One might look at the score—51-28 of the Wilson Central and Gallatin girls game in the opening round of the District 9AAA tournament and think #1 seeded and regular season Champion Wilson Central had an easy game with the Lady Wave. Well, they did but in a 1st round tournament game that the loser goes home for the season or the saying anybody can beat anybody on any given night, (just ask Michigan State about MTSU last year), Gallatin played with reckless abandonment. The Lady Wildcats shot poorly from the field hitting only 19-53 shots for 35% and connecting on just 4 of 25 three point attempts.
The Lady Wave could not capitalize on the low shooting percentages by Wilson Central as Gallatin shot only 33% on 11-33 attempts hitting 3 of 11 from the 3 point arc. The Lady Wildcats outscored The Lady Wave 13-2 in the 1st quarter and everyone connected to the Wildcat Nation assumed game over let’s play Saturday in the semi-finals. But Gallatin had other ideas headed to the locker room trailing just 20-8 and knowing that the hot shooters of Byrd and Elrod were a bit sluggish. As always, at least up to this point, the Lady Wildcats came out of the locker room with a determination to keep Gallatin at bay. Wilson Central still struggled with the “3-ball” but managed to score 12 points and defensively hold the Lady Wave to just 8 giving Wilson Central a commanding 32-16 lead headed to the 4th and final quarter. Freshmen Lindsay Freeman took up the scoring slack tacking on her career high of 24 points being the recipient of passes from Elrod, Byrd, and Nathalie Ventura to help propel the Lady Wildcats to their 27th win of the year and more importantly to advance to play in the District Semi-finals Saturday. The Lady Wildcats will now wait for the winner of the Lebanon High and Beech High School game scheduled to be played at 8:00pm on Thursday Feb 16. That game will follow the 6:30pm game between Hendersonville and Mt. Juliet.