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Bender scores 20, Wildcats move to 3-0 in 10-AAA


By Riley Grubbs

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Despite battling an illness, Clarksville High’s Devin Bender led the way as the Wildcats beat Montgomery Central 54-37 Friday.

Bender finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, with 11 of his points coming in the first quarter.

Montgomery Central led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter and the game appeared to be heading toward a shootout.

That did not happen. Clarksville High held Montgomery Central scoreless in the second quarter.

“The game in the first quarter was really tight and we were allowing Montgomery Central to do what they do best.” Wildcats coach Ted Young said. “We didn’t know it at the time, but at halftime an assistant comes in and tells the team they didn’t score that second quarter. I think that was a huge lift for us.”

Clarksville High moved to 4-3 overall and 3-0 in 10-AAA. The Wildcats have won four of their last five. Montgomery Central is 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the district.

“I thought we started out a little slow, because we kept them in the game.” Bender said. “That second quarter was huge for us and our conditioning allowed us to pull away in the second half.”

Clarksville High used a suffocating defense to take the lead from the Indians on an 8-0 run to lead 23-16 at half.

The third quarter was much of the same as the Wildcats allowed only six points, which came from two 3-pointers.

The Indians trailed 33-22 entering the fourth and a 16-point run from the Wildcats helped seal the game in the fourth.

A 27-point lead eventually faded, as Isaac Rankhorn got hot from behind the line. He finished with seven 3-pointers, however, it was not enough to diminish the Wildcats’ large lead.

Riley Grubbs is an intern with Comments and questions can be directed to

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