WATERTOWN—A Central Magnet 10-0 run in the second period proved to be the key as Donelson Christian fell 38-30 on Dec. 20 in the final round of the AFLAC Watertown Christmas Tournament.
"We knew going into the tournament that it would be a significant challenge,” said Donelson Christian head coach Karen Singer. “Every team had a winning record entering this tournament."
The two teams kept the game close to start as Central Magnet had a 10-9 advantage at the end of the first and before the Lady Wildcats were blanked in the second.
Donelson Christian (5-7) came back on a 13-12 run in the third to cut the lead to 32-22, and outscored Central Magnet 12-6 in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
"Our defense and effort level in the first half was not at the level it should have been,” Singer said. “In the second half, however, we played as well as we have at any point in the first half of the season.
"Anna Shrum was outstanding in the second half and provided great energy, effort and leadership. I'm looking forward to moving into January and building on the way we ended 2019."
Shrum led the Lady Wildcats in the second half with nine of her 11 total points. Singer said she also created a number of plays throughout the game and added five assists. Brynnan Smith also finished with 11 points for Donelson Christian.
Donelson Christian will return home Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. to face Clarksville Academy.
Central Magnet (38): Addison Melton 19, Geny Bineza 8, Olivia Hart 3, Anaiyah Smith 3, Carly Phillips 3 and Noella Obi 2.
Donelson Christian (30): Brynnan Smith 11, Anna Shrum 11, Jaylee Lopez 4, Adrionna Dawson 2 and Sam Zapton 2.
Moore County 46, Donelson Christian 42
Turnovers down the stretch were the difference in Donelson Christian’s 46-42 loss to Moore County on Dec. 19 in the second round of the AFLAC Watertown Christmas Tournament.
The two teams were deadlocked at the end of the first period, 10-10, and 26-26 at the half. Moore County took a 35-31 advantage going into the fourth, but Donelson Christian tied it at 42-42 with three minutes left in the game. Moore County managed to capitalize on Lady Wildcats’ turnovers to pick up the four-point win.
"Offensively, we were back on track,” said Donelson Christian head coach Karen Singer. “Sara McGlasson had another strong game and led us in scoring. Sam Zapton gave us a great spark in the first half and had one of her best offensive games of the year. I was really proud of her play throughout the game. Bailey Smith also shot it very well in the second half. It was unfortunate that a few critical turnovers were the difference in the fourth quarter."
McGlasson led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 13 points, followed by Zapton and Smith with eight apiece.
Moore County (46): Olivia Richards 14, Erica Clifton 7, Maecy Fletcher 6, Regan Corder 6, Carolyna Driver 5, Chloe Brazier 4, Hayley Horton 2 and Charlotte Ray 2.
Donelson Christian (42): Sara McGlasson 13, Sam Zapton 8, Bailey Smith 8, Jaylee Lopez 6, Adrionna Dawson 3, Anna Shrum 3 and Brynnan Smith 1.
Westmoreland 42, Donelson Christian 16
Westmoreland dominated Donelson Christian with a 42-16 opening-round win over the Lady Wildcats on Dec. 18 in the AFLAC Watertown Christmas Tournament.
Westmoreland jumped out to a 12-1 lead in the first and extended its lead to 22-8 at the half. The Lady Eagles went on a 13-3 run in the third to extend their lead to 35-11. Donelson Christian outscored Westmoreland 9-8 in the fourth, but the damage was already done.
“We knew this would be a tough matchup,” said Donelson Christian head coach Karen Singer. “Westmoreland is one of the top two teams in the state in Division IAA and is undefeated. They play outstanding defense, and it was a good learning experience for our team. I was pleased with Sara McGlasson's performance offensively. She was aggressive and made a number of strong plays going to the basket.”
McGlasson finished the game with nine points for the Lady Wildcats.
Westmoreland (42): Alana Eakle 13, Ansley Morris 11, Mallory Cassetty 5, Jordan Bandy 3, Leah Kendall 3, Rheagan Hodge 3, Aleah Knotts 2, Emma Wright 1 and Paige Akins 1.
Donelson Christian (16): Sara McGlasson 9, Jaylee Lopez 4 and Adrionna Dawson 3.