GALLATIN - Tuesday night’s District 9-AAA showdown between unblemished Lebanon and the fifth seed Lady Bison turned into a battle late in the fourth quarter, but ultimately it was the Devilettes that prevailed, 70-64.
“Tonight was a great game for us; I’ve known Kendra a long time and she has grit, anyone who has been through what she has been through you know her team is going to play tough as nails. I knew her team would bring it for 32 minutes” Lebanon head coach Cory Barrett said.
Terry Reynolds paced the Devilettes with 18 points while three others Addie Grace Porter (15), Finley Tomlin (13), Avery Harris (10) and Madison Jennings (10) joined her in double figures.
“When we do what we were supposed to do we showed we can be a pretty good team,” Barrett said. “When we didn’t we showed what we need to work on; this was a great game for us to learn from.”
Reynolds, the team’s leading scorer before quarantine, is finally back after dealing with COVID-19 protocols. Her replacement, sophomore Finley Tomlin, continues to get better and bolster the Devilettes scoring attack.
“It’s nice to get Terry back, but Finley stepped into a starting role when that happened and continues to get better every game. That is important for us moving forward,” Barrett said.
As for his senior leader, Addie Grace Porter poured in 13 second half points en route to 15. While Porter may not have played her best game according to Barrett, he knows he can always count on No. 21.
“She has been a staple for us for four years now,” he said. “I don’t think she played anywhere to where she is capable of, but we know we can always count on her.”
Despite 54 combined points between Marisa Wirtz (22), Anu Richards (17), and Arielle Everett (15) the 14 point four quarter deficit proved to be too much.
Trailing by 10 with two minutes remaining, Station Camp gave one last push towards the finish line, cutting their deficit to six with one minute and had their opportunity following an offensive rebound to cut the Lebanon lead to only three, but a Wirtz 3-pointer hit the rim before a Devilettes layup sealed the deal.
“Tonight we didn’t get tired and we fought for every possession, compete the entire game and tonight we did that and believed we could win the entire time,” Station Camp head coach Kendra Jackson said. “We talk constantly about playing the game the same way no matter our opponent.”
Before getting out of hand in the second and third quarters, Station Camp and Lebanon battled for much of the first quarter as the Devilettes only held a three point advantage with 1:30 left in the quarter.
However, a 17-2 run catapulted Barrett’s team out in front 32-14 midway through the second frame and 43-29 at the break.
At one point during the third quarter, Lebanon capitalized on three consecutive offensive rebound put-backs to keep their lead at an arm’s length.
Station Camp is back in action Friday night at home against Beech in a critical District 9-AAA matchup while the Devilettes travel to Gallatin to take on the second seeded Lady Wave.
Lebanon (70): Terry Reynolds 18, Addie Grace Porter 15, Finley Tomlin 13, Avery Harris 10, Maddison Jennings 10, Nylyia Rankins 2, Meioshe Mason 2.
Station Camp (64): Marisa Wirtz 22, Anu Richards 17, Arielle Everett 15, Noelle King 5, Cami Klein 5.