By TODD LAMBERTH
On a night when the state champion Portland volleyball team received their rings, it was Station Camp that came away with wins on Tuesday night.
Station Camp swept the Panthers in their two basketball games in district 9-AAA play
Station Camp head coach Miranda Cravens was making her first return to Portland since leaving the Lady Panthers for Station Camp last year. The Lady Bison were able to stifle Portland on their way to a 64-41 win.
The two sides played it even in the first period with the score tied at 8-8, with the Lady Bison being guided by senior Jane Deason who had six points in the period.
As the Lady Panthers began to lock-in on Deason, it allowed the rest of the Station Camp offense to get going as they opened the second frame on an 8-0 run.
Two three-pointers from Rachel Jennings was all the Lady Panthers could muster in the second period as they went two of eight from the floor and Station Camp built a 28-16 lead going into the half.
Station Camp (11-10, 5-4) saw their lead grow to 17 in the third period and held a 42-25 lead going into the final frame. The Lady Panthers saw their highest scoring total in fourth period with 16 points, but it was also the highest scoring period for Station Camp as they were able to seal things for the 64-41 victory.
Sophomore Faith Eubank led the scoring effort for Station Camp with 17, with 11 of those coming in the fourth period. Deason followed Eubank with 16 points of her own on six of 10 shooting.
Portland (10-12, 1-8) was led by Jennings, who led all scorers with 20 points on the night, going four of six from three.
Station Camp (64): Faith Eubank (17), Jane Deason (16), Bre Burns (10), Carol Fitch (10), Ty Holt (9), Sidney Holt (2)
Portland (41): Rachel Jennings (20), Demaira Bell (7), Haley Dickens (4), Taylor Cole (4), Emily Brown (4), Sami Parker (2)
While Station Camp led for the majority of the game, it came down to the last seconds as they held on for a 44-43 victory.
After the two teams traded baskets to begin the game, the Bison (12-10, 4-5) were able to go on an 8-2 run to establish a six-point lead to go into the second quarter. That lead would grow to as many as nine, but Station Camp would settle for an eight-point lead as they went into halftime up 21-13.
Portland (8-14, 0-9) saw an uptick in offense in the third period, as they were able to close the gap to five behind seven points from senior Peyton Martin.
The Panthers continued to battle back into the final frame, as they were able to get with two early on in the period. The Bison bounced back behind two three-pointers and extended their lead back to eight points.
Portland turned their defensive pressure up and were able to close the gap back down to two before sophomore Mitchell Eagle grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it back in to tie things at 43 with just 30 seconds remaining.
With less than 10 seconds remaining, Bison senior Justin McMurry drove into the lane and missed on a shot, but would be fouled on the ensuing rebound. McMurry would hit one of his two free throws to reclaim the lead for Station Camp with just two and a half seconds left. The Panthers would have one final attempt on the offensive end, but it proved unsuccessful as the Bison held on for the 44-43 win.
It was a team effort on the offensive end for both teams, with each side having eight players get in on the scoring. Senior Jonathan Gillard, Jr. led the way for the Bison with 12, while Martin led the Panthers with 12 of his own.
Station Camp (44): Jonathan Gillard, Jr. (12), Eli Thurston (10), Matt Mithiowdis (6), Justin McMurry (5), Dane Diaz (5), Alex Vaughn (2), Kavon Blankenship (2), Max Barnett (2)
Portland (43): Peyton Stewart (12), Austin Hicks (7), Mitchell Eagle (6), Bryce Keith (6), Luke Jones (5), Dawson Simmons (3), Darious Bell (2), Grant Cook (2)
Both schools are back in action on Friday night as Portland hosts Mt. Juliet and Station Camp returns home to host Hendersonville.
The 2017 Portland Lady Panthers Volleyball team received their TSSAA State Championship rings.