The Montgomery Central Lady Indians captured their first win of the new season with a 48-32 victory over West Creek.
The Lady Indians jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead to start the game and never looked back.
Turnovers and free throw shooting were the thorns in West Creek’s side that kept them from making it a close game. As a team, WCHS committed 31 turnovers and shot just 8-for-28 from the charity stripe.
West Creek head coach Aaron Keener says he learned a lot about his team in his third game behind the drawing board for the maroon and silver.
“I learned how young they were as far as basketball knowledge and skill,” Keener said. “I also learned that they are willing to fight, they’re willing to work hard. We definitely have the opportunity to get better.”
The Lady Coyotes are about as young as you can get, as they only have one senior on the roster in Alexis Parkes.
With such a young roster, Keener knows that he has to start on the small things with his girls before the wins start coming.
“Just to see them out there trying to communicate and work together was a plus for me,” Keener said. “I think the rest of it will build on itself as you work on the little, individual skills. It is a curse to be so young, but it is a pretty good position to be in going forward.”
The win for Montgomery Central brings the team back to an even 1-1 on the season.
When comparing his team to last year’s squad that went 3-18 (2-13), head coach Patrick Bucciarelli believes his veteran leadership will help propel the team out of the bottom of the district.
“We have a little bit more experience this year,” Bucciarelli said. “We were on a closer level with West Creek the last couple of years and now what we are trying to do with our seniors that have experience is get to another level and compete with the next level of teams. We are trying to separate ourselves from the bottom two or three and try to get to the middle where we are hoping to get this year.”
While the team looks to improve through their veterans, there have been a few new faces who have stood out in the early portion of the season, most notably Addison Beech.
“We have a freshman who is really stepping up [Addison Beech],” Bucciarelli said. “She was our second leading scorer last game and she was probably our best defensive player tonight. That takes a little bit more pressure off of our seniors. Our seniors are a little more comfortable, they have been through this battle for a couple of years and they are stepping up now. I think our biggest positive is we finally got some experience and then we’ve also got some younger players who can play a little bit to help them.”
MCHS will travel to Clarksville High to take on the Wildcats who are coming off 58-49 loss to Northwest. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. next Tuesday.
For West Creek, the infamous losing streak continues as the Lady Coyotes have now dropped 50 straight games. Their last win, a 52-42 victory over Northwest on Feb. 7, 2017, was 1,387 days ago.
The team will return home to play Rossview onTuesday, Dec. 1
Montgomery Central (48): Sarah Rankhorn 10, Maddison Roby 10, Abbey South 8, Addison Beech 8, Keli Stump 8, Autumn Johnson 4.
West Creek (32): Malaya Wollard 12, Ariy Denson 11, Destiny Robinson 8, Ariana Johnson 1.