GALLATIN - Tuesday night’s District 9-AAA matchup between the No. 2 ranked team, the Gallatin Lady Wave, and the district’s last-placed team, the Mt. Juliet Lady Bears, went according to plan as Gallatin used a 19-0 second quarter run to propel themselves to victory, 56-21.
The Lady Bears came out swinging, however. Mt. Juliet jumped out quickly, 10-8, at the end of the first quarter thanks to three 3-pointers, two of which coming from Jakoria Woods. The first eight minutes were a slower than usual start for the Lady Wave, but that all changed once the second frame began play.
Trailing 14-12 with six minutes left in the quarter, their 19-0 run ballooned their once two-point deficit to 33-14 and 46-14 by the end of the third quarter, holding Mt. Juliet scoreless.
“We put a lot of emphasis on pressuring other teams defensively the last few weeks,” Gallatin head coach Jerry Landers said. “We started off a little slow tonight on the offensive end, but we got going there in the second quarter and played well.”
Both teams elected to empty their bench for most of the fourth quarter as Gallatin finished with nine girls in the scoring column.
“This was real team win with everyone doing a great job,” Landers said. “Our communication on the court has improved and it’s starting to show.”
The Layd Wave improve to 6-1 in league play, two games back of undefeated Lebanon (8-0).
Gallatin will host Lebanon Friday night in what should be a great rematch between the two league rivals.
Gallatin (56): Jeremia Montgomery 15, Ed’Niya Wilks 9, A’Niya Boone 8, Talor Crenshaw 6, Rachel Allen 4, Maggie Hale 4, Je’Leah Cole 4, Janaya Newsom 4, Nyamal Kueth 2.
Mount Juliet (21): Jakoria Woods 11, Taylor Haymans 3, Addie Kendall 3, Dymond Howard 2, Sabrina Bonds 2