GREENBACK — In its matchup with Tennessee School for the Deaf on Thursday, Greenback was aided by positive contributions from multiple players on the roster. Twelve total Cherokees scored during the team’s 62-27 route of TSD. Tyler Cullen led the Cherokees with 14 total points, six of which came off 3-pointers. Derrell Bailey was next with 12 points.
And the performance of his team didn’t go unnoticed by head coach Bryan Powers.
“Tyler Cullen has stepped up,” Powers said. “Lavon (Presnell), Trey Presnell had a good game the other night. I’ve got guys that didn’t know what to expect. Derrell Bailey’s been a nice surprise for not playing last year and coming back out. We’ve got a lot of depth right now. Rotation-wise, we played 10 guys tonight.”
The Cherokees notched a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 41-13 by halftime. Greenback allowed just 14 more points in the second half, cruising to an easy win over the Vikings.
Powers credited part of his team’s success against TSD to the squad’s work in the press. “Our press is looking better,” Powers said. “I know that if I can get us to slide our feet and cut the sidelines off … we’re going to cause a lot of chaos and I think we did that tonight with our press. So that’s what we’re hoping to do.
“Through the two games with everybody here, we’ve had different guys both nights have good nights. So I like the contributions we’re getting from everybody right now.”
Greenback will face Washburn in a home contest on Friday, looking to extend its strong start in district play.
“I think (Friday) will be a little bit tougher of a test,” Powers said. “(If) we win (Friday), we would start 3-1 in the district … It’s one game at a time and trying to get more gym time. That’s our biggest thing.”
Facing the Lady Vikings, Greenback faced no obstacles to success, quickly notching a lengthy advantage and holding it for the entirety of their blowout victory which never seemed in doubt.
Greenback held TSD to just four points in the first quarter and just six total points in the first half while scoring 33 of its own. The Lady Cherokees finished the contest by outscoring TSD 25-12 in the game’s final two periods.
“I thought they played composed,” head coach Angie Lucier said. “Sometimes when you’ve got a big disparity, you can get sloppy. But I felt like we didn’t do that. (I thought) that we kept up our intensity on both ends of the floor, so I was pleased.
“My little (eighth grade) guard, Lily Morton, put up quite a few points and had steals and assists, so I was pleased with her effort. But overall, everybody on defense did a great job.”
Morton led Greenback with 23 points, followed by Megan Lemons and Kierra Bishop with eight each.
After recording the victory over the Lady Vikings, Greenback will next host Washburn on Friday. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.
“We try to take it one game at a time but it’s always good when you’ve got several young players out there in a game like this to get confidence,” Lucier said. “Feel more at ease on the court.”