GALLATIN — A sad night got a little brighter Tuesday evening at Gallatin High School as fans in attendance wore bright yellow Nashville Predators gear to honor the late Jerry Landers.

Landers, the girls basketball head coach since 2017, passed away Sunday, Jan. 9 due to complications with COVID-19.

Honoring Landers, public address announcer Rob Hosier read a tribute to Landers, fans observed a moment of silence and flowers filled a seat that no longer has someone to sit in it.

Surrounded by family, friends and supporters from both communities, Gallatin rose to the occasion defeating Hunters Lane 72-27.

“We wanted to honor Jerry tonight by playing hard, playing well and I think the girls did that — winning was a bonus,” coach Greta Parker said.

Parker is now in charge of leading the Lady Wave basketball team. She adds seeing the support from fans was emotional but one the girls needed.

“It was nice to see all the fans come and support Jerry and the girls,” she said. “They really needed that. It was great seeing Jerry’s family, and I hope they know those seats are theirs and are welcome back home anytime.”

Gallatin has only two seniors on the team — Kaitlyn Abernathy and Nyamal Kueth. Parker said the two girls have been good examples on how to lead.

“My seniors were tough tonight and they were there for their teammates,” she said. “They did the small things tonight, and I’m grateful for their help. We just have to take this one day at a time.”

As for their game, Gallatin jumped out to a 26-8 lead after the first quarter and 43-16 at the break.

Sanaa Ricks scored 17 points and Maggie Hale added 15 points to lead their team, while Hunters Lane’s Eunique Hassell tallied a team-high 14 points.

Gallatin (11-6, 1-0) outscored the Lady Warriors 29-11 in the second half to secure their first District 10-AAAA contest of the year.