Lawrence County Advocate

Wildcats Take Regular Season District Crown

Blake Long scored a total of 28 points in Lawrence County’s two final regular season games last week.
Scott Stewart / Lawrence County Advocate

The Lawrence County boys basketball team finished atop the final standings for the District 8-3A, dropping their last game of the regular season but winning their final district home game of the year.

Lawrence County’s win at home over Marshall County and loss on the road to Murfreesboro Central Magnet ended their regular season with a 21-5 overall record and 8-2 in the district.

The Wildcats earned the top seed in the district tournament that started this week. They are scheduled to play their first tournament game in the semifinals Friday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 vs. Franklin County or Tullahoma at Marshall County. Lawrence County will also play in one of the final round games Tuesday, Feb. 20, also at Marshall County.

Lawrence Co. 60
Marshall Co. 45

The Wildcats avenged an earlier loss at Marshall County with a 60-45 home win to split the season series Tuesday.

Lawrence County had already clinched the regular season district crown along with the accompanying top seed in the postseason tournament.

Colton Tucker scored 11 as one of five Wildcats who scored in double digits in their win last week over Marshall County.
Scott Stewart / Lawrence County Advocate

The Wildcats pulled out to a 16-8 lead after one quarter and held the Tigers at arm’s length with a well-rounded scoring effort. Five Lawrence County players finished in double figures, and the Wildcats shot 18-of-26 from 2-point range. 

Logan Boswell scored a team-high 13 points for Lawrence County. Alex Bedford, Blake Long and Colton Tucker scored 11 points each. T.J. Gobble added 10. Braden Fields and Drayke Osborn scored two points apiece. 

Marshall County’s Jabrae Howard scored a game-high 20 points. Jamahl Gentry added 14.

Marshall County:   45
Lawrence County: 60
MC: 8  25 34 45
LC: 16 29 43 60
Marshall County (45): Jabrae Howard – 20, Jamahl Gentry – 14, A.J. Jones – 8, Marcus O’Neal – 3
Lawrence County (60): Logan Boswell – 13, Alex Bedford – 11, Blake Long – 11, Colton Tucker – 11, T.J. Gobble – 10, Braden Fields – 2, Drayke Osborn – 2
Marshall County (4): Jamahl Gentry- 2, Jabrae Howard – 1, Marcus O’Neal – 1
Lawrence County (5): Alex Bedford – 2, Logan Boswell – 2, Blake Long – 1

Central Magnet 55
Lawrence Co. 43

Central Magnet outscored Lawrence County’s boys by 13 in the middle periods to grab a huge district win and force a four-way tie for second in the final district standings.

Playing at Central Magnet the teams played the first period basically even with the Wildcats taking the 11-10 advantage. Blake Long’s 6 points led the LCHS effort.

The Wildcat offense went stone cold in the second as they hit just 1-of-13 shots from the field a 3-pointer from Alex Bedford that was their only points of the quarter.

Central Magnet began to loosen up offensively netting 13 points in the period behind a combined 8 points from Jake Maddox and Mason Brown. 

Central Magnet led 23-14 at the half.

The Wildcats bounced back with a 20-point effort in the third, but allowed 18 for their opponents. TJ Gobble, Wes Brewer and Blake Long scored 10 of Lawrence County’s third period points as they cut the lead to 41-34 going into the fourth.

Central Magnet neve r slowed down on offense, netting 14 final frame points and holding LCHS to just 9, with Long putting seven.

Long’s 17 was the high score for Lawrence County and Alex Bedford added 10. Colton Tucker and Gobble each put up 6 and Brewer had 10.

Owen Zubkus lead all scorers with 19 points.