to say.
“It was such a fantastic experience,” Hendersonville head coach John Filson said. “It leaves you feeling appreciative of those who came before you. It was fantastic to see our kids get into the day. It’s a truly great thing.”
On the court Tuesday night, it was all Union as the Red Devilettes forced 21 steals and 27 Lady Commando turnovers in the 69-54 victory.
“After struggling on Friday night to see us come back and play better was good to see,” Landers added. “I thought we did a good job of getting back to what made us successful in starting the season.”
Along with the 21 steals, Union tallied 14 fastbreak points as well as 50 points in the paint.
“Turnovers and rebounding have been our Achilles heel all season,” Filson added. “You can’t give up double the amount of shots you take and expect to be successful.”
Jeremia Montgomery led the Red Devilettes with 17 points while Sanaa Ricks chipped in 14 points.
Janaeya Mayes led Hendersonville with 15 points while Jeryn Jarrett and Kayla Minchey each chipped in 10 points.
Hendersonville trimmed Union’s double-digit lead down to two, three times but could never get the necessary stop and bucket to tie or take their first lead.
“It was frustrating to see, yes,” Filson said of the loss.
With Union leading 47-43 at the end of the third quarter, the Red Devilettes outscored Hendersonville 22-11 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Girls Box Score
Union (69): Jeremia Montgomery 17, Sanaa Ricks 14, Jo’Neca Talley 9, Talor Crenshaw 9, Janaya Newsom 6, Kanae Carman 5, Kayla Carman 4, A’Niya Boone 4, Cialife Carter 4.
Hendersonville (54): Janaeya Mayes 15, Jery Jarrett 10, Kayla Minchey 10, Cookie Morgan 8, Brette Taylor 7, Alex Marshaleck 3, Hailey Sebring 1.