5 takeaway: Gallatin boys 55, Hendersonville 27

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Buy Photo Gallatin High School player Zool Kueth during a game against Hendersonville High School at Hendersonville on Thursday, Jan. 11.  Matthew Diggs / For The TennesseanBuy Photo Hendersonville High School player Noah Owens drives to the basket during a game against Gallatin High School at Hendersonville on Thursday, Jan. 11.  Matthew Diggs / For The TennesseanBuy Photo Gallatin High School player Zyun Mason puts up a shot during a game against Hendersonville High School at Hendersonville on Thursday, Jan. 11.  Matthew Diggs / For The TennesseanBuy Photo Hendersonville High School player Noah Owens drives to the basket during a game against Gallatin High School at Hendersonville on Thursday, Jan. 11.  Matthew Diggs / For The TennesseanBuy Photo Gallatin High School coach Bobby Luna during a game against Hendersonville High School at Hendersonville on Thursday, Jan. 11.  Matthew Diggs / For The TennesseanBuy Photo Hendersonville High School player Noah Owens looks to get past the 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HENDERSONVILLE — The Gallatin boys basketball team flexed its inside muscle Thursday night, going to Hendersonville and doubling up the Commandos, 55-27.

Here are five takeaways from the game.

Points in the paint

Zool Kueth and Zyun Mason had 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Green Wave. Gallatin, which has a lot of outside shooters, used its size advantage inside.

“We had a size advantage at a couple of positions, so we wanted to do that and not live on the perimeter,” Gallatin coach Bobby Luna said. “Basketball‘s still won and lost in the paint. I thought we did a good defensively there. We bodied up well and didn‘t put them on the free-throw line too much.”

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Hendersonville High School player Noah Taylor gets rejected by Gallatin High School player Harrison Mingledorff at Hendersonville on Thursday, Jan. 11. (Photo: Matthew Diggs / For The Tennessean)

Stopping the shooters

Hendersonville had won three straight going into the game and averaged 62 points in the streak, but the Wave defense clamped down and held the Commandos to a season-low point total.

The Commandos had five 3-pointers.

“They‘ve got good shooters and we talked about being disciplined and not over-rotating if the ball was driven,” Luna said, “and staying home with the perimeter shooters because they can score a lot of points from the perimeter.”

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Gallatin High School player Zyun Mason puts up a shot during a game against Hendersonville High School at Hendersonville on Thursday, Jan. 11. (Photo: Matthew Diggs / For The Tennessean)

Relentless

Another way to sum up Gallatin‘s stellar defensive play: no Hendersonville player scored more than six points. The Commandos had only two third-quarter points as Gallatin‘s halftime lead swelled from 38-16 to 52-18.

“We talked to our guys about trying to get inside,” Hendersonville coach Clancy Hall said, “and you have to give Gallatin a lot of credit in terms of ability. They play great team defense and they pressure shooters on the outside because they‘ve got people on the inside who can alter shots or block shots.”

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Hendersonville High School player Cooper Smith drives to the basket during a game against Gallatin High School at Hendersonville on Thursday, Jan. 11. (Photo: Matthew Diggs / For The Tennessean)

A brief run

Hendersonville had a brief glimmer of hope early in the first half when the Commandos hit two straight 3-pointers, cutting their deficit to 21-14. But Gallatin closed the half with a 17-2 run.

“You have to give credit to them for making the plays,” Hall said, “but we have to look internally and eliminate our mistakes. They had two and-1s and two layups, so that‘s a 10-point run after we said, ‘Hey, maybe we‘re in this a little bit.‘”

The district race

The victory gave Gallatin (17-3, 5-1) the outright lead in District 9-AAA. The Green Wave have bounced back strong after their only district loss with wins over Lebanon and Hendersonville.

The Commandos (9-6 overall) are tied with Lebanon and Mt. Juliet at 4-2 in the district.

 

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