ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2018) What a difference a year makes.
Last night, Cheatham County Central beat Montgomery Central for their fourth District 12AA win of the year and edged into a second-place tie with Fairview.
The Lady Cubs (4-2 in district, 11-5 overall) face the Lady Yellowjackets on the road tomorrow night (Thursday, September 13) in a match that will break the tie.
This season has seen vast improvement in Cheatham who last year was 2-8 in district and 4-12 overall, and second year head coach Aaron Nicholson said there are multiple reasons for the turnaround.
“Our girls have a strong work ethic,” Nicholson said. “Starting this year, they knew that we could be better than last year, and they worked to be better. They were dedicated to disciplined off-season workouts, and that has translated into better performance on the court. They bought into the idea that we could win every game if we play our best, that we are a really good team and can beat anyone on any given night.”
Tuesday night’s game—which Cheatham won 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-16)–was an example of how that has worked to the Lady Cubs favor this year. Senior leaders were the statistical leaders. Jolie Gauvain had 14 assists, Abbi Douglas had 12 kills, and Lily Mahaney had five blocks.
“We really only have one new player (Grace Johnson, transfer from Pleasant View Christian). Our big changes have come from moving players to different positions, changing our starting setters, and moved others to the back row for better passing.
Four of Cheatham’s remaining six games are against district opponents, so there’s time for even more improvement.
ALL PHOTOS BY NEIL BROWN