Wilson Central v. Portland tonight -
GLADEVILLE -- Junior Addie Porter scored a game-high 20 points and senior Allissa Mulaski added 15 as No. 2-seed Lebanon rolled over Mt. Juliet 74-40 in Wednesday's District 9AAA quarterfinal at Wilson Central.
With the win, the Devilettes won their seventh consecutive game, improving to 24-6 headed into a Saturday afternoon semifinal contest.
Mt. Juliet's season came to a close at 7-17 -- marking the fewest number of wins for the program in at least three decades.
Out-manned all season long, the Lady Bears put up a valiant fight and fell behind 13-9 after one quarter. Lebanon reeled off a 26-9 second period run and had the game well in hand 39-18 at intermission.
Porter tallied 13 of her 20 points in the second quarter, often pulling a defensive rebound then racing coast to coast for a layup.
The Lady Bears played even in the third at 13-13 until Lebanon's depth began to show with a 22-9 run over the final eight minutes.
Aaryn Grace Lester finished with nine points and dished out a handful of assists while Avery Harris had eight and Terri Reynolds seven. Meioshe Mason came off the bench for four points and blocked three shots.
Mt. Juliet was led in scoring by a pair of seniors -- Nevaeh Majors with 15 points and Halle Jones with 10.
With a berth in next week's Region 5AAA tournament in the bag, the Devilettes advance to Saturday's semifinals versus either No. 3 Wilson Central or No. 6 Portland.
MT. JULIET (40): Adelyn Kendall 3, Taylor Pruitt 2, Anna Riggs 3, Nevaeh Majors 15, Ava Heilman 7, Halle Jones 10.
LEBANON (74): Terri Reynolds 7, Asia Barr 3, Anne Marie Heidebreicht 3, Addie Porter 20, Aaryn Grace Lester 9, Allissa Mulaski 15, Rebecca Brown 3, Avery Harris 8, Meioshe Mason 4, Madison Jennings 4.
UP TO DATE IN 9AAA GIRLS -
No. 1-seed Beech had no problems disposing of No. 8-seed Hendersonville High 61-25 in Wednesday's tournament opener.
With the victory, Beech moved to 24-2 overall while Hendersonville wrapped up a 7-20 campaign.
Tournament host and No. 3-seeded Wilson Central (15-10) takes on No. 6-seed Portland (12-17) in a 6:30 pm "loser-out" quarterfinal.
Thursday's 8 pm contest finds No. 4 Gallatin playing No. 5 Station Camp.
Tonight's winners advance to Saturday's semifinal round and will be assured of a spot in the Region 5AAA tournament next week in Clarksville.