The Monterey Lady Wildcats and Wildcats swept their District 5/AA home matchups against Bledsoe County on Thursday night.
The Lady Wildcats earned their first district win under head coach Michelle Farley-Carson with a 59-43 victory over the Lady Warriors.
“We finally played more as a team,” said Farley-Carson. “We were more confident in passing the ball and making sure we had good shot opportunities.”
The Lady Wildcats (5-14, 1-1), jumped out to a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter with the help of two threes by Lindsey Wright.
MHS continued their strong play in the second quarter, as they took a 30-12 lead into halftime.
“It’s good to be able to play each of these quarters and keep the lead,” said Farley-Carson on the fast start.
The Lady Wildcats cruised through the second half to secure their first district win in over a year.
Wright led the way with 24 points. Abbie Sasser added eight. Adaline Clouse tallied six with Zoey Gore and Sally Marcum each scoring five.
The Lady Wildcats will return to action Friday when they host Red Boiling Springs. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Wildcats also earned their first district win with a 78-57 win over the Warriors.
“They played hard, passed the ball and made shots,” said MHS head coach Lynus Martin. “When you make shots everything looks better.”
Senior Silas Randolph, who received his award ball for scoring over 1,000 points before the game, opened the game with 10 points in the first quarter as the Wildcats raced out to 23-10 lead.
“He’s a great kid,” said Marin on Randolph. “He’s a great teammate, a great leader. He buys in. He makes everyone better.”
The Warriors battled back in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to two before Brandon Dillon propelled the Wildcats on a run to regain a 41-29 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats then dominated the third quarter as they cruised to the dominant district win.
“We just needed to win,” said Martin.
Randolph tallied 21 points in the contest. Weston Clough scored 14 while Dillon and Collin Fowler each added 11.
The Wildcats (8-13, 1-2) will return to action on Friday when they host Red Boiling Springs. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Photos by Noah McKay