You might hear the words “high expectations” thrown around a little when the conversation turns to the Cheatham County Lady Cubs in 2018-19.
Last season the Lady Cubs accomplished most of their goals and picked up some hardware along the way. In 2017-18, they:
• Ended their regular season 12-0, the number one seed in the District 9-AA tournament.
• Won the tournament and advanced to the Region 5-AA tournament at the top seed.
• Won the region and advanced to the substate.
• Won the substate and advanced to the state tournament.
That’s where the winning ended, unfortunately, as the Lady Cubs fell to Macon County in the first round at MTSU, 75-55. Macon County made it to the championship game, and lost by one point to Upperman. (It was the fifth time they had lost to Upperman during the season and post-season.)
Cheatham County finished 28-2, with their only other loss coming during the regular season in a non-district game to Summertown, who lost in the Class A championship game to Greenfield.
The Lady Cubs lost one player from last year’s state tournament team, and head coach Jim Gibbs will rotate five seniors and three juniors most of the year. Among the returning starters:
• Emmy Nelson, All State team, District MVP, almost 1100 career points scored, averaged 15.3 points per game, and 7.7 rebounds per game.
• Abbi Douglas, All District, District Tournament MVP, almost 1300 career points scored, averaged 15.4 PPG, and 3.1 rebounds per game.
• Alli Douglas, Region Tournament MVP, 7.2 PPG and 5.7 RPG.
Look for the Lady Cubs to return to the state tournament in 2019.