HENDERSONVILLE - Three Lady Wave players scored in double figures Tuesday night, as Gallatin secured its 15th win of the season with a 49-42 win over rival Hendersonville.
Gallatin improves to 4-9 in District 9-AAA, solidifying sixth place in the upcoming district tournament.
Janaya Newsome led Gallatin with a game-high 16 points, while Jo’Neca Talley (15) and Jeremia Montgomery (14) led the Green Wave to victory.
Leading 16-15 in the second quarter, Gallatin jumped out to as much as a 16-point lead in the second half, thanks in large part to the play of its bench and a strong defensive performance.
“We had a lot of different girls step up and play different roles that they are not used to,” Gallatin coach Jerry Landers said. “Both offensively and defensively, I thought they played well. I’m very proud of our bench for giving us positive minutes tonight, especially after Makayla went out in the second quarter.”
Lone GHS senior Makayla Wright suffered a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return, but Landers is optimistic that she will be back on the court soon.
Leading 37-21 at the end of the third quarter, Hendersonville caught fire from long-range, knocking in five 3-pointers -- including four from Baker, who finished with a team-high 15 points.
“I was proud of our girls for keeping the fight and I just feel like we ran out of time there at the end,” Hendersonville coach John Filson said. “We have a tendency to go too long without scoring and that puts us behind the eight ball a lot and that was the case tonight.”
Hendersonville closed the gap to seven points in the final frame, but there simply wasn’t enough time left on the clock for the Lady Commandos to make a run late in the game.
Both teams will be on the road Friday to close out the regular season, as Gallatin travels to Station Camp and Hendersonville to Beech.
“We will keep focusing on the little things and spending a lot of time on rebounding,” Landers said. “They have two really good post players and if we allow them to rebound at will it will be a long game for us.”
Hendersonville will take on the 12-1 Beech Lady Bucs in their final game.
“They do such a great job of making you disoriented,” Filson added. “The goal is to get them in the half court but they are so good at what they do they make it extremely tough on you.”
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Gallatin (49): Janaya Newsome 16, Jo’Neca Talley 15, Jeremia Montgomery 14, Kayla Carman 2, Makayla Wright 2
Hendersonville (42): Ellen Tate Baker 15, Janaeya Mays 7, Brette Taylor 6, Grace Gregory 5, Cookie Morgan 3, Presley Bolton 2, Alex Marshalek 2, Jordan Phillips 2