Gallatin- Wilson Central’s 4-point halftime lead was ripped from its fingers by the Blue Devils of Lebanon in the District 9AAA tournament quaterfinals this past Friday night. The second seeded Blue Devils dashed past the Wildcats in the third quarter, quieting any talks of a comeback in Jerry Vradenburg Gymnasium. The Wildcats led in the first quarter 14-11 and raised the lead up to 7 points before settling at a 26-22 halftime score. Lebanon’s 16 unanswered points in the second half rocketed the Blue Devils past the Wildcats 22-4 during the third quarter, and Lebanon came out with the 63-48 win, sending them to the semifinals against Station Camp and punching their ticket to the Region 5AAA Tournament. Wilson Central ended their season following the loss, finishing with a 10-18 record.
Jeremiah Hastings led all scorers with 22 points, scoring 11 in the first half and tossing in eight during Lebanon’s 22-4 third quarter run. Malcolm Logue also helped fuel the comeback, knocking down 13 of his 15 points in the second half. University of Georgia Football Signee Zion Logue was a force in the paint, dropping nine points and grabbing rebounds left and right. Polo Phillips drained a pair of threes in his 8-point night, and Ethan Njezic, Kobe Tibbs, and David Greene combined for 9 points.
Tyler Hayes sparked Wilson Central’s early lead with 10 of his 18 points coming in the first quarter, including both of his successful shots from the perimeter. Daniel Jackson knocked down all 11 of his points after halftime, and Adler Kerr and Caleb Lawrence combined for 15 points. Josh Gibson hit a three, and Jordan Beard rounded out Wilson Central scoring with a free throw.
The Wildcats leave the 2018-19 season 10-18, and they look on to next season where they will lose seniors Daniel Jackson, Tyler Hayes, Azel Eddings, and Josh Gibson.