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Station Camp's strikers have Lady Bison rolling

Station Camp freshman Michaela Nicholson leads the Lady Bison in scoring with 27 goals and 12 assists in 15 matches this season.

Station Camp freshman Michaela Nicholson leads the Lady Bison in scoring with 27 goals and 12 assists in 15 matches this season.

Early in Tuesday’s match at Beech, Station Camp sophomore Michaela Nicholson took a shot on goal from the right flank, creating a rebound for senior teammate Megan Brinkley to clean up and finish for a 1-0 lead.

Those types of plays have been common for the two Lady Bison strikers, as the pair has been responsible for 44 of Station Camp’s 75 goals through 15 matches, as the team has posted a 14-1 record so far.

“It’s been really great,” Brinkley said. “We have really good team chemistry and we all work really well together.”

Nicholson has scored in every Station Camp match this season and has five hat tricks (three-goal games) through Thursday’s 7-0 victory at Portland.

The Lady Bison had just finished a busy stretch of five games in five days, including two on Saturday to conclude The Ladies Tournament, where Station Camp won the Gold Division with victories over St. Cecilia, White House and Pope John Paul II.

“It was definitely tiring, but I guess that’s the fun of the game,” Nicholson said. “You’ve got to play tired, and then it’s easier when you get to the hard district games.”

Brinkley had a hat trick in the championship game at PJP II, totaling seven goals in the tournament.

Station Camp senior Megan Brinkley has 17 goals and eight assists in 15 matches this season

Station Camp senior Megan Brinkley has 17 goals and eight assists in 15 matches this season

“We had five games in five days,” Brinkley said. “You have to play tired, so it makes games like (Tuesday’s) – playing one game – seem a lot easier.”

Both Brinkley and Nicholson have set each other – and others – up, as Nicholson has 11 assists while Brinkley has added seven helpers.

“It’s amazing, because as soon as I give Tink the ball, I know that she’s looking to give it right back to me,” Nicholson said. “It’s been a fun ride.”

Nicholson’s performance has boosted the Lady Bison, and having an experienced teammate at another forward position has elevated her play even more.

“I think I’m just mainly getting a feel for my teammates,” Nicholson said. “As a player, you basically know what you need to do. But it’s playing off of people like Tink (Brinkley). I think our chemistry is getting pretty good.”

Station Camp has three district matches remaining after Thursday’s tilt at Portland, with Wilson Central, Gallatin and Hendersonville still on the schedule.

“I think we just have to play our best and keep working hard,” Brinkley said. “We have that same goal – trying to win district.”

The Lady Bison are searching for their first sectional appearance since 2010, when they fell by a 4-0 margin to Franklin.

But both Brinkley and Nicholson believe the goal is reachable.

“I think it would be awesome,” Brinkley said. “That would be the next goal – getting to sectionals. I hope we can get there.”

Reach Chris Brooks at cbrooks@tennessean.com or at 615-575-7118. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @CB_SumnerSports, and on Snapchat @cbrooksgne.

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