By TODD LAMBERTH
After taking an unexpected week off due to snow, Gallatin and Portland were able to return to the court on Friday night.
It was a good night for the Green Wave as the girls picked up their first win in district play, while the boys continued their impressive run.
Lady Wave get revenge against Lady Panthers
It had been a disappointing run for the Lady Wave heading into Friday night, but the week off may have been just what they needed as they broke through with a 51-32 win over district 9-AAA foe Portland.
Gallatin (9-9, 1-6) battled to a 24-17 lead at the half as they held the Lady Panthers to just seven of 23 from the floor in the first half.
It was all Lady Wave in the second half as sophomore Ja’Neca Talley came alive with 15 second-half points. Gallatin was able to get it done on both ends of the court in the second half, holding Portland to just 15 points in the half, making just five shots from the field.
Talley led all scorers on the night with her 17 points in the win. Senior LaMonica Mintlow followed Talley with 13 points for Gallatin.
Portland (10-10, 1-6) was led on the offensive end by seniors Taylor Cole and Demaira Bell with eight points each.
Portland (32): Demaira Bell (8), Taylor Cole (8), Mac Craddock (7), Sami Parker (4), Emily Brown (4), Rachel Jennings (1)
Gallatin (51): Je’Neca Talley (17), LaMonica Mintlow (13), Makayla Wright (7), Jeremiah Montgomery (5), Andrea McDowell (4), Janaya Newsome (2)
Zueth leads the way for the Green Wave
It’s been a different story for the Gallatin boy’s basketball team this season, but their win over Portland had a similar score to the girls as they pulled out a 51-34 win.
After a defensive battle in the first quarter, Gallatin (18-3, 6-1) took control of the game in the second frame, pouring in 21 points, going 10-16 from the field, to give them a 33-22 lead going into halftime.
With a lead established, the Green Wave clamped down defensively to start the second half, holding the Panthers to two points on one of 12 from the field in the third quarter. The defensive effort gave Gallatin a commanding 42-24 lead heading into the final quarter as they would see it out for the 51-34 win.
After dropping a tight 38-35 game to Wilson Central two weeks ago, Gallatin has won three straight games in district 9-AAA play.
Senior Zool Kueth led all scorers with 15 points, including 11 points in the first half.
Portland (8-12, 0-7) was led on the offensive end by senior Austin Hicks with eight points, followed by sophomore Mitchell Eagle with seven points.
Portland (34): Austin Hicks (8), Mitchell Eagle (7), Darius Bell (6), Bryce Keith (5), Jakeb Hester (3), Peyton Martin (2), Grant Cook (2), Luke Jones (1)
Gallatin (51): Zool Kueth (15), Mason Zyun (11), Octavian Arnold (10), Collin Minor (6), Jaden Williams (4), Maison Terrell (3), Harrison Mingledorff (2)
Both teams have a quick turnaround due to the recent weather and will be back in action on Saturday night. Gallatin travels to take on Station Camp, while Portland heads to Lebanon. Both games are set to tip-off at 6:30.