NASHVILLE – Both the Indians and Lady Indians basketball teams began the season with a loss on Tuesday night as Harpeth traveled to Father Ryan. The Lady Indians started things off in a different direction with new head coach Karley Miller. The Harpeth lady Indians led after the first quarter but soon relinquished that lead and Father Ryan won 56-28. The boys game was much of the same with Harpeth missing much of its production from last season with injuries to key players. Father Ryan raced out to a lead and never looked back defeating Harpeth 57-41.
Father Ryan led the boys game 13-4 at the end of the first quarter and really put on steam in the second quarter to take a 29-9 lead into the half. Harpeth came out in the second half and played much better, cutting the lead down to 16 at the end of the third quarter, but Father Ryan held them off to win 57-41.
“We had a very rough first half,” Harpeth coach Robert Kreps said. “You could tell there were some first game jitters. The score does not indicate it, but we actually out-played Father Ryan in the second half. It took us a half to remember how to play basketball. Even though we lost, you could see the talent that this team has.”
With the cancellation of the Lipscomb Academy game that was scheduled for Friday, November 22. The Indians will now have to wait until next week for their next contest. They will play in the Thanksgiving Classic next week on Monday November 25 and 26.
BOYS BOX SCORE
Harpeth (41) : Grayson Maddox 12, Grant Patterson 11, Aaron McWright 9, Ryan McMillon 5, Aiden
The Lady Indians looked to begin their season off a good note with it being the coaching debut for Karley Miller, but the Irish came back after a close first quarter where Harpeth led 9-8 to take a 26- 11 lead going into half. Father Ryan would hold the lead at the end of the third with a 36-20 score and then finish off Harpeth 56-28.
“I was pleased with their hustle,” Harpeth coach Karley Miller said. “I think we will do well against district opponents. This Lady Irish Father Ryan team is very good and they matched up well against us.”
One bright spot for Harpeth was having seven total players score. That variety and the hustle that Coach Miller highlighted will be a good recipe for success moving forward for Harpeth.
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Harpeth (28) : Lexi Hearn 8, Cara Stuart 6, Liza Watson 6, Jessi Knall 3, Allie Bledsoe 2, Nicole Meadows 2, Emily Long 1