Coach Michael Carter, Emmie Orange, Gracie Belle Weakley, Mylah Harter, and Asst. Coach Preston Carter (Photo Submitted)
On Tuesday evening, the Cheatham County Middle School Bearcats left Westmoreland Middle School with the TMSAA Area 10 AA Tournament championship trophy. After defeating Sycamore Middle the night before (39-35) in a nail-biter, they went on to beat Westmoreland on their home court, 42-30.
The TMSAA Area 10 champion Cheatham Bearcats (Photo Submitted)
Mylah Harter, Gracie Belle Weakley, and Emmie Orange were selected to the All-tournament Team.
Earlier on in the post season, the ladies from Cheatham went undefeated in the Tri- County Athletic Conference, but lost to Dickson in the tournament championship, 35-29, after beating them twice in the regular season.
Lauren Anderson, Emmie Orange, and Mylah Harter were selected to the All-conference Team.
"This team has come a long way," says Head Coach Michael Carter. "At summer camp, we won a total of three games. I knew we had work to do and the girls have responded tremendously."
"This is a very close-knit group of girls," Carter added. "They work great together, fight like sisters, and have so much drive and determination. I tell them all the time that only "they" can stop themselves from succeeding. This team has all the tools to be very special for years to come.
The addition of Assistant Coach Preston Carter, Head Coach Carter's son, has proved irreplaceable for the Ashland City-based team.
"He sees the game so well and does a great job making in-game adjustments. I feel privileged to get to work with my son on a daily basis," Carter says of his experience this year with his son coaching by his side.
Boasting an overall record of 21-2, the Bearcats will now move on to the TMSAA Sectional Tournament being held at Lawrence County High School on Saturday, January 29.