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Hendersonville – It took the Lady Commando’s thirteen minutes to get one past Buccaneer keeper Natasia Jones when Liza Sircy blasted one from 25 yards out to make it 1-0 HHS. Both teams traded possession fairly equally but the Hendersonville squad got off several quality shots in the first 15 minutes.
As play settled down a bit HHS started to control the possession and Cookie Morgan made a nice individual move to knock one home from inside the 18 twenty four minutes into the contest and it was 2-0 Lady Commando’s.
“Hendersonville ran real hard in the attacking half, more than what we have seen this fall. We weren’t able to adjust well enough until halftime,” said Beech coach John Ferguson. “They punished us for the mental errors we made early on.”
Sircy made it 3-0 taking a ball down the left side almost 30 yards and delivering a lazer from about 20 yards out with 12 minutes left in the first half. “Liza is fast, she is always beating people up and down the sideline, she had another great game tonight,” said HHS coach Devin Woodard.
Starting the first half play was again back and forth for a short while and then Beech took control in the Buc offensive half for about three and a half minutes creating several high quality scoring chances. The Lady Commando’s turned all shots away and the game then turned back to possession swap.
As the game wound down Campbell Tighe added another goal with 10 minutes left in the contest and the Lady Commando’s won 4-0. “We played pretty well, we have a tough season so far, so it was nice to come out and get some goals. I’ve been a player at HHS and an assistant for 10 years but it’s different as a head coach, it’s fun,” added Woodard.
Ferguson added, “we are closer, we are playing better, we had some freshman play well tonight but the mental errors got us tonight. The kids played hard, the effort was good and we just didn’t capatilize on our chances.”
Boys shot a 338 to finish runner up in the district tournament and qualified for the region for just the third time since 2000. Tessa Myers has qualified as an individual for region for the second year in a row.
The region tournament is next Tuesday at Pine Creek in Mt. Juliet
Tristan Grenead 74 (4th low individual tournament score)
Derek Chambliss 87
Landon Leslie 88
Zach Lee 89
Carson Adams 109
On Saturday, the cross country team traveled to Huntsville, AL, to compete in the second annual Southern Showcase. The meet contained many of the top groups and individuals in the southeast. Huntsville High School won the boys division, scoring just 40 points, with Beech finishing in 10th place. Brentwood won the team title with 42 points on the girl’s side, with the Lady Bucs placing 11th.The boy’s team was led by junior Blake Brown, who ran 16:28, to place him fourth on Beech’s All-Time list. He was closely followed by sophomore Ethan Lanning in 16:29 (fifth all-time), freshman Gabriel Cox in 16:33 (sixth all-time), and sophomore Tristan Gould in 16:44 (10th all-time). “My favorite thing about the race was seeing my teammates run well. I was motivated to run fast because I wanted to do my best for the team,” said Lanning. Freshman Zaely Tilt placed first for the Lady Bucs in 20:13, which puts her as the fifth fastest Buccaneer in school history. She was closely followed by a tight-knit Beech pack. Junior Lexie Lawson, who placed seventh on the team last week, was the second Beech finisher in Huntsville. “Good coaching, a great night of sleep, and a positive mindset helped me run well,” Lawson said.
Coach Wietecha was pleased with the teams’ showing. “Most races, we don’t worry about chasing a time or keeping a certain pace, we focus on competing and catching the next person in front of us. But I wanted the athletes to have some fun and chase fast times for this race, and that’s exactly what they did.”The cross country team next competes at the Sumner County Championships on September 29th, where they will be looking to defend the boys and girls team titles they won last season.
SHACKLE ISLAND – The Beech High School girls soccer team celebrated senior night with a 5-1 win over Dickson County. The Lady Bucs shook off their tendency not to finish and made some really nice shots in the victory.
Freshman Lily Keiser started off the scoring in the last five minutes of the first half as she corralled a rebound and banged it home from inside the goalie box. One the second goal, Kierra Berry took posession from Dickson as they were attempting to clear a corner. She drove down the right side of the 18 and knocked a nice shot past the keeper with just a minute left in the first half.
The Lady Bucs continued their slow starts but once they got going they pretty much dominated play. Starting the second half with a 2-0 lead the Lady Bucs continued to dominate posession.
Burroughs took Berry’s crossing pass and lasered it by the Cougar keeper just minutes into the half. “That first goal by Hailey might be the best combination goal we have scored since I’ve been coaching here,” said Beech coach John Ferguson. “It was absolutely beautiful., oustanding vision, five players… Abbey’s through ball was next level!”
Burrough’s added another on a free kick from 35 yards out that was an absolute laser beam. Chloe Anderson got loose in the box and slipped on in to make the score 5-0 with about seven minutes left in the contest.
The Lady Cougars scored with 4 minutes left to make the fijnal 5-1. “It’s great on senior night to be able to get all the seniors significant playing time. We played very well. We have struggled to hit the target in our past games, but got on track tonight,” added Ferguson.
The JV B Volleyball team had a victory against Lipscomb. They won the first set 25-10, and the second set 25-20. Some individual stats are as follows:
Evy Brown- 3 kills, 3 Aces, 7 assists, 2 digs
Averi Wilbanks- 3 kills, 2 Aces, 4 assists
Laurie Rollinson- 8 Aces, 1 kill, 4 digs
Hanna Blacker- 8 digs, 1 Ace
Chandler Restelli- 3 kills, 2 digs