By TODD LAMBERTH
A pair of Gallatin foes faced off on Friday night as Gallatin and Station Camp split their games to finish the regular season.
The Lady Bison used a hot start and some good shooting to finish at .500 in district 9-AAA play with a 68-49 win over Gallatin.
Station Camp (13-13, 7-7) jumped out to an early 12-0 lead as the Lady Wave seemingly had a lid on their basket. Gallatin (10-15, 2-12) was able to get the offense going, but the Lady Bison would maintain their 12-point lead after the first quarter. The Lady Bison pushed their lead out to as many as 21 points on their way to a 37-23 lead at the half.
Gallatin was able to close the gap to nine in the second half, but that’s as close as they would get as the Lady Bison outscored them 12-3 down the stretch on their way to the 68-49 victory.
Sophomore Faith Eubank led the way for Station Camp with 23 points, followed closely by senior Jane Deason with 21.
Senior LaMonica Mintlow was the leading scorer for the Lady Wave as she also put in 21 points on the night.
The Lady Bison’s 7-7 record is good for fifth in the final district standings, while Gallatin finishes in seventh place.
Station Camp (68): Faith Eubank (23), Jane Deason (21), Bre Burns (13), Ty Holt (8), Carol Fitch (3)
Gallatin (49): LaMonica Mintlow (21), Jeremia Montgomery (12), Andrea McDowell (3), Jo’Neca Talley (3), Makayla Wright (3), Victoria Stewart (2), Aniya Boone (2), Talor Crenshaw (2), Veronica Varoz (1)
It was a back-and-forth affair in the boy’s game as the two sides swapped leads down the stretch, but the Green Wave were able to come away with a 54-48 win in the end.
Similar to the girl’s game, Station Camp (13-14, 5-9) jumped out to a 10-0 lead early on, but the Green Wave rallied last in the first period to close the gap to 14-10 as the quarter closed.
Gallatin (23-5, 11-3) continued their rally as they took their first lead two minutes into the second quarter at 15-14. The Green Wave went on to take a five-point lead into the half.
They would lead for much of the third quarter, but a Dane Diaz three gave the Bison a 34-32 lead going into the final frame.
The Green Wave would tie things back up early in the final quarter as junior Octavian Arnold knocked down a three to even things at 37. Senior Collin Minor would reclaim the lead for Gallatin a minute later with a three of his own.
Diaz gave the Bison the lead back at 43-42, but Zyun Mason answered right back with three ball to give Gallatin a lead they wouldn’t relinquish at 45-43 with three and a half minutes remaining.
Station Camp stayed in it, but a Zool Kueth free throw with 17 seconds left would put it within four as Gallatin went on to win 54-48.
Diaz and senior Jonathan Gillard, Jr. led the scoring for the Bison with 15 points apiece.
Arnold led the way for the Green Wave with 18 points, followed by Kueth with 13.
Gallatin finishes the regular season atop the district 9-AAA standing, while the Bison finish seventh.
Station Camp (48): Dane Diaz (15), Jonathan Gillard, Jr. (15), Eli Thurston (6), Kavon Blankenship (6), Matt Mathiowdis (5), Cam Gerlach (1)
Gallatin (54): Octavian Arnold (18), Zool Kueth (13), Zyun Mason (8), Parrish Cloud (6), Collin Minor (5), Larodre Clark (3), Harrison Mingledorf (1)
District 9-AAA begins district tournament play next Wednesday as the girls tournament starts at Hendersonville, while the boys will be playing at Lebanon.