To say that the Cross Creek girls’ hot start is unprecedented isn’t completely accurate. The Lady Razorbacks, who are 16-0 entering Tuesday’s Region 3-AAAA game against Butler, sprinted to a 10-0 start last year and finished 21-8, playing a lot of close games along the way.
So far this season, they’re putting teams away.
“They really have a refuse-to-lose attitude,” said coach Kim Schlein, who worked as an assistant at Hephzibah before taking over the Cross Creek program. “They’re putting everything on the line ever game.”
Leading the way are Ashleigh Outler (15.4 points per game, 9.2 rebounds) and Breanna Bryant (14.8 ppg).
Schlein knew the team would be good, what with the bulk of last year’s club returning. They tasted some success, though they stumbled at the end, dropping five of their last six games, including three in overtime.
Still, she didn’t see a 16-0 start coming.
They set the tone in the season opener, beating Alcovy (which won 27 games a year ago) in overtime. They’ve had a couple of close calls since, but after the experience of last year, they seem unfazed by a little pressure.
To the contrary, they’re applying their own pressure. The Lady Razorbacks average 13 steals per game, and they play a variable style that downplays their lack of a true center.
“We’re getting by on speed and guts,” Schlein said.
Top girls game tonight: Sandy Creek at LaGrange is a battle for the top spot in the region standings. LaGrange is unbeaten against Georgia schools.
Inside track: The Monroe boys completed a season sweep of Westover Saturday, riding a 30-point, 14-rebound performance from post player Jabari Mcghee. It was the second 30-point night for Mcghee this season. The Tornadoes have a two-game lead in the 1-AAAA standings, but among their final six games are three contests against teams they beat by thin margins in earlier beatings.