Gallatin–When a team only shoots 29% from the floor on 16 of 54 shots that team has a great chance of losing. However, when their opponent was 14 of 43 that narrative changes. That’s what happened on Thursday night in the District 9AAA girls basketball game between Wilson Central and Station Camp. The Lady Bison had defeated the Lady Wildcats twice previously in the regular season match-ups 45-39 and 47-39 so most believed it would be another nail biter and if you were not there you missed an exciting ending to a game that meant “lose and your season is over.”
Both teams played timidly as the score indicated after the first and second quarters. Wilson Central stormed out in front early only to see Station Camp cut into the lead making it 12-9 after the 1st quarter. Neither team could find the basket consistently throughout the 2nd quarter making the halftime score 14-14. In the third quarter, both teams matched baskets until Station Camp took a small lead 22-19 going into the 4th. Wilson Central’s Sophomore Sydnee Richetto struggled to find the basket throughout the contest until 5 minutes left in the game. Wilson Central grabbed the lead 29-27 only to see Station Camp retake the lead seconds later. With less than 2 minutes remaining Station Camp drove to the basket for a possible 5 point lead that might have propelled them to the win but the biggest defensive stand of the night was made by Senior Dottie McSpadden. Station Camp’s Post player Faith Eubank drove the lane only to have McSpadden stand her ground and draw the offensive foul call. After that play the magic really started to show. Offensively, Richetto who is averaging 20 points a game was held to 13 points in the first 3 quarters. Earning the new nickname “ICE” Richetto took over and scored her remaining 14 points the rest of the game. No bigger shot made this season by Wilson Central was a shot made by Richetto with 12 seconds left in regulation. Trailing 34-31 and the clock ticking, Senior Aubrey Starnes found Richetto on the left wing. “ICE” dribbled through and around 2 defenders to launch a 24 foot shot over 2 defenders making the only 3 point shot of the night for Wilson Central and sending the game into overtime 34-34. Wilson Central’s post tandem of Sydney Dalton and Nicole Brill each controlled the boards taking 12 rebounds together and more importantly each scoring a basket in overtime to help propel Wilson Central into the Region 5 AAA tournament next week, their 16th trip in 19 years.
But first its District 9AAA semi-final action on Saturday night. Mt. Juliet will play Lebanon at 4:00 with the Lady Wildcats playing the District Regular Season Champion Beech at 7:00pm.
Congratulations Lady Wildcats !!!!!