CW Puts Out Firebirds for Berth in State

The Creek Wood Red Hawks battled against a physical Pearl-Cohn team, an inconsistent officiating crew, a hostile road crowd, and at times against themselves in a TSSAA Class AA Sectional Game in Nashville Tuesday night, but the District 11AA Champions and Region 6AA Runners Up weathered a late rally and answered with a run of their own, holding off the Firebirds 67-59.

Antwan Jennings started the scoring for Pearl-Cohn with a bucket in the paint to give the Firebirds a 2-0 lead, but Isaac Edmondson answered back for a 2-2 tie. After a flurry of misses and turnovers, Korayon Jordan made it 4-2 Pearl-Cohn, but Ross Cummings quickly scored, drew a foul, and hit the free throw to give the Red Hawks the lead 5-4. The Red Hawks would stretch the lead to 9-4 before a Firebird run trimmed the margin to 9-7; a Ross Plunkett bucket and an Edmondson basket-and-one made it 14-7, and after a basket by reserve post Charquise Buchanan trimmed the lead to 14-9, the two sides held each other in check for the rest of the first.

While the Firebirds dominated on the glass on both ends, poor shooting would keep the home team from getting anything done offensively. The two sides would trade scores in the second, with neither side able to score more than 4 unanswered, and with the quarter a 17-17 wash the Red Hawks went to the locker room up 31-26.

Pearl-Cohn took over in the third, and looked poised to knock off the visitors from the north end of Dickson County. The Firebirds opened the half on a 6-2 run and cut Creek Wood’s lead to 33-32, but a Gabe Cummings 2 made it 35-32. Jennings got around the Creek Wood posts for an answer, but senior Easton Aldridge found an answer of his own to make it 37-34. Plunkett got a steal on the other end for Creek Wood and found senior Tyler Turpin, who drew a foul and hit both free throws to grow the lead to 39-34. Jordan Sandifer shocked the Red Hawk crowd with a big three to answer and trim the lead to 39-37, but both sides turned cold again. Eventually, Jennings would score to tie the game and Michael Crawley would hit to give Pearl-Cohn the lead back at 41-39, and late in the quarter the Firebirds would rebound off an Edmondson miss and set up in the front court. Pearl-Cohn would miss three consecutive shots, getting two offensive boards before drawing a foul on Gabe Cummings. Jennings would hit one of his two free throws, and the home side would take a 42-39 lead into the fourth.

Creek Wood immediately answered back, tying the game at 42-42 with a basket-and-one from the senior Edmondson to open the fourth. Sandifer and Jennings would answer back to make it 46-42 Firebirds, That lead would be their last, however, as Creek Wood made another huge run right away. Ross Cummings drew a foul and hit both free throws, then another Edmondson basket-and-one put the Red Hawks back up 47-46. That was the start of a 12-2 run by the visitors, ending with two more Edmondson free throws and a 54-48 edge. A Jordan jumper cut the lead to 54-50, but a Ross Cummings dagger dragged the lead out to 7.

Jordan drew a big foul on Edmondson, but could only hit one free throw to make it 57-51. Edmondson then made amends by scoring a two of his own, and after Pearl-Cohn missed on a bucket and the putback attempt, a Ross Cummings trey made it 62-51 Creek Wood. Pearl-Cohn would continue to struggle shooting at its own rims, as the home team needed three shots and two rebounds before Crawley finally got one to go and trimmed the lead to 62-53, but with just a couple of minutes left it all came down to Creek Wood’s foul shooting. Ross Cummings would hit one of two, giving the Red Hawks a 63-53 edge, and Creek Wood only allowed one more mini-run from the Firebirds as they trimmed the lead to 65-59. After Gabe Cummings hit one of two free throws the next trip down the floor, Pearl-Cohn’s Ramsey had two looks from three due to a Creek Wood turnover and missed them both; Edmondson would wind up with the ball, draw the foul, and hit one more free throw to make the margin 67-59, and a frustrated, disinterested Pearl-Cohn team would not have an answer as the final seconds ran off the clock. For the first time in school history, the Red Hawk boys were on their way to State!

The bruising Firebirds out rebounded Creek Wood 44-32 and pulled 24 offensive rebounds to Creek Wood’s 8, but only managed 19 second-chance points for their efforts compared to the Red Hawks’ efficient 6. Poor shooting was the problem for Pearl-Cohn, which only shot 34% from the floor compared to Creek Wood’s  47%. Creek Wood out shot the home side 55% to 37% from two, and held its own with 38 points in the paint versus 42 from the bigger Firebird posts.

Edmondson dazzled for a second consecutive postseason performance with 25 points and 8 rebounds, while Ross Cummings had 18 points, 7 boards, and 2 of the Red Hawks’ 3 threes. Plunkett added 7 points, and Turpin 5. Pearl-Cohn was led by Sandifer with 17, Jennings with 15 points and 16 rebounds, and and Jordan with 11 points.

Creek Wood advances to the State Tournament with the big road win, and the Red Hawks will face Fulton next Thursday night at 6pm at the Murphy Center at MTSU in Murfreesboro.

State Bound!! The Lady Cougars Top Rossview, Win First Sectional Since ’98

Coaches Eve and Henry Hamilton got their “ride off into the sunset” moment Monday when the Lady Cougars topped Rossview for a 59-52 win, sending their team to the State Tournament.

The teams seesawed back and forth on the first couple of possessions but after Lea Lea Carter converted an and one opportunity, Dickson went on a 12-0 run to build s 14-4 lead and forcing a Rossview timeout.  Rossview grabbed a pair of baskets before Carter hit the final shot of the first quarter to make 16-8 at the end of the first quarter. Dickson continued their dominance in the second quarter on their way to a halftime lead of 35-20. In the second half, Rossview started to push back against a huge crowd and a hot Lady Cougars squad.  A 12-8 quarter trimmed the Dickson lead to just 11 points heading into the final eight minutes. Down the stretch Rossview continued to cut into the lead, a two point shot by Micky Head made it 55-49 with under two minutes to go. With the game in the balance Grove got a full court pass from Carter on the inbound, drove to the basket, made a tough layup and got fouled. She completed the three point play to push the lead to 58-49. Head got a three pointer and Carter hit a free throw to make it 59-52 but when Liz Quinio’s three missed and Dickson pulled the rebound the Lady Hawks chose not to foul, icing the game for the Lady Cougars.

Grove paced everyone 18 points going 7 of 12 from the floor and 4 of 4 at the free throw line. Carter had 15 points, Emily Beard and Lainey Reed each had 10 and Carlee Wilson had 6 on 2 of 3 from three point range.

The win put Dickson into the State Tournament in Murfreesboro on Wednesday at 10am. Bearden advanced to meet the Lady Cougars with a 42-40 win over Jefferson County. The other matchups for the State Tournament are Bartlett and Oakland at 11:30, Blackman and Mt. Juliet at 1:15, and Morristown West vs Arlington at 2:45.

Dickson Girls Add Another Banner, Top Brentwood

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Dickson County got it done again against Brentwood topping them 43-42 for their third win in four meetings this season and for the second time in a championship game. With the win the Lady Cougars improved to 31-2, a new school record, on the season, secured the Region 6AAA Championship, and locked up a home game against the Lady Hawks of Rossview on Monday night at 7pm.

Brentwood had a tougher road to the title game; two wins against 12AAA opponents by seven points apiece. Meanwhile, Dickson steamrolled their way to the final game with two wins by an average of 39.5 points. None of that seemed to matter on Friday night with the two top teams from District 11AAA matched up once again.

Brentwood opened the scoring with a 6-0 run that made Dickson’s Eve Hamilton consider a timeout less than four minutes into the game. Lea Lea Carter, Payton Grove and Emily Beard hit back-to-back-to-back shots to even things up at six all. Grove completed a three point play just before the end of the first quarter to put Dickson up 12-10 but a Abby Shealy three pointer gave Brentwood a one point edge after the first eight minutes 13-12.

The nip-tuck affair continued in the second quarter. Grove, who had picked up a foul in the first quart, got her second before the first points of the second quarter could be scored and her third moments later. The senior was forced to the bench with five points. Yasmine Daniel replaced and, with the Lady Cougars trailing 17-14, hit a pair of shots to put her team ahead by one. The two teams traded baskets and Beard missed a three to end the half with Dickson up 20-19.

In the third quarter, Grove reentered the game and hit the first shot to extend Dickson’s lead to three points but moments later she picked her fourth foul and headed back to the bench. Beard hit one of two free throws to give the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the night 23-19 but Jessi Boozer, who played with a back brace for the whole game, hit a three to draw Brentwood within one. From their the Lady Bruins went on a 9-5 run to end the quarter and took a three point lead into the fourth quarter 31-28.

Jenny Roy, Carter’s Co-MVP, scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to five, 33-28, for Brentwood. Carlee Wilson hit her only three of the night and Carter and Beard hit back-to-back shots to reclaimed the Lady Cougar’s lead 35-33 with under four minutes remaining. That lead didn’t last long, Shealy hit another three to answer back for the Lady Bruins. Grove retook the lead 37-36 on a layup seconds later. It was short lived, the two teams traded baskets until Roy hit a shot with less than thirty seconds remaining. On the next possession, Carter drove down the right side of the lane and put up a banking shot that missed. Grove rebounded on the left side and missed the put back but got fouled on a third attempt with 6.7 second remaining. She went to the free throw line and calmly hit both shots to put Dickson up 43-42. After a timeout, Brentwood in-bounded to Roy who was fouled by Lainey Reed in the backcourt with 3.9 seconds left but the it was only the Lady Cougars sixth foul of the half. Roy again got the ball in front of the Dickson bench but Reed forced her to move laterally instead of up the court which led to a push shot from Roy that missed everything and left Dickson on top.

Dickson was lead by the “Big Three” in scoring, Beard had 12, while Carter and Grove had 11 points. Grove’s scoring came in extremely limited minutes due to foul trouble once again.

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After the game Beard, Boozer, Reed, and Roy were all named to the All-Region Tournament Team and Carter was named Tournament MVP after averaging 12.3 points per game and just missing a triple double in the McGavock game.

The win gave Dickson one last home game for retiring coaches Eve and Henry Hamilton on Monday night. The Lady Cougars will face Rossview who they beat 45-32 on the road on January 29th with the winner playing in Murfreesboro in the state tournament Wednesday morning at 10am.

Tickets for Monday’s game will go on sale in the main office of Dickson County High School Monday morning at 10am and are seven dollars per TSSAA regulations.

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The Creek Wood Red Hawks’ perfect season came to an end Friday night in the Region 6-AA Championship Game as the Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions started hot and maintained a lead to upend the host school 81-62.

CPA opened the game with a 13-0 run before Creek Wood could even answer, and the Red Hawks battled cold shooting all night long. Junior Braxton Blackwell, a highly-recruited college prospect, had 12 points in the first, and despite 5 points each from Ross Cummings and Isaac Edmondson the Lions led 29-13 after one.

Edmondson started a tear in the second and the Red Hawks made their best run of the game. The senior post tallied 10 points, earning 4 at the free throw line against the bigger Lion post defenders, while Ross Plunkett added 2 threes and Turpin touched up a long ball in the frame. A 20-16 quarter pulled the Red Hawks close, but CPA would maintain a double-digit lead for nearly the whole game and led at the half 45-33.

Blackwell added 6 points in the third while Evan Ragsdale poured in 2 threes and 6 points and the CPA defense held Edmondson to just 4 points in the period. An 18-13 Lion third put CPA up 63-46, and 5 Lions scored in the final frame to help CPA put the game away. Edmondson went off for another 10 in the fourth, but the CPA defense limited the supporting cast; CPA took the fourth 18-16, both sides sent in the subs for the final seconds, and the Red Hawks took their first loss of the year 81-62. CPA improved to 30-4, but still has yet to lose to a team from the state of Tennessee.

Blackwell led the way for CPA with 24 points, while Ragsdale added 16 and 8th grade point guard Tyger Campbell impressed with 14. Edmondson was the only Red Hawk in double figures with a game-high 29, while Coulter Dotson added 8, and Plunkett and Ross Cummings added 7 each. Edmondson and Ross Cummings were named to the All-Region Team along with Lady Red Hawk McKenzie Haislip.

As Region 6-AA Champions, CPA will host Maplewood for the Sectional game on Tuesday night, while Creek Wood travels to Region 5-AA Champion Pearl Cohn on Tuesday night. The winners will advance to the State Tournament at MTSU the following week. CPA’s girls remained unbeaten with a 49-40 win over Giles County to take the Region 6-AA Girls’ Title.

With a win on Tuesday night, Creek Wood would open State Tournament play on March 12th at 6pm, facing either Elizabethton, Greeneville, Carter, or Fulton.

And Then There Was One

It was a bittersweet night for Creek Wood on Thursday in Charlotte. The Creek Wood Red Hawk boys upended Marshall County 93-64 to advance to the Region 6-AA Championship Game and the Sectional Round on Tuesday night; unfortunately the Lady Red Hawks dropped a close game 49-42 to Giles County in the opener, ending the year for the Creek Wood girls.

The Giles County Lady Bobcats came in with a 20-7 record, an impressive mark made even moreso when you consider that 3 of the 7 losses were to unbeaten CPA and another of the losses was a common loss with Creek Wood to the powerful Huntsville High School team out of Alabama. Surprisingly, both sides started out ice cold, but Kiki Cross gave the Lady Bobcats a 2-0 lead with a bucket, and Brianna Spicer tied the game at 2-2 with a pair of made free throws. Arizona Harper would sink a bucket, then Spicer would add one of her own, giving Creek Wood a 6-2 lead. Mary Katlyn Bruce would come off the bench for Giles County and drain a three, then an Erin Freeman 2 would give the Lady Bobcats the lead back at 7-6. McKenzie Broadway hit a three to give the Lady Red Hawks the lead again, but it would be their last lead of the game as Keneisha Love hit a bucket to tie the game at 9-9 and another Bruce three gave Giles County a 12-9 lead. Creek Wood tied the game at 12-12, but the Lady Bobcats took the lead right back 15-12 off another Bruce trey before the end of the first.

Taylor McNairy opened the second with a big bucket to stretch the Lady Bobcat lead to 17-12, and the two sides would basically swap baskets until shooting turned cold late in the half. In that span, Giles County was able to string together a pair of unanswered buckets to cap a 7-2 run, and the Lady Bobcats led 26-18 at the break. The 11-6 second would prove Creek Wood’s undoing, as Giles County endured a 9-2 Lady Red Hawk run in the third and answered with an 8-2 run of their own to close out the 12-11 Giles County period. Heading into the fourth, the Lady Bobcats led 38-29, and Giles County would keep the margin around 9 or 10 for much of the fourth quarter.

McKenzie Haislip and Caroline Edmondson would hit back to back buckets as Creek Wood tried to make a run in the fourth, but Freeman drew a foul on Spicer and hit both free throws to make the Giles County lead 43-35. A Broadway bucket cut the lead to 43-37 and McNairy only hit one free throw, but Giles County forced a turnover and Freeman hit a free throw as well. A late Harper trey cut the lead to 45-40, but Freeman would ice the game at the line; she hit a pair of free tosses, then a Harper 2 cut the lead back to 47-42 in the waning seconds. Freeman could sink two more for a 49-42 cushion, and McNairy would steal the ball from Harper to preserve the win.

Harper would finish as the Lady Red Hawks’ MVP in the season-ending loss, registering a team-high 12 points including 2 threes and 6 points in the paint (tied for the team high), along with 2 rebounds. Haislip had 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Spicer added 10 points including 6 second chance points and 6 in the paint along with 2 boards. McNairy and Bruce each led the way for Giles County with 12 points, while Freeman added 11 and Love 9. McNairy and Love each added 8 points in the paint, while Bruce hit 4 of her team’s 6 threes; McNairy also had 8 boards in the win, while Love had 7.

Creek Wood faced a formidable foe in Marshall County, but the Red Hawks never trailed in the game. Tyler Turpin opened the game with a three, but fouled Caleb Fields. Fields hit both free throws to make it 3-2, but Isaac Edmondson and Ross Cummings hit buckets to grow the lead to 7-2. Fields hit a basket and got fouled by Ross “Chico” Plunkett, and Fields hit the free throw to pull Marshall County within 2 at 7-5. An Easton Aldridge basket-and-one capped a 9-1 run for the Red Hawks and pushed the lead to 16-6. The teams traded baskets down the stretch in the first, but Ross Cummings was fouled shooting a three and hit 2 of 3 free throws before Malek Sain hit a half court three to beat the first quarter buzzer. Creek Wood led the Tigers 26-16, and the game was already getting out of hand.

The Red Hawks opened the second on a 15-0 run before a Curtis Keiler three stopped the bleeding at 41-19. The sides did little more than trade baskets the rest of the half, and Creek Wood led 49-28 at the half. Sain and Chris Walker combined to lead the Tigers on a 7-2 run to start the second half to cut the lead to 51-35, but the Red Hawks would answer with a massive 11-0 run to boost the lead to 62-35. Later in the third, another 7-0 Marshall County run would trim the lead again to 64-47, but a 10-1 answer would keep CWHS up big at the end of three, 74-48. Neither side could muster a run of more than 4 points in the fourth as they haggled over the margin and the Tigers piled up fouls, but in the end the Red Hawks prevailed 93-64.

Ross Cummings earned MVP honors for a game-high 27 points, 12 points in the paint, 3 threes, and 2 rebounds. Isaac Edmondson added 16 points (8 in the paint), 1 three, and 5 boards. Easton Aldridge poured in 12 points in the paint and 14 overall, with 7 boards. Plunkett, Turpin, and Coulter Dotson each had 9 points. For Marshall County, Malek Sain had 16 points, DeAndre Brown 15, and Caleb Fields 11; Sain also had a team-high 6 rebounds in the loss.

The unbeaten Red Hawks will face Christ Presbyterian Academy Friday night around 7:30pm for the Region 6-AA Championship, after the unbeaten CPA girls face Giles County. The CPA girls advanced by beating Camden 59-27 as Camden’s shooting went ice cold. The CPA Lion boys had a battle with Waverly early, but put the game away in the second half, cruising to a 76-51 win.

The girls will play Monday in their Sectional games, and the boys will play on Tuesday; the winners advance to the State Tournament. The winner of CPA/Giles County will host Region 5-AA runner-up MLK, which lost 47-44 to Westmoreland. The Lady Eagles will host the loser of that title game. On the boys’ side, Pearl Cohn beat Maplewood 59-43 for the Region 5-AA title, meaning the CPA/Creek Wood winner hosts Maplewood while the loser travels to Nashville to face the Firebirds on Tuesday night for a spot in the State Tournament.

 

Weather Again Changes Schedule

downloadWeather has forced changes to the region tournaments. The Dickson County girls will play Brentwood for the fourth time this season tomorrow, Friday, February 27th, at 6pm for the Region 6AAA Chamionship. The game was originally schedule for Thursday night at 7pm. The boys semifinals will be played as schedule tonight with Franklin playing Hillsboro at 4pm and Brentwood facing Independence at 5:30pm.

Region 6AA is proceeding with their games as planned tonight with boys and girls semifinal action. Creek Wood girls play Giles County at 4pm, Creek Wood boys play Marshall County at 5:30pm, CPA girls play Camden Central at 7pm and at 8:30pm the CPA boys face Waverly. The boys and girls championship games will be held tomorrow starting with the girls at 6pm and boys to follow.

Dickson Rocks Overton, Advances to the Region Championship

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Dickson County got over the hump and into the region finals with a 66-41 win over Overton Wednesday night.
A threat of winter weather moved the start time up to 4:30 but the change had little affect on the Lady Cougars. After topping Overton 78-73 in overtime during their first meeting, Dickson fell behind 2-0 on a Mene Graham runner in the first minute, but from there on it was all Lady Cougars. Lea Lea Carter got her first two points to tie it up, then Lainey Reed got Dickson going with five quick points to put the Lady Cougars up 7-4. While Reed and Carter were going to work on the offensive end, Payton Grove picked up a pair of first quarter fouls and headed to the bench, taking away a prime scoring threat for Dickson. Undeterred, Carter hit a leaner make it 11-4 and forced a Lady Bobcat timeout with three minutes to go in the first quarter. Yasmine Daniel, in the game for Grove, got the final shot of the first quarter to make it 13-7.
With Grove on the bench, Daniel excelled, putting up 8 first half points and helping Dickson open up a 13 point lead. With Dickson leading 24-11, Grove reentered the game and quickly picked up her third foul of the first half. Without Grove, the Lady Cougars relied on Reed, Daniel, and Emily Beard to carry the scoring while Carter guided the team as the floor general. The result was a seemingly well oiled machine that led by 28-17 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Lady Cougars continued to grow their lead but again foul trouble proved to be an issue. Grove picked up her fourth foul and Carlee Wilson also got hit with her fourth, both in the third quarter.  With her primary posts on the bench, Coach Hamilton turned to freshman Kailey Rosenbaum, who got big minutes for the second game in a row. With Dickson up 40-22 and on the verge of blowing the game wide open, Emily Beard hit a right corner three. Jada Stewart fouled Beard and after some discussion it was determined the foul was after the shot, giving Dickson another possession. Beard took a straight away three missing to the right, Rosenbaum grabbed the board put it back up short but was fouled. She went to the line and hit both free throws to extend the lead to 45-22 and bring the crowd to their feet. Dickson went on to win the quarter 21-11 to take a 49-28 lead in to the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter the reserves got in to mop up the big win and Dickson finished with a final margin of 66-41.
Beard led Dickson with 15 points while Grove, in limited minutes, had 13, Reed added 11, and Daniel finished with 10 points. Tory Patton led Overton with 17 points.
With the win the Lady Cougars advance to the region final against Brentwood. The two teams will square off for the fourth time this season. Dickson took two of the first three match ups, the last an overtime affair that earned Dickson the District 11AAA title. This time the winner will take the Region 6AAA championship and will be granted the right to host their substate game on Monday night at 7pm. Region 6AAA will pair up with region 5AAA for the substate round. Wednesday night Rossview pulled the upset topping Wilson Central 41-39 to advance to face Mt. Juliet who beat Hendersonville 54-21.
Dickson’s last two seasons had both ended in the region semifinals; two years ago Beech topped Dickson 60-56 in the semis, while last year Dickson fell in the semis to Franklin 41-36.

TSSAA Makes More Changes for Sectionals, State

With more inclement weather moving into the area, the TSSAA has made additional moves much like last week, shifting the Saturday and Monday basketball sectional games to Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. The girls will now play on Monday night, and the boys on Tuesday, with Region Tournament games free to be “scheduled at any time” per an official memo.

Furthermore, the TSSAA has opted to remove the random draw for the State Tournament, and has reverted to the pre-draw style of postseason play where teams play out of their Sectionals.

Region 6-AAA and Region 5-AAA will match up for the sectionals, with the winner of one Region hosting the loser the other. The winner of the Girls’ Sectional at the 6-AAA winner would be the “road” team in the first round of the TSSAA Girls’ State Basketball Tournament, facing the winner of the matchup between the  Region 1-AAA champ and the 2-AAA runner up Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM. The other Sectional winner would play Wednesday at 1:15pm, facing the winner between the Region 4-AAA champ and the Region 3-AAA runner up. This means that if Dickson County advances to the Sectional game, it could play early against a team from east Tennessee like Morristown West or Science Hill, or play an early afternoon game against a team like Bradley Central or Blackman.

If the Creek Wood girls win Thursday to advance to the championship game of Region 6-AA, they would face Westmoreland, Lipscomb Academy, East Nashville, or MLK Magnet in the sectional game. If the Lady Red Hawks win the Region Championship game and win their sectional, they would play next Thursday at 5:15pm, against the survivor of the Region 3-AA champion/Region 4-AA runner-up sectional; Region 3-AA is the Chattanooga area, while 4-AA is an amorphous blob that includes Murfreesboro Central Magnet, Cannon County, Livingston Academy, and Upperman. If the Creek Wood girls are the 6-AA runners-up but win the sectional, they would open State next Thursday at 12:30pm against either the winner of Region 2-AA or the runner-up of 1-AA. Region 2-AA is in the Gatlinburg/Knoxville area, while Region 1-AA is the Elizabethton/Greeneville area.

Similarly, if the Red Hawk boys were to win the Region and their Sectional game, they would play Thursday, March 12th at 1:15pm, against either the Region 4-AA Champion or the 3-AA Runner-Up. Region 4-AA currently is down to Bledsoe County, Livingston Academy, Cannon County, and Notre Dame, while 3-AA is a large area centered on Chattanooga. If the Red Hawks were to finish second in the Region but win the Sectional game, they would play at 6pm on March 12th against the Region 1-AA winner or the Region 2-AA Runner-Up. The former is far to the east, with teams like Elizabethton and Greeneville still alive, while the latter is centered on Knoxville, Gatlinburg, and Alcoa.

Weather Forces Region Tournament Schedule Changes

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With snow in the forecast for much of the midstate area, tournament administrators made the call on Wednesday to adjust the region tournament schedules. The National Weather Service is predicting only a dusting for Dickson but areas south of I-40 could see up to four inches of snow. Other weather outlets have suggested a more northerly path that would raise totals in the northern parts of Middle Tennessee.

Region 6AA has canceled all games set for today in response to the weather forecast. All games hosted at Creek Wood have been moved to Thursday the 26th starting at 4pm with Creek Wood girls versus Giles County, followed by Creek Wood boys versus Marshall County at 5:30pm, CPA girls versus Camden at 7pm, and CPA boys versus Waverly at 8:30pm. Finals will take place on Friday night with the girls playing at 6 and boys final to follow.

Region 6AAA elected to move up their schedule for tonight ahead of the projected winter weather. Dickson County will play at 4:30 against Overton at Franklin High School followed by the  second girls semifinal between Brentwood and Cane Ridge. The boys semifinal is still scheduled for Thursday night starting at 6pm with the both girls and boys finals taking place Friday.

All games Creek Wood and Dickson County games will be broadcast on WDKN 1260 AM and 101.5 The One FM, as well as being available online at RFCSports.com. Check back for more tournament updates as they become available.

 

CW Sweeps Cascade in Region Quarters

The Creek Wood Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks played very different games on Tuesday night, but both sides took lopsided wins to open Region 6-AA Tournament play on Tuesday night. The Lady Red Hawks battled through a sloppy, stagnant game to blast Cascade 52-29, while the Creek Wood boys destroyed the Champions 98-46.

The Lady Red Hawks opened the game 6-0, and led 9-2 before a Kristen Heath three cut the lead to 9-5. Back to back Brianna Spicer baskets made it 13-5 Creek Wood, and as the teams traded baskets McKenzie Haislip drained 2 threes and another bucket to pull CWHS ahead 21-9 to end the first.

A 3-0 run by the Lady Champs to open the second gave the road side a little hope, but a Haislip three negated their progress, and both sides got cold from the floor and started fouling. The sides managed little more than trading baskets, but a final-seconds basket by Caroline Edmondson put Creek Wood ahead 30-16 at the half.

After a 9-7 second quarter, Creek Wood took the third 13-10 in a quarter still plagued by sloppy play and weak three point shooting; neither side scored more than 5 points in a run in the third as the Lady Red Hawks held a 43-26 lead. Creek Wood salted away the win with a 9-3 fourth, opening with a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 50-26. The Lady Red Hawk reserves ground out the final minutes, and Creek Wood took a 52-29 win to advance to the Region Semifinals.

Haislip led all scorers with 17 points and hit 5 of 11 threes; she also had 2 offensive rebounds, 7 total boards, and a steal. Spicer added 12 points, an assist, and an offensive rebound. Arizona Harper had 9 points, while Caroline Edmondson came off the bench for 6 points and 6 rebounds. Shaina Schneider led the way for Cascade with 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Heath added 8 points. Creek Wood out shot the Lady Champions 50% to 29%. The Lady Red Hawks also outscored the much bigger Cascade team in the paint 18-16, while scoring more second chance points (8-7) and owning in points off turnovers 11-2.

The Red Hawk boys had a much more fast paced game, against a squad that had both size and speed, but even on a cold shooting night for the home side the Champions were no match for the District 11-AA Champions from Creek Wood. The Red Hawks opened up a 9-0 lead before Dacota Newcomb scored to make it 9-2. After Isaac Edmondson and Gabe Cummings failed to convert on the ensuing possession, Newcomb drained a three to cut the lead to 9-5. Despite the Champions’ best efforts, they would never get that close again. The Cummings boys would drain threes that Cascade answered with twos, and with the score 15-9 the Red Hawks would miss twice and get an offensive rebound each time before Ross Cummings would draw a foul. He hit both free throws and started a 7-0 run before Austin Gentry stopped the bleeding at 22-11. The sides would trade scores again, but Creek Wood led 27-14 at the end of one.

Neither side could buy a bucket in the second, but a 5-0 Creek Wood run led to a 26-10 period. After a couple of Seth Gardner free throws, the Red Hawks went on another run scoring 9 unanswered before a Gardner trey; on that run, Isaac Edmondson was fouled on a longball effort, and hit all three free tosses. Ultimately, another 9-0 run closed the frame for the Red Hawks, who went to the locker room up 53-24.

Creek Wood dominated the third 28-18, but the Champions made their best charge of the game in that period with back to back longballs by Newcomb and Gardner. An 11-0 run by Creek Wood opened up another massive lead for the Red Hawks 75-37, but Cascade refused to go away. After trading more buckets and mini-runs, the Red Hawks led 81-42 after three. Creek Wood then took over with a 17-4 fourth quarter, dominating even once the reserves cycled in and finishing on a 7-0 run for a 98-46 win. The Red Hawk reserves tried for another 100 point performance, but turnovers and a running clock made them fall just short.

Creek Wood out rebounded the boys from Wartrace and Bell Buckle 43-27, leading to a 17-6 edge in second chance points and an astounding 44-18 advantage in the paint. CWHS also held a 25-15 edge in points off turnovers, and out shot the Champions 58% to 29%. Newcomb led the way for Cascade with 11 points and 4 rebounds, while Lane Simpson came off the bench for 10 points & 4 boards. James Lattimore added 9 points and 6 rebounds, while Gardner added 8 points for the Champs. Creek Wood was led by Ross Cummings with 24 points & 12 rebounds, including 7 second-chance points, 6 offensive boards, 4 threes, and a spinning overhead dunk. Isaac Edmondson had 17 points, 12 in the paint, along with 5 rebounds. Gabe Cummings added 13 points, 3 threes, and 4 rebounds, while Clay Ruf added 11 points off the bench and Easton Aldridge added 10 points and 6 boards in a strategic start.

Creek Wood hosts the Region Tournament, and the Lady Red Hawks are set to play Giles County on Wednesday; however, the threat of inclement weather coupled with a long drive cause the Lady Bobcats to ask for a 3pm tipoff time; the winner gets Camden Central or unbeaten CPA in the Region Championship game on Thursday and gets a Sectional game as well for a spot in the State Tournament. The Creek Wood boys will play Wednesday around 4:30pm right after the girls’ game is done, facing a Marshall County team that beat Camden 46-42 on Tuesday. The winner of that game will also get a spot in the Sectionals, and will face CPA or Waverly in the Region Championship.