MURFREESBORO — Central Magnet is off to its best start in the boys basketball program’s brief history.
The Tigers get a chance to continue that trend Friday when they open up District 8-AA play in Woodbury against Cannon County.
“I really like what we’re doing,” Central Magnet coach Doug Worsley said. “They are trusting the coaches, and I like their attitude.”
The girls game tips off at 6 p.m. with the boys playing afterward.
Central Magnet (3-1) has yet to win an 8-AA opener in its five-year history. The Tigers picked up their first league win in school history a year ago when it beat York Institute.
Worsley, who is in his second season, acknowledged his roster is full of younger talent. But he’s been satisfied early with the Tigers’ play.
“It’s very fulfilling to see them buy into (the program),” Worsley said. “Last year we were in the first year, and they really don’t know you.”
Central Magnet is coming off a 59-51 win over Gordonsville on Tuesday. Cannon County (3-3) is coming off a Class AA sectional appearance.
“They are not as senior heavy as they have been, but they are still a Cannon County team,” Worsley said. “They still shoot very well and play multiple defenses.”
On the girls side, Central Magnet first-year coach Kyle Turnham has guided the Lady Tigers to a 4-0 start. The Lady Tigers meet Cannon County (1-4) in a rematch of the Region 4-AA championship game.
However, graduation left both programs vastly different.
“I really like where we are as a team,” Turnham said. “We’ve been very balanced. “We’re playing really unselfish offensively, moving the ball around and having different people contribute offensively.
“Defensively, has been pretty solid.”
The trio of Kylea Carver, Catherine Faulk and Becca Stockton has helped keyed Central’s hot start. All three saw significant playing time a year ago, but all have larger roles with the graduation of starters Sophie Fielder, Ola Obi and Claudia Smith.
“Instead of being role players, they are expected to be major contributors,” Turnham said. “You’ve seen different moments out of all three. … Our balance is something I’m really encouraged about.”
9-A opens play
League play in District 9-A also tips off Friday.
MTCS hosts Moore County in its 9-A opener in a showdown of two talented girls teams.
The Lady Cougars (5-0) host Moore County (6-1) with tip off at 6 p.m. MTCS swept Moore County a year ago.
“They are very much still a Moore County program you’d expect,” MTCS coach Lynn Burkey said. “They lost one starter a year ago. Their better players are back.”
Freed-Hardeman signee Ashlynd Wilkerson and teammate Abby Buckner lead the Lady Cougars offensively.
Burkey said his team enters league play healthy with the return of post player Emma Self.
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.
Friday’s Basketball Games
Riverdale at Brentwood, 6 p.m.
Oakland at Spring Hill, 6 p.m.
Overton at Siegel, 6 p.m.
Stewarts Creek at Ravenwood, 6 p.m.
William Blount at Blackman, 6 p.m.
Moore Co. at MTCS, 6 p.m.
Central Magnet at Cannon Co., 6 p.m.
FRCS at Christian Community, 6:30 p.m.
Smyrna at Hendersonville Christian Tourney