Four local teams took the court at Charlie Dalton Gym on Monday night as the seventh annual Warren Lodge Masonic tournament began.
The seventh- and eighth-grade Eastside boys basketball team were the only team to win as the Bulldogs beat the Covenant Lions 44-28.
The Covenant Lady Lions didn’t have much success either as the team lost 38-8 to Swiss Middle School from Grundy County.
Playing in the final game of the night, the Warren County Middle School junior varsity team was beaten 46-32 by Coalmont Middle School.
Eastside, coming off a championship in the preseason Morrison Ruritan tournament before Christmas, looked a little rusty when taking on the Lions Monday night.
The Bulldogs trailed the entire first half as Devin Terry and Taylor Madewell powered the Lion attack.
Terry came out in the first quarter and scored seven points as the Lion guard was too quick for the Bulldogs.
Madewell added three buckets of his own as the Lions led 13-10 after the first quarter.
The offense slowed down in the second quarter as each team started to find their footing on the defensive end.
Baskets by Dakota Nunley, Raliegh Woods and Jesse Jones gave Eastside a chance to take a lead into halftime, but a runner by Anthony Palmer gave Covenant an 18-16 advantage going into the locker rooms.
In the third quarter, the size of Eastside became too much to overcome for the Lions.
Post Hunter Hawkins took over on the offensive end while Tyler Beaty dominated on defense.
Hawkins scored six points in a 9-0 run to begin the second half. Hawkins was unstoppable on the block as he was able to do whatever he wanted on the block. Hawkins even showed good touch as the big post banked in a midrange jumper during the Eastside spurt.
Bulldog guard Cito Garcia added a 3-pointer as the Bulldogs built a 25-18 cushion.
Helping the Bulldogs take a big advantage was Beaty’s defense. Beaty was a human eraser on the backline of the Bulldog defense as the seventh-grade post blocked five shots in the third quarter alone.
Beaty was vicious going up to stop the Lions shots as he sent two balls flying into the wall behind the basket. By the time the third quarter came to a close, Eastside led the Lions 33-23.
Four points from Mitchell Stembridge in the fourth quarter and three free throws by Hawkins was enough to keep Eastside in the lead for good.
The Bulldogs held on to win by 16 and advance to the semifinals of the Masonic tournament, where the team faced North Grundy Middle School. The game was played last night and scored were unavailable at press time.
Hawkins led Eastside with nine points, followed by Garcia with seven. Stembridge and Nunley scored six points apiece. Beaty, Woods and Alex Yates added four points each. Jones and Kade Burnett chipped in two points apiece.
Terry led all scorers with 12 points for Covenant. Madewell added nine points, followed by Palmer with four. Rounding out the scoring was Nick Simmons with two and London Spivey with one.
The Lady Lions could never figure out how to stop Swiss or score consistently on Monday night.
Covenant fell behind 22-2 at halftime and ended up losing by 30. Megan Patch scored the team’s only first-half basket and ended up leading the team with four points. Hannah Griffin and Kelsey Gross each hit jumpers in the fourth quarter for their only points.
In the final game Monday, the WCMS Pioneers couldn’t figure out how to stop the snowbirds from Coalmont.
Every time it looked liked the Pioneers had a chance to seize momentum, Coalmont would get an uncontested layup off a missed shot by Warren County.
The Pioneers, who entered the game 6-1 this season playing in the Central Tennessee Conference, lost by 14 as the team played without its two top guards, seventh graders A.D. Majors and Isaac Golden.
Logan Wilson picked up the scoring slack, leading the team with seven points. Brendan Breedlove added six points, followed by Harrison Wood and J.D. Keele with five points each.
Wesley Jennings hit a 3-pointer for his only points and K’rojhn Calbert, Tyree Ladet and Kyle Fowler chipped in two points each.
The finals of the Masonic tournament will be played tomorrow night at Charlie Dalton Gym. The girls will play at 6:30 p.m. and the boys will follow at 7:45 p.m. Consolation games begin at 4 p.m.