The Lady Grizzlies have been playing without four players who could have been in the starting lineup were it not for injuries.
Creekview opened the season 4-0 before dropping back-to-back games. The second loss — against Sequoyah — handed the Lady Grizzlies their first Region 7AAAAA loss, but they quickly rebounded with a 58-30 victory over Northview on Tuesday.
“We were 4-1, and then we had a little setback with Sequoyah, but we will get it back, I think,” Nolan said. “I’m pleasantly surprised since we have four girls out that haven’t played at all yet. To be 5-2, I’m pretty pleased.”
Of the four players, three are doing light jogging now and could return around Christmas. The fourth could be out longer with a back injury, but they’re awaiting test results.
“None of them have done drills with us, or anything, yet,” Nolan said. “We’ll be happy when we start getting some of them back. But all things considered, we could be worse off.”
Creekview has wins over Woodstock, Roswell and Duluth to its credit. Awaiting the Lady Grizzlies next is a region game with Kell on Friday and a non-region game with Cherokee on Saturday.
Sequoyah is off to a solid start in Region 7AAAAAA. The Lady Chiefs won back-to-back games against Creekview and North Sprints for a 2-0 region start and 3-2 overall mark. Their only two losses came during the North Forsyth Thanksgiving tournament.
The Lady Chiefs play at Riverwood on Friday and host River Ridge in a non-region game Saturday.
At the beginning of the season, River Ridge girls coach Jason Taylor said it was his goal for the team to learn from non-region games at the beginning of the season before opening Region 7AAAA play after Christmas.
So far, the Lady Knights (4-3) have done a bit better than break even. In many ways, they’ve won all the games they were supposed to, at least on paper.
River Ridge will continue its tuning up with Chestatee on Friday and Sequoyah on Saturday.
In Region 5AAAAAA, Etowah and Woodstock sit at the top with at 2-0 in the region.
Etowah (2-1, 2-0) has played fewer games than any other county team. The Lady Eagles opened the season with a non-region loss to Pope before defeating Cherokee and Walton.
Up next for Etowah is Milton on Friday.
Woodstock has played its share of games.
The Lady Wolverines (4-5, 2-0) took a while to get going. They lost five straight games before stringing together wins over Northview, Pope, Cherokee and Wheeler. Woodstock’s next test will come Tuesday at Walton.
Cherokee, with a young roster, also struggled out of the gate. The Lady Warriors (1-4, 1-2) lost four straight games before finally beating Lassiter for a region victory.
It’s too early to tell if Cherokee will be able to turn the season around, but Saturday’s game at Creekview could prove to be a good indicator.