Hendersonville opened the night against rival Beech with a splash as they defeated their cross-city rival for the first time since the 2017-18 season.
Led by three players in double figures, Hendersonville never blinked as their wire-to-wire victory improved the team to 11-7 overall and 2-0 in league play.
“At the end of the day it’s just one game and we need to move forward,” Hendersonville head coach Kelli Reed said of the victory.
The Lady Commandos will play at Gallatin (17-2) Friday night in what could be the first of three meetings between the two schools this season.
Abbie Fuqua paced the team with 18 points while Lindsey Alridge added 16 points and Jeryn Jarrett scored 15.
Most of Reed’s starters sat the entire fourth quarter following a 23 point explosion after halftime that catapulted the Lady Commandos to a commanding 49-21 victory.
On the boy’s side, Ty Lannom’s free throw with .7 seconds remaining proved to be the difference for Clancy Hall’s crew as they improved to 13-5, 2-0 on the season.
“Our guys did a great job of not letting our offensive flow dictate how they played defense and how hard they played,” Hall said of the win.
Neither team scored the ball well Friday night, but a 16-7 advantage out of the locker room proved to be the difference as Kolbe scored a quarter high 11 points.
Girls Box Score:
Hendersonville (54): Abbie Fuqua 18, Lindsey Alridge 16, Jeryn Jarrett 15, Arena Rice 3, Kendall Meadows 2
Beech (28): Riley Long 12, Bailey Ford 5, Macey Blake 4, Savannah Walmer 2, Kaitlyn Graham 1
Boys Box Score:
Hendersonville (29): TJ Kolbe 15, Carter Brisson 4, Ty Lannom 3, Pate Pfaffman 3, Hudson Gill 2, Cooper DeGraaf 2
Beech (28): JP Courtney 9, Caleb Cothron 9, Odell Bradley 8, Robert Correia 2