Cougars Take Independence Series With A 4-2 Win

Dickson County locked up their second district series win of the season Wednesday night with a 4-2 win over the visiting Eagles of Independence. After grabbing the 3-0 shutout win Tuesday night the Cougars stayed hot behind the bats of Ben Powlas and Trey Grimes along with the “businessman like” performance of Blake Greer on the mound.

Greer got three ground outs in four batters in the top of the first to hold the Eagles in check and get his offense an opportunity. In the bottom of the inning Greer flied out to center on the second pitch he saw. Powlas followed him and took a one and two pitch to deep left center for a solo home run, his fourth of the season, giving Dickson the early 1-0 advantage. Dickson managed another base hit on Bret Lyell’s line drive single to right but failed to bring him around.

Up 1-0, Greer gave up a leadoff single to Adam Martin in the top of the second. A sacrifice bunt moved Martin to second with one out but Greer caught Martin leaning toward third and picked him off for the second out. Garrett Buttrey flied out to Lyell in foul territory to end the inning. Dickson went back to work in the bottom of the second. Grimes lead off with a hard single to left and took second when the throw was slow getting in from left. Santino Miranda tried to bunt Grimes over to third but Trent Starr, the Eagle starter, slipped and fell fielding the bunt. He recovered and threw to first from a seated position, first basemen Cameron Carroll dropped the throw and Grimes came around to score on the error. Starr got Ethan Henley and Collin Brown to end the inning with Dickson now up 2-0.

Greer took control in the third, getting the Eagles to go in order and holding them scoreless through three innings. The Cougars once again found a run in the home half of the third. Greer, helping his own cause, singled to short to start things off. That brought Powlas back to the plate, he took the first pitch he saw to the left field corner for an RBI double, putting Dickson up 3-0. The next three Cougars went in order to end the third.

That score held up until the top of the 6th inning. Luke Jones singled to center on a 2-2 pitch then Tommy Morren hit a hard ground ball to right to put two on with no outs. Greer appeared to labor for the first time all night but struck out the next to batters. A passed ball during the next at bat moved the runners to second and third with two outs. Martin delivered a hard grounder to center to plate Jones and Morren and pull the Eagles within one run 3-2. Greer got Jake Current to roll a ground ball back to the mound and end the inning with Dickson clinging to the one run lead. In the bottom of the 6th, the Cougars got an insurance run. Lyell lead off with a fly out to right but Jack Sensing got on with a hard ground ball back up the box. Grimes singled to center and Sensing moved u to third, Coach Rodney Parker dialed up a squeeze bunt and Sensing scored standing up to make it 4-2 Cougars. Ethan Henley grounded out to second to end the inning.

In the seventh, Buttrey walked on four pitches to start things off for the Eagles. Caleb Reed tried to sacrifice bunt Buttrey over bunt no one cover first base for the Cougars. Reed was safe and Buttrey advanced to third on the play. With runners on the corners Ethan Huner scorched a line drive to first but Lyell snagged it and landed on first base for a double play, Buttrey held tight at third. With two outs, Greer got Jones to ground out to second for the final out and the Cougars won their second straight district series.

Creek Wood baseball played a pair of games schedule for Thursday on Wednesday night instead to try and avoid the rain. The Red Hawks took the first game 13-4 over Goodpasture and topped host team Sycamore 9-2 early on. Nash Faught picked up the win for the Red Hawks. The Lady Cougars got a two run homer from Makray Odom and Payton Grove had a solo shot to give the Lady Cougars a 3-0 over Brentwood. Brooklin Lee was stellar once again with a three hit shut out and 17 strikeouts.

Lee, Lady Cougars Blank Franklin 7-0

The Dickson County Lady Cougars moved to 7-0 (1-0) with a 7-0 blowout of the visiting Franklin Lady Rebels Tuesday night.

Junior Brooklin Lee mowed down the Lady Rebels in the first inning with a  pair of ground outs and her first strike out of the night. In the bottom of the first, Dickson start a methodical offensive onslaught that allowed them to pull away. Selena Crafton walked on the first four pitches she saw, Makray Odom followed with a single which set Payton Grove up with two on and no outs. Grove used a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position for Ashley Scott. Scott appeared to fly out to right field but Catherine Keeton dropped the ball which allowed Scott to reach on a two base error and both runners scored. Back to back ground outs ended the inning but put Dickson up 2-0 after one.

In the second, Franklin got their first baserunner. After a Sydney Smith strikeout, Keeton sent a bounding ball toward third, Keely Buchanan couldn’t handle the ball and Keeton reach on an error. Lee struckout Maddy Sherwood, her pitching counterpart, and the Becca Estes gunned down a courtesy runner moments later to end the inning.

After a leadoff single by Buchanan to start the second, the Lady Cougars went in order still leading 2-0.

Lee tallied two more strikeouts in the top of the third. then in the bottom of the inning Grove and Scott hit back to back singles. Grove moved up to third on the Scott single leaving runners on the corner and one out for Lee. She delivered a ground ball to third, Smith looked Grove back but as soon as the ball was thrown to first the senior broke for home and scored ahead of the throw back from first to put Dickson up 3-0.

Franklin went in order again in the top of the fourth. Buchanan led off the home half of the fourth with a bunt single to third. Keyle Bell sacrificed to move her up but Becca Estes followed with a pop up to the catcher. With two outs, Crafton hit a grounder back to the mound but first basemen Bryanna Lamm mishandled the throw and allowed Crafton to reach. Buchanan came in from second on the overthrow putting Dickson up 4-0 to start the fifth.

Franklin got a walk by Sherwood after the first two batters of the inning stuckout but Lamm struck out to end the inning and the threat by the Lady Rebels. Dickson loaded the bases with three straight single by Scott, Lee, and Allison Pendergrass but only managed to push across one run in the inning when Bell hit a shot back up the middle to center.

Leading 5-0 Lee got Franklin to go in order and had a no hitter through six complete innings. Crafton led off the home half with a single. Odom flew out to right for the first out. Grove followed with a rocket RBI double to left. She advanced to came around to score on a Scott RBI single. Scott was thrown out trying to take second and Lee struck out to end the inning.

Lee surrendered a solid single to Libby Sugg, a BYU signee, to break up the no-no and then allowed a follow up single to Cassie Hayes. With two runners on Lee got strikeout number 10 by K-ing Smith. She then throw out Sugg on a fielders choice for the second out and Sherwood struck out to end the game.

Lee got the win with 11 strikeouts over 7 innings, walked 1 and surrendered a pair of hits. Grove was 2 for 3 with a single, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, playing in the number 28 jersey instead of her traditional number 23 jersey. Tuesday night’s two hits doubled her season total, no word yet on whether she will continue to wear the 28 jersey.

Other scores from Tuesday night; Dickson County baseball got the win over Independence 3-0, Ben Powlas had a two run home run and Brett Lyell pitched a complete game three hit shutout to get the win. The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks got an 8-2 win over East Hickman, Brett Jackson had a pair of home runs in the win. Creek Wood baseball also got the win in extra innings. Zeke Lecomte (pronounced Lecount) got a two run double to tie the game at 7 in the 7th. Tyler Hines knocked in Mathis Duncan for an 8-7 lead in the top of the eighth and the Red Hawks would go on to win 9-7 in 8 innings. Ryan Holley got the win, Hines picked up the save.


CW Baseball Powers Past MC 8-3

What started as a pitchers’ duel turned into a slugfest, but the Creek Wood Red Hawks took down district foe Montgomery Central 8-3 on Monday night in Charlotte.

Kyle Klotz dazzled on the hill again to open the game, retiring the first 5 batters he faced, and his offense propped him up in the bottom of the first. Kyle Heggie drew a bases-loaded, 1-out walk to plate Mathis Duncan, then Zeke Lecomte hit into a fielders’ choice to short. Heggie was out at second, but Paul Rahman scored on the play to make it 2-0. As Blake Bellamy stepped to the plate, Montgomery Central catcher Zack Slay threw over to first, and on the play Tyler Hines tried to steal home; Slay got the return throw, and Hines was called out at the plate, killing the threat and ending the first with the Red Hawks up 2-0.

After just one Indians batter had reached through two innings, the wheels fell off for Creek Wood in the top of the third. Consecutive errors in the field followed by a hit batsman loaded the bases for Devin Prewitt with nobody out. The senior hit a sac fly to score Gavin Bellar and cut the lead in half, then a Bill Hamilton single to right scored Sebastian Dean to tie the game at 2-2.

Creek Wood went in order in the bottom half of the third, and Klotz allowed 2 hits in the top of the fourth before Bellar hit a one-out single to score the pitcher Clayton Walker and give Central a 3-2 lead. Dean reached on an error to load the bases, but Drew Shepard hit into a double play to help the Red Hawks off the hook.

Creek Wood found an answer in the bottom of the fourth, as Klotz singled and Levi Plaster came in as a courtesy runner. Plaster gave the Indian defense fits, and as they tried to keep him close to first he managed to steal second anyway. Heggie reached on an error to short, and Plaster scooted around the bases to tie the game 3-3. Lecomte would hit into a fielder’s choice that gunned down Heggie at second, then Bellamy would strike out, but Dylan DePriest would single to right to score Lecomte and give CWHS the lead back at 4-3. Joe Lynn, Junior would then single, but Walker worked a popup to get out of trouble.

Montgomery Central would get a runner as far as third in the top of the fifth inning, but Klotz escaped with the slim 4-3 edge. Walker retired the Red Hawks in order in the bottom half, but Klotz would spin zeroes in the top of the sixth. Creek Wood came up for its last chance at insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and everything fell apart for the Indians.

After Walker retired the first two batters he faced, pinch-hitter Brendan Dickens singled, then DePriest and Lynn, Jr. walked to load the bases. Central made a pitching change and sent in Zach Norfleet, who promptly allowed a 2-RBI single to Duncan and a 2-RBI double to Rahman to make it 8-3 Red Hawks. After two pitches out of the zone, the Indian coaching staff sprinted out of the dugout and pulled Norfleet for T. J. Sauers; the senior replacement needed just five more pitches to strike out Hines and put out the fire.

Unfortunately for the Indians, the damage was already done. Working with a 5-run lead, Klotz would prove very efficient. After allowing a lead-off walk in the top of the seventh, he would get a first pitch fly out, a third pitch fly out, and a fifth pitch fly out to wrap up a complete game win 8-3 over a district foe from just up the road.

Klotz would need just 101 pitches to work the complete game win, allowing 3 runs but only 1 of them earned. He struck out 4 and scattered 5 hits, walking 3. Walker allowed 7 runs, 5 earned, while Norfleet allowed 1 earned run.

Bill Hamilton went 1-for-3 for the Indians with 1 of Central’s 3 RBI on the day;  Bellar also went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Prewitt went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Duncan and Rahman each went 2-for-4 for the Red Hawks with 2-RBI each; Rahman scored once, while Duncan earned MVP honors as he scored twice and had an incredible leaping grab on a fly out in left-center field as well. Heggie, Lecomte, and DePriest each had RBIs in the win as well.

CW Girls Outlast Lewis

As the cold crept in and the Hohenwald sky darkened, Creek Wood’s early lead got trimmed and the Lady Panther bats woke up. Fortunately for the visitors, the long trip and reasonably long game went the way of CWHS, as the Lady Red Hawks held on for an 8-5 win at Lewis County in District 11-AA softball play.

Freshman Bailey Griffith got the start for Creek Wood on the road, dueling with Kayla Saylon for Lewis County.  The Lady Red Hawks struck first with a 3-run top of the second. Sloan Batey drew a bases-loaded, one-out walk to score Samantha Davenport, then Griffith reached on an error by Saylon that scored Brett Jackson to make it 2-0. DeeAnna Massie scored on a sacrifice fly from Kayla Jackson for the third run, but Saylon got out of the inning by getting Montana Thomas to pop out.

Griffith escaped the bottom of the second allowing just a walk, then the war clubs came back out in the top of the third. Davenport doubled, then Brett Jackson doubled her home, and after a Massey single Delaney Bryant singled to center to score Jackson and make it 5-0 Creek Wood.  Lewis County caught Massey at third, then, got Batey to foul tip the ball into the catcher’s mitt to avoid further damage.

Lewis County would finally find an answer in the bottom of the fourth, as Lexie Carroll was hit by a pitch leading off, made it to second on a one-out walk, and was doubled home by Saylon with two outs to make it 5-1 Creek Wood. In the bottom of the fifth, Olivia Brewer drew a one out walk, then got to second two batters later as Carroll reached on an error. Kendall Bain would knock a two-out double to center to plate Brewer, and it was 5-2 Lady Red Hawks.

Shaky defense by the Lady Panthers helped Creek Wood get those runs back in the top of the sixth. Batey led off and reached on an error by Carroll at short, then Griffith tried to bunt her over and popped up the bunt…which fell just out of the reach of sprawling catcher Alexis Biebers. The sac bunt resulted in the error, and two were aboard; a fly out and a ground out later, Beckey Melton socked a 2-RBI double that sent those errors home to roost and give the Lady Red Hawks a 7-2 edge.

Alyssa Jaide led off the bottom of the sixth and reached on an error, then Saylon followed suit. Two batters later, Gracen Barber singled to load the bases, but Saylon was caught at second for the second out. Brewer stepped up, and instead of making the third out and letting Creek Wood wriggle out of trouble, she reached on the Lady Red Hawks’ third error of the inning and allowed Jaide to score. With runners at the corners and Jaci Duncan at the plate, Brewer stole second; on the throw, Barber stole home to trim the lead to 7-4, but Griffith struck out Duncan to retire the side.

Needing an insurance run heading into the seventh, Brett Jackson crushed a second pitch home run to center to make it 8-4. Other than a Bryant walk, however, the rest of the Lady Red Hawks went quietly. Heading to the bottom half, Griffith got things started with a strike out of Carroll, but Bain lined a single to left. Two batters later, Jaide got hit by a pitch to put two on with two out, then Seylon singled to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate. Biebers then drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk off the freshman Griffin to walk in a run and make it 8-5. With the winning run in the batter’s box, Griffith locked in, needing just just four pitches to get Barber to ground out to third and end the game with Creek Wood on top by three.

Griffith would pick up the win, allowing 5 runs but only 2 earned runs, scattering 7 hits while walking 4, throwing 147 pitches to go the full 7 innings and striking out 8. Saylon needed just 103 pitches to go the distance, allowed 8 runs but only 4 earned runs, and gave up 2 walks and 10 hits while fanning 4.

Saylon and Bain were the only Lady Panthers with 2 hits, and each had 1 of the team’s 3 RBI. Davenport went 3-for-4 on the day and scored twice for Creek Wood, while Melton had 2 RBI on a 1-for-4 day. The Lady Red Hawks had a clear MVP with the bat, however, as Brett Jackson was the only batter with both 3 hits and 2 RBI on the night, and was the only CWHS baserunner to score 3 times herself.

Klotz K’s 9, Shuts Out East Hickman

Kyle Klotz needed 18 pitches to retire the side in order in the top of the first, and it seemed like the power pitcher might be in for a rough day.

That first inning was nearly the hardest Klotz would work all night, as opportunistic offense joined sterling defense as Klotz blanked East Hickman 6-0 in the Red Hawks’ home baseball opener on Monday night.

After Klotz worked a 1-2-3 top of the first, the bats came alive for Creek Wood in the bottom half. Mathis Duncan led off with a single, then Paul Rahman got hit by a pitch. The duo pulled off a double steal during Tyler Hines’ at bat, but he flied out to second and Klotz struck out swinging. Kyle Heggie then wound up in a 2-2 count and fouled off two pitches before launching a 2 RBI double to left. Blake Bellamy would then hit a grounder to third which caused a zany sequence; third baseman Ethan Keller would be charged with an error as his throw to first was off-line and let Bellamy reach first, then first baseman Todd Wilson would be late with the throw home to get Heggie. The throw pegged Heggie in the shoulder and caromed away from catcher Quniton Brown, allowing Bellamy to take second on the play as well. Cody Thomason would settle down, however, and strike out Dylan DePriest to retire the side trailing 3-0.

Klotz cruised in the second, allowing one hit but striking out two, but Thomason faced just four batters in a quick bottom half. In the third, a Cole Keller single put another runner on for East Hickman, then Thomason laid down a bunt and reached on an error by Heggie, putting a runner at second for the second time all day. Klotz responded with a strikeout and a groundout, and wriggled free again.

The Eagles got out of trouble in the bottom of the third with a double play, but Creek Wood answered back with a double play in the top of the fourth, as the game remained 3-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, Creek Wood broke through again. Duncan led off and reached on an error, then reached second on another error and third on a Rahman groundout. Hines was awarded first base on a catcher’s interference call that incensed Eagles’ head coach Chris Parker, and the former Forrest coach was nearly confined to the dugout. Coach Parker made a pitching change at that points, sending Thomason to center field and tossing out his slower-throwing designated hitter Dillon Graves instead. Klotz was Graves’ first task, and the Red Hawks’ pitcher worked a long at bat; Graves tried to pick off Hines at second during the at-bat, but Cole Keller couldn’t handle it and was saddled with an error as Duncan scored and Hines wound up at third. Klotz foul tipped a payoff pitch into Brown’s glove for a strikeout, but Heggie singled to left to score Hines and make it 5-0. The catcher Brown would pick off Heggie at first on a strike to second baseman Cole Keller, but the Red Hawks had extended the lead already with a 2-run bottom of the 5th, putting East behind the eight ball with just 6 outs left.

Klotz allowed back to back singles in the top of the 6th, but another double play ended the threat. Creek Wood answered back in the bottom half as two Red Hawks were hit by pitches around a Zeke Lecomte single, then a Duncan sacrifice fly scored DePriest. Graves struck out Rahman to end the 6th, but the Eagles would need 6 runs in the top of the 7th to keep playing. Instead, Klotz struck out the side to pick up a complete game shutout.

Kyle Heggie would lead the way offensively for the Red Hawks, going 2-for-2 with 3 RBI, a run scored, and a walk. Zeke Lecomte went 2-for-3, while Mathis Duncan went 1-for-3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.

Cody Thomason would be saddled with the loss for East Hickman, lasting 4 and 1/3 innings and allowing 5 runs–2 earned–4 hits, and 2 walks while striking out 4. Game MVP Kyle Klotz needed just 82 pitches for a complete-game 7-inning shutout, scattering 5 hits while striking out 9 and walking none. The senior pitcher was so dominant in the win that he didn’t allow a runner past second base on the night.

Across the grounds, the Lady Red Hawks had a very different experience against Montgomery Central. The Lady Indians got a 4-0 lead early and looked ready to hang on, but Creek Wood wrapped up an impressive rally with a walk-off 2-run double to win 5-4.

Baseball And Softball Broadcasts Kick Off This Week

RFC Sports will begin our coverage of high school baseball and softball starting this week. With weather playing a big roll in the schedule last week we made the decision to put off the beginning of our broadcast schedule until March 16th. Today’s featured game is East Hickman at Creek Wood baseball in an early season  district match up at 7pm on WDKN and The One FM. On Tuesday, Amp and Freeman will travel to Northeast high school for an out of district Lady Cougars softball game at 5pm. The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks travel to Lewis County on Wednesday at 4:30 on WDKN and The One FM and we wrap up our week at Shelby Rye Field with Dickson baseball hosting Dyer County. All of these games are weather permitting with a rain chance in the forecast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Check back soon for a tentative schedule of RFC Sports’ broadcasts for the season.

Red Hawk Down–CW Season Ends in Murfreesboro

The Creek Wood Red Hawks had the best boys’ basketball season in school history this season, going 33-2 on the year. Unfortunately for the Red Hawks, that second loss came in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA Class AA Boys’ Basketball State Tournament, as Fulton held off Creek Wood 71-63 in the nightcap at Murphy Center.

Both sides struggled shooting the ball on the grand stage, and the game was a back-and-forth defensive duel in the first, though Fulton came out ahead 13-11. Creek Wood actually shot the ball better than the Falcons in the first half by a mark of 39.1% to 38.7%, but Fulton took 7 more shots than the Red Hawks. Also of note, Fulton went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the first half while the sharp-shooting Red Hawks went just 1-for-6; the Falcons took the second 17-13 and stretched their lead to 30-24 at the break, though Creek Wood managed to cut the lead to 1 before another Fulton run. A late jumper by Ross “Chico” Plunkett trimmed the lead to 3 before a Larry Roe buzzer-beating three put the margin at 6 to end the half.

After a run of sloppy play by both sides to start the second half, Fulton went on a 6-0 run to balloon the lead back to 34-26 with 5:15 left in the third. Threes by Gabe Cummings and Coulter Dotson cut the lead to 6 again, but a Markese Sheely layup stopped the bleeding for a moment. Ross Cummings would lift the Red Hawks higher, however, scoring a jumper, then getting a layup soon after off a Sheely turnover to cut the lead to 38-34 with 3:17 left in the frame. Fulton would call a time-out, then go on a 4-0 run to double the lead back to 8 again. The sides would haggle over the margin, but a solid finish by senior posts Isaac Edmondson and Easton Aldridge helped Creek Wood win the quarter 18-17 and trail just 47-45 going into the final 8-minute quarter.

The Red Hawks made serious charges at the Falcon lead in the first few minutes of the fourth. Ross Cummings cut a 6 point lead to 4 with a layup to make it 48-44 Fulton with 6:44 left, but Kentel Williams answered with a layup of his own. Isaac Edmondson hit a layup with 5:24 left in the game, then Ross Cummings drew a foul and hit 1-of-2 free throws to trim the lead to 50-47 with 4:59 left. After the sides traded baskets, Fulton went on a 6-0 run to blow the lead back out to 9, 49-58 with 3:37 left.

Tyler Turpin threw up a three that missed, but Aldridge continued to dominate the boards and dished to Plunkett for a two, then Dotson drew a foul and hit both shots to narrow the margin to 58-53 with just 2:57 left. Fulton was not to be denied, however, going on a 6-0 run with nothing but free throws to extend their lead to 64-53 with just 1:32 left.  As the final seconds dragged on with poor foul shooting from the Falcons and fouls called on both sides, the Red Hawks were able to narrow the deficit to 6, 65-59 with 48 seconds left, after a couple of Plunkett free throws, but a pair of Kentel Williams tosses with 19 seconds left put the lead back to 10, and Fulton hung on for an 8 point win 71-63.

Bruising Fulton center Joe Kimber led the way for the Falcons with 16 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Roe, Sheely, and Yasmond Fenderson finished with 11 points each. Ross Cummings had a team-high 13 points for Creek Wood, but the Red Hawks were led by senior Aldridge, who finished his final game with a double-double, 12 points and 14 rebounds. Aldridge had 6 offensive boards, 2 assists, and a block, all coming off the bench. Plunkett added 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Edmondson added 10 and 6. Fulton out-shot the Red Hawks from three point range 57% to 19%, but both sides were under 62% from the free throw line.

The Red Hawks will finish the best season in boys’ basketball history with the tough loss, but will return much of this team as only Aldridge, Edmondson, and Turpin are seniors. Three of the five starters return, as do four of the first seven players in the rotation.

Fulton advances to the semifinal round of the State Tournament Friday night to take on Ripley, which pulled away from Chattanooga Central 84-69. The winner will play for a State Championship on Saturday night, taking on either CPA, which beat Brainerd 77-43 and has still not lost against a Tennessee team, or Haywood, which outlasted Carter 74-69.


Boys State Tourney Starts Today, Red Hawks Play Tomorrow

The Creek Wood Red Hawk (33-1) take on the Fulton Falcons (26-4) at roughly 6pm on Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the AA Boys State Championship at the MTSU Murphy Center in Murfreesboro. Creek Wood comes in with only one loss on the season, coming at the hands of CPA in the Region 6AA final. CPA went on to make the “Elite Eight” as well and are on the opposite side of the bracket from the Red Hawks. Creek Wood joined the field with a 67-59 Sectional win over Pearl Cohn last week. Fulton advanced with a 64-50 win over Elizabethton in their Sectional game.

Games start on Thursday at 10am with the third of four Single A games between Loretto and Van Buren County. Single A wraps up at 11:30 with Hampton and Union City then a stretch of four straight AA games concludes the quarterfinal round. The tournament begins today at 10am with Brentwood and White County followed by three AAA games and the first two Single A games.

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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.