Cheatham hosted Montgomery Central on Friday night and both the Cubs and Lady Cubs were not very gracious hosts as the home teams exploded offensively. Cheatham’s Lady Cubs defeated Montgomery Central 79-34 and Cheatham also took the boys game by a score of 80-57.

12 different Lady Cubs scored in the girls’ game as Harper Dee and Macie Harter led the way with 14 points each.

Katelyn Sisco and Ellie Pardue both scored 13 points each while Montgomery Central was led by Keli Madden who scored 13 points as she was the only Lady Indian in double digits.

It didn’t take long for Cheatham to take control in the girls’ game.

After a layup as time expired at the end of the first quarter by Harter, the Lady Cubs led 24-7. At half, the score was 38-14.

Right before the half, though, Harper Dee took an elbow to the face and was taken to the locker room.

There was blood on the court and Dee looked to be shaken up but she made her way back out after the half and started the third quarter for Cheatham.

Dee would go on to score the first 11 points of the quarter for either team including 3 three-pointers.

After leading 66-30 at the end of the third, Cheatham would go on to get the 79-35 win.

“We got pretty hot offensively,” Cheatham coach Jim Gibbs said. “Harper got bandaged up and after she got back in there, she found a rhythm and Katelyn Sisco picked up after her. It was a balanced scoring night. It’s good for us to see because we’ve had some times this year where we struggled to score.”

Coach Gibbs was also very happy to see some of his younger girls get some playing time.

“Those girls work hard in practice and they should get an opportunity to play as well,” Gibbs stated. “It’s exciting to get to see those girls play and obviously the bench gets excited as well watching those girls score.”

The excitement from the girls’ game spilled over into the boys’ game as the Cubs, who coach Aaron Nicholson said were “inconsistent at times” scored a season-high 80 points.

Previously, Cheatham’s season-high was 70 points earlier in the week against Jo Byrns, so things may be heading in the right direction for this young Cheatham squad.

Tucker Carter and Maverick Lee led the way offensively as Carter finished with 30 points and Lee finished with 23. Liam Hayes also found his way into double digits with 10 points.

Drew Yarbrough led Montgomery Central with 16 points as DT Faulk scored 12 as well for the Indians.

Cheatham held a short 17-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and then at half still led seven with a score of 34-27. By the end of the third quarter, Cheatham had started to grow its lead to 56-41 and the offensive onslaught continued in the fourth quarter to finish with an 80-57 win.

“We’ve struggled to score this year and I think we’re starting to click, starting to play better on offense as a whole,” Cubs coach Aaron Nicholson said. “If we do that, points come easy. Early in the game, I saw the same inconsistencies but in the second half we started to pick it up and started clicking and that’s all we needed to do. I told our team that’s learning; that’s growth.”

BOX SCORES

Girls

Cheatham (79): Harper Dee 14, Macie Harter 14, Ellie Pardue 13, Katelyn Sisco 13, Montana Lee 8, Ansley Pfeffer 4, Georgia Hunter 3, Ellie Mayo 3, Milli Heath 2, Sydnee Mitchell 2, Torrin Pfeffer 2, Lexus Cook 1

Montgomery Central (35): Keli Madden 13, Sarah Rankhorn 9, Zakiya Ligon 5, Sydney Batson 4, Addison Beech 3

Boys

Cheatham (80): Tucker Carter 30, Maverick Lee 23, Liam Hayes 10, Syler White 9, Grayson Cox 5, Treyvon White 2, Noah Gatlin 1

Montgomery Central (57): Drew Yarbrough 16, DT Faulk 12, Marquice Crutcher 8, Wyatt Stevens 8, Savion Lyle 4, Eric Owen 3, Josiah Rankhorn 3, Hayden Boyd 2, Mikey Hougland 1

Casey Patrick is the sports reporter for the Cheatham County Exchange and the Dickson Post. He graduated from Dickson County High School in 2010.

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