A double-digit rebounding advantage and a 32-point performance from Stewart County’s Landon Dennis aided the Rebels in earning their seventh straight victory on Monday.
SCHS dominated the glass against Cheatham County Central, owning a 35-19 advantage in their 70-49 win.
“That was actually the emphasis, today,” said Rebels head coach Nicholas Wallace. “We, on film, watched Cheatham County really hurt people on the offensive glass, get back by pushing the basketball and taking some quick shots. (That) creates a lot of rebounding problems, so it was a big, big emphasis for us.”
After coming off a disappointing 15-point game against Lewis County, Dennis gave Stewart County an advantage early on over the Cubs. The senior guard scored 10 of his team’s 17 points in the first period, giving SCHS a 13-point edge after the first eight minutes. Dennis, who eclipsed the 1,000 point mark earlier on in the season, has benefitted the team throughout their winning streak.
“He makes it a lot easier, but there’s going to be nights where teams are going to do a really good job on him,” Wallace said. “We’ve had that happen a time or two… we have to step up around him. He’s a phenomenal player and (we’re) definitely not looking forward to losing him next year.”
The Rebel guard cooled off in the second period, making just one of his four shot attempts. His poor shooting before halftime and six Rebel turnovers gave Cheatham County an opportunity to respond before the break. Sophomore Tucker Carter scored seven points for the Cubs in the second. Carter’s streaky shooting trimmed the deficit to 29-21 at halftime.
A 26-point third period from Stewart County put the game away for good. The Rebels came out of the break with a 9-2 run and never looked back. Dennis poured in 15 in the period, outscoring the Cubs by five in the third. Two of SCHS’ seven made three pointers came in the final frame, allowing them to walk away with a 21-point win.
Cheatham County falls to 2-4 with the loss, experiencing their first game action since Dec. 8. Despite the defeat, first year head coach Aaron Nicholson was grateful to get their first game back out of the way, and to move on to their Dec. 29 contest against Houston County.
“I definitely think we just needed to get that one game, kind of out of the way,” he said. “I knew that we would kind of struggle, just because it (was) the first game back. We only had one practice under us, so I knew we would struggle. I’m hoping that, with this one game under our belt, maybe we can kind of use that to push us and give us a little more effort tomorrow.”
Stewart County improves to 9-3 on the year and will close out the Stewart County Christmas Classic against South Fulton on Tuesday.
Stewart County (70): Landon Dennis 32, Will Page 9, Eli Bogard 7, Gavin Smith 7, Aden Houston 6, Weston Wallace 5, Tucker Story 4.
Cheatham County (49): Tucker Carter 18, Maverick Lee 11, Andrew Mayberry 6, Willie Angeles 3, Zach Carter 3, NaSean Martinez 3, Syler White 3, Liam Hayes 2.