GALLATIN - The Gallatin Lady Wave opened the 2020 season with an emphatic 69-31 win over visiting West Creek Thursday night. The Lady Wave pounded the glass, securing 16 offensive rebounds and 50 paint points.
The Lady Wave opened the game with a 24-12 lead after the first frame and ballooned their lead to 41-17 at the break, thanks in large part to 12 fast break points and 16 forced turnovers.
The third quarter saw much of the same as Gallatin continued to push the pace and control the glass. Thirty paint points mixed with nine forced turnovers pushed Gallatin out in front 64-25 before second string got their opportunity to shine.
Gallatin will play on Saturday, Nov. 21, against Westmoreland and again later that evening against Summit in the Green Wave Hall of Champions Classic.
Despite the massive victory, Gallatin head coach Jerry Landers says his team can be better.
“There are a lot of areas we need to work on,” Landers said. “We did a poor job of boxing out, and we didn’t do the little things tonight. That said, it was nice to get out and compete against someone other than yourself for the first time since February.”
West Creek decided to go in a new direction this year for their girls’ program, hiring Aaron Keener to lead the Lady Coyotes.
In his first game as head coach, Keener says despite all the challenges faced this season, the Lady Coyotes played well.
“Sure, we have things to clean up but all things considered, I think we played well tonight,” he said. “Our turnovers hurt us tonight as did our transition defense, and we weren’t able to match their intensity on the boards, which is something we will work diligently on.”
The Lady Coyotes have just one senior on the roster — Alexis Parks — she finished with a team-high 16 points.
“She did a good job in the paint tonight, had a lot of energy grit and we will need more of that as we continue this season,” Keener said. “We need her to continue to help the younger players understand the flow of the game. We are asking a lot of her this year, but I think she is up for the task.”
West Creek is back in action Monday, Nov. 23, at home against Cheatham County.
Gallatin (69): Cialife Carter 17, Jeremia Montgomery 12, Ed’Niya Ulks 12, Janaya Newsom 9, Je’Leah Cole 6, Maggie Hale 4, Talor Crenshaw 5, Nyamal Kueth 2, Emma Donley 2.
West Creek (31): Alexis Parks 16, Desiree Castaneda 5, Malaya Woullard 4, Amarachi Chuk 3, Ariana Johnson 3.