Lady Cougars Lock Up District, Cougars Drop Heartbreaker

The Lady Cougars picked up their first district 11-AAA regular season title since joining the league in 2013 with a 46-32 win over Ravenwood. Dickson dealt with foul trouble all night. In the first half, Lainey Reed had three fouls, Reagan Purvine and Kailey Rosenbaum each collected two fouls which meant extra floor time for Cierra Smith. Smith took advantage of the opportunity and trailed only Lea Lea Carter in points with 12 points on 4 of 4 shooting from three point range. Smith’s strong night pushed Dickson over the top in a strong defensive showing. With the teams tied at 10 after one quarter, Dickson held Ravenwood to just five points in the second quarter and led 23-15 at the half. The Lady Cougars continued to pull away in the second half. With 5:50 left to play and Dickson holding a double figure lead, the Lady Cougars spread the floor and evaded the defense to run the clock down en route to the 46-32 final. Carter led Dickson with 19 points to go along with Smith’s 12. The win gave Dickson the regular season district title, a first round bye in the district tournament, and an automatic berth into the region tournament.

The Cougars had their hearts broken again Tuesday night. After holding Ravenwood to three points in the first quarter, Dickson played even in the second quarter and led 25-17 at the half behind solid defense and timely shooting. In the second half the Cougars saw a script repeat itself. A 10-4 third quarter let Ravenwood back in the game heading into the fourth. Walker Purvine got a two, drew a charge and then hit a three to start the fourth but things spiraled downhill from there. Ravenwood responded with an 11-2 run to take the lead. Dickson caught back to tie the game at 39 and 41 but trailing 43-41 the Cougars lost a rebound out of bounds to Ravenwood that seemed to seal the win for the Raptors. After knocking down a pair of free throws the to make it 45-41 the Raptors proceeded to run the clock down an wrap up the victory. Dickson got one last bucket from Darian Burns as time expired for the final score of 45-43. The Cougars were led by Trey Weidman with 14 points, Walker Purvine added 11.

Lady Cougars Inch Closer to Top Seed, Cougars Drop Another Close One

The Lady Cougars drew another win closer to the top seed in 11-AAA with a 54-35 victory over Independence on Friday night. Dickson jumped out early while clamping down the defensive pressure. Their stout defense held the Lady Eagles to just three points in the first eight minutes while Dickson built an 18-3 lead. In the second quarter, the roles seemingly reversed; Dickson only mustered five points in the quarter while Independence rattled off a 12 point period. Dickson’s leader, Lea Lea Carter, was held to just four points in the first half but got things going in the second half, on her way to a 20 point night. Despite the second half surge for Carter, the Lady Eagles cut the lead to five. 26-21, on a Gabby Wiggins three pointer in the third. The Lady Cougars closed the quarter on an 11-4 run to pull away again, 37-25, heading into the fourth quarter. Dickson finally put things away in the last quarter and closed out the Lady Eagles 54-35. Carter finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double. Emily Beard aided 14 for Dickson. Friday night was the first night Kailey Rosenbaum was not in double figures since she started coming off the bench for Dickson County.

The script for the Cougars seemed very familiar as they took a 54-42 loss to Independence. Facing the top team in the district the Cougars could have easily presumed defeat but instead Dickson fought tooth and nail for 32 minutes. A slow start may have been the key to the Cougars loss. After Dickson missed several ‘chip shots’ early, the Eagles settled in and pulled away to a 18-4 lead after one quarter. Dickson answered in the second quarter, closing on an 11-0 run to make it 24-19 at the half. The Cougars used a 6-2 run to start the second half and cut the lead to just one point at 26-25. Grayson Murphy turned the ball over to DIckson but the Cougars failed to convert and Independence answered, regaining control. Heading into the fourth quarter Dickson trailed by just five, but seven straight points from Murphy opened things up for the Eagles. Dickson cut the lead to eight on a Hunter Wolcott three pointer but could get no closer. Wolcott led the Cougars with 13 points, no other Cougar was in double figures.

Dickson suits up to take on Ravenwood on Monday. A win from the Lady Cougars would wrap up the district.

No Doubt: CW Takes Care of Business at Hickman

The Creek Wood Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks are racing through the last of their regular season district games. Neither team has suffered a loss in district. Both have locked up the number one seed in the district tournaments, meaning they get to host a semifinal game in just over a week. All that’s left now is to win the games left on the slate, and stay perfect.

Friday night in Centerville, it was mission accomplished.

The Creek Wood girls took down the winless Hickman County Lady Dawgs 47-19. Jessica Small, a big part of the earlier matchup in Charlotte, was held to just 2 points through three quarters for Hickman County, before getting 7 in the fourth for a team-best 9 points on the night. McKenzie Broadway nailed 3 three-pointers in the first quarter while Caroline Edmondson poured in 7 points, leading Creek Wood to a 16-4 first quarter. A 15-4 second saw Broadway add her fourth longball, Hadley Williams chip in 5 points, and Edmondson 3, as the visitors built a 31-8 halftime lead.

As Creek Wood was without Reagan Hohl (Achilles), Rachel McCutchen (concussion), and Sam Morgan (LCL sprain), along with Julie Nunnemaker and Riley Killian who were already done for the season with ACL injuries, depth was a concern for Creek Wood. However, the Lady Red Hawks brought up some girls from junior varsity to round out the roster to 12 active players, and used a unique substitution pattern that saw Ally Kerr start over Taylor Moore, then saw both play together to anchor the second group and flow girls in and out. Moore, Sam England, and Josie Neblett each had 2 points in a 6-4 third, and after Edmondson and Kerr each hit a couple of free throws the reserves salted away a 10-7 fourth for a 47-19 total-team win.

A total of 10 players scored for Creek Wood, led by Edmondson and Broadway with 12 each and Broadway with 4 threes. Williams added 5 points and a three, while England and Lydia Edmondson each added 4. After Small’s 9 points, Hickman County was led by Catie Cannon with 6, while both Nikita Hudgins and Reagan Qualls each added 2.

The boys’ game started with a bit of excitement, as Hickman County stuck with the Red Hawks as the score climbed into the mid teens. Creek Wood built a lead, then the Bulldogs cut the lead down to one a couple of times before the visitors would go on another tear. Ross Cummings had 4 threes and 14 points in the first as the Red Hawks led 23-17 after one. After that, the rout was on, as Creek Wood raced to a 98-72 win in Centerville.

Chico Plunkett caught fire in the 27-17 second quarter, canning a pair of threes in a 9 point effort, while Coulter Dotson added 6 points and Cummings 5. Brian Sensing led the way for the Bulldogs, following a 6 point first quarter with an 8 point second. Nick Bentley added a three in the first and a three in the second.

A 35-22 third helped Creek Wood put the game in cruise control, as Ross Cummings added 8 points and 2 more threes while Gabe Cummings had 3 threes and 11 points of his own. Dotson added added his first three in an 11 point quarter, while Plunkett added a basket and Clay Ruf hit a three. For the Bulldogs, Caleb Lane caught fire, pouring in 10 points while Sensing added 6, but it didn’t stop the Red Hawks from growing a 50-34 lead up to 85-56 heading into the fourth.

Hickman County actually won the fourth 16-13, but the Creek Wood crowd was more concerned with the Red Hawk reserves hitting 100 points than with the Bulldogs cutting into the lead. Lane added 5 points in the fourth for Hickman County, while Bentley and Nathan Clinard added 4 each and Sensing hit a three. However, Creek Wood kept the Bulldogs at bay as Dotson had 4 points on free throws, Devon Higgins hit his second three of the day, and Ross Cummings added a bucket. The reserves came close to triple digits, but Creek Wood had to settle for a 98-72 win on the road.

Sensing led the way for Hickman County with 23 points, while Lane added 17 and Bentley 11. Ross Cummings had a game-high 29 points for the Red Hawks including 6 threes, while Dotson added 21 points. Plunkett had 15 points, while Ruf and Gabe Cummings each added 11 in the win.

Creek Wood has just 2 doubleheaders left before the playoffs start–a trip to East Hickman on Tuesday night, and a home game against Waverly on Thursday to make up the game that was cancelled due to flooding. Either way, the Lady Red Hawks are scheduled to host a district playoff game the following Tuesday, and the boys will host that Wednesday. With wins, Creek Wood would play in the semifinal games that Friday and either championships or consolation games that Saturday, all held at Waverly Central.

DC Gets a Pair of Big Wins Over Franklin

For the first time in 2016 both the Cougars and Lady Cougars came away with a district win on Friday night.

ThelAdy Cougars picked up a 59-35 win over Franklin behind the stellar play of senior Lea Lea Carter. Thing started slowly for Dickson following the Coming Home festivities, including the crowning of Queen Lainey Reed and King Hunter Wolcott. The first quarter saw just two Lady Cougars score all of the team’s 12 points. Carter tallied the first five points of the game and Kailey Rosenbaum scored four after coming in off the bench. Leading 12-9 Dickson got the offense cranked up in the second quarter behind three three pointers from Emily Beard. The strong shooting and dominant defense of the second quarter helped Dickson build a 30-15 lead at the half. Out of the break Beard, Carter, and Rosenbaum picked up right where they left off. The trio scored all 14 of Dickson’s points in the third quarter and maintained a 44-24 edge with eight minutes left. Dickson went to the bench midway through the final frame after pulling away for the 59-35 final. Beard led all scorers with 21 points on seven made three pointers but Carter had a night worthy of a McDonald’s All-American, posting an 18 point, 15 rebound, double-double, Rosenbaum also added 12 off the bench for Dickson. The win was the 20th win for the 2016 Lady Cougars, the 100th career win for seniors Carter, Lainey Reed, and Yasmine Daniel, and the 250th career coaching win for Coach Greg Tipps.

The Cougars and King Wolcott showed no side effects of the pregame extracurriculars as they jumped out to a 14-11 lead after the first quarter. Dickson continued to build on the lead in the second quarter but Franklin surged late in the half. Trailing the Cougars 21-14, the Rebels went on a 7-0 run including a buzzer beating three pointer to tie things up at the break. In the second half, Franklin took an early lead, 26-23, but the Dickson guards put on a dribble drive clinic to slowly pull away from the Rebels. Trey Wiedman provide the biggest spark with five points during an 11-2 run the Cougars used to close out the third quarter up 34-28. In the fourth, Dickson got the first five points of the quarter and maintained a double digit lead most of the quarter. A late push by Franklin trimmed the lead to 47-42. Weidman received a full court pass from Jacob Murphree to set up an easy layup on the next play for Cougars. After a series of turnovers for both teams the Rebels scored and cut the lead to 49-44 and started the ‘foul game.’ After Dickson missed 3-of-4 from the line, Franklin hit a three to cut the lead to 50-47 but Wolcott iced the game with a pair of free throws with less than 10 seconds remaining to seal the win 52-47. Wolcott was the only Cougar in double figures with his 17 point, 11 rebound, double-double. Dickson had 7 Cougars score in total.

Both teams will now get ready for Tuesday night’s matchup with Ravenwood. After Brentwood topped Ravenwood on Friday, the Lady Cougars could lock up the district with a win over the Lady Raptors. The Cougars need a win over Ravenwood to climb back into the middle of the district and avoid another matchup with Centennial in the first round of the district playoffs.


CW Takes Care of Business at Lewis Co

Snow caused Creek Wood to move last Friday’s game at Lewis County to be moved to this Thursday. It was then moved to this Saturday, first to 4pm and then to 5pm. In the meantime, Creek Wood went out of district for a trip to Bellevue, and the Red Hawk boys nearly gave away a 20-point lead to Nashville Christian. With all the distractions and disruptions in routine, it would be easy to explain away any letdowns in a Saturday afternoon trip to Hohenwald. However, no excuses were necessary, and both Creek Wood squads secured double-digit wins over Lewis County, and in so doing guaranteed no worse than a tie for first place in District 11-AA.

The Creek Wood girls started off flat, as the Lady Panthers got their inside game working well. Landree Carroll hit an inside jumper, and Lainey Bell converted a basket-and-one opportunity to make it 5-0 Lewis County. After that, the Lady Red Hawks turned it on. Creek Wood scored 16 in a row to end the first up 16-5, then turned the 16-0 run into an 18-0 and ultimately a 25-3 stretch to make it 25-10 Lady Red Hawks. Lewis County was able to right the ship, but Creek Wood took the second 13-11 and led 29-16 at the half. A 16-11 third helped extend the margin, and the Lady Red Hawks held on for a 57-40 win.

Caroline Edmondson turned a 9 point first half output into a 21 point night for Creek Wood, while McKenzie Broadway added 10 points and 2 threes, and both Reagan Hohl and Sam Killian each had 8 points. Taylor Arledge came off the bench and scored 23 points for Lewis County, while Lainey Bell scored 10 points despite fouling out.

The Creek Wood boys traded the lead with Lewis County at first, but pulled away and led 16-6 after one. Ross Cummings and Coulter Dotson each had a three and 5 points in the first. Chico Plunkett followed a 4 point first quarter with a 9 point second, while Devon Higgins came off the bench for a pair of threes and Dotson added another 5 points as the Red Hawks took the frame 24-16. Lewis County big man Braden Powell had a three in the first, but 5 more points in the second, while Mason True and Donovan Connor each had 4 points in the second.

True exploded for 10 points and 2 threes in the third, but the Red Hawks pulled away with a 23-17 third, growing a 40-22 halftime lead into a 63-39 score going into the fourth. Higgins added 2 more threes in the third as did Aaron Daniel, while Ross Cummings had 5 points. The benches emptied in the fourth, but Creek Wood took the final stanza 12-11 for a 75-51 victory.

Plunkett had 15 points to lead the Red Hawks, while Dotson had 14 and Higgins 12 on 4 threes. Daniel and Cummings each had 10 points in the win. True led Lewis County with a game-high 21 including 3 threes, while Powell had 10 points and Connor 8.

Creek Wood returns home Tuesday night against Waverly Central.

CW Boys Almost Give One Away at Nashville Christian

Creek Wood stepped out of district to renew a rivalry with Nashville Christian on Friday night. The Lady Red Hawks had little trouble with the Lady Eagles, but the Red Hawk boys very nearly paid the price for not putting away Nashville Christian. A fourth quarter collapse led to an Eagle rally, but Creek Wood held on for a tense 2-point win.

The Creek Wood girls won each quarter solidly, en route to a 58-29 win. Caroline Edmondson was the point of emphasis for the Lady Red Hawk attack, scoring 7 points in the 15-8 first quarter and 7 more in the 15-8 second quarter. Up 30-16 at the half, Creek Wood was unable to gain ground in a 10-10 third as Brittan Jarrell had 5 points for Nashville Christian while Sonja Shelton added a basket and one and Mia Curtis had a score. However, Taylor Moore and Reagan Hohl each hit for 7 points in the fourth in an 18-3 Red Hawk fourth to secure the win.

Edmondson finished with 22 points in the victory, while Moore added 10 and Hohl 9. Shelton led the Lady Eagles with 11 points, while Curtis added 7 and Jarrell 5 off the bench.

The Red Hawks had little trouble with the homestanding Nashville Christian Eagles through three quarters. Ross “Chico” Plunkett and Coulter Dotson each hit a pair of threes in a 24-14 first quarter, and each added 5 points in an 18-15 second while Clay Ruf chipped in 8 first half points.

Up 42-29 at the half, Creek Wood buried the Eagles by 20 points in the third led by Devon Higgins’ pair of threes and 6 more points from Plunkett, and finished out the third up 19 points as an 18-12 quarter led to a 60-41 lead. The Red Hawks lost the accelerator in the fourth, but Nashville Christian found it, trimming the lead down more and more as Jaylon Jackson had 8 points and Zell Walker continued to lead his squad with 8 points in back to back quarters. Trying to salt away the win, Creek Wood turned ice cold from the free throw line, making just one free toss in the entire second half. The Eagles capitalized, and a huge Austin Bishop three coupled with a stop helped set up Nashville Christian School for a comeback for the ages. Unfortunately for the capacity crowd on Pink Out Night, big man and three point specialist Brant Lawless missed a buzzer-beater three from the left wing that would have given the Eagles a walk-off win, and the Red Hawk faithful could let out a sigh of relief. A 22-5 fourth notwithstanding, Creek Wood held on for a 65-63 win, and got out of Bellevue with the sweep.

Plunkett led the way with a team-high 21 points and 3 threes, while Dotson had 15 points and 3 treys of his own. Ruf added 8 points for the Red Hawks. Walker had a 28 point output for Nashville Christian, scoring 6 or more points in each quarter, while Jackson added 10 points–8 in the fourth–and Lawless added 9.

Creek Wood battles Lewis County in Hohenwald on Saturday afternoon, to lock up a share of first place in the district.

Dickson Posts Mirror Image Games Against Centennial

The Lady Cougars blew out Centennial on senior night 61-32. After four minutes Dickson held a 2-0 lead after both teams struggled with turnovers. Moments later at the end of the first Dickson was in front 13-0 and Centennial was teetering on the brink of a blowout. Hot three point shooting ignited the Lady Cougars in the second quarter as they extended the lead to 28-10 at the half. In the third quarter, Lea Lea Carter put on a clinic with multiple rebounds, assists, and baskets as Dickson out scored Centennial 21-12 in their best offensive quarter of the night. The fourth quarter once again turned into backup minutes and Dickson iced the game 61-32. Emily Beard had 18 points , Carter had a 14 point, 15 rebound, 10 assist triple-double, and Kailey Rosenbaum had 14 points off the bench.

Despite big nights from Hunter Wolcott and Walker Purvine, the Cougars were blown away by Centennial 78-51. Early on Dickson had momentum and rhythm. Purvine opened the scoring with a three and moments later Wolcott hit a two point shot but that was the only two pointer of the first half. The rest of the half the Centennial defense forced the Cougars to shoot from outside or the charity stripe. Purvine had three three pointers in the first half but Dickson trailed big, 35-18 at the half. In the third, Dickson came out shooting and got as close as 12 points but Centennial responded with authority and steadily built a 21 point lead heading to the fourth. In the fourth both team sent out the reinforcements early and got the backups some minutes on the way to a 76-51 final. Dickson turned the ball over 23 times on the night, which lead to 31 Centennial points. The Cougars were led by Hunter Wolcott who had 13 points, 11 coming in the second half, and Walker Purvine who had 12 points.

Friday night Dickson hosts Franklin at 6pm

Central Improves, but CW Rolls

The second trip through the district is typically harder, and Creek Wood is finding some of its 11-AA opponents to be more of a challenge the second time out. Montgomery Central was much improved in girls’ and boys’ basketball when they made the trip to Creek Wood on Tuesday night.

The outcome remained the same, two lopsided wins for Creek Wood, but the Indians and Lady Indians played competitive ball for stretches of the doubleheader sweep against the hosts, who are all alone atop the district and trying to lock up number one seeds.

The Lady Red Hawks started slowly, and Montgomery Central tied the game at 2-2 and 4-4, with baskets by Brooke Christy and Addison Dailey. Creek Wood answered the bell with a 10-0 run and won the quarter 14-4 to set the stage. The Lady Red Hawks essentially ran away and hid, winning each quarter by 5 points or more, but the Lady Indians did make a few runs before Creek Wood put them away by a score of 62-27. Caroline Edmondson followed a 6 point first quarter with 6 more in the second, while McKenzie Broadway had a three and 7 total points in the 22-9 second quarter, while Rachel McCutchen had 2 threes and Reagan Hohl added a trey of her own.

Up 36-13 at the break, a 12-5 third helped the Lady Red Hawks pull away, as Taylor Moore followed a 5 point first quarter with a pair of treys in the third quarter. Broadway added another three and 5 total points in the quarter. Coach Tom Mullinicks worked his way down the bench in a 14-9 fourth quarter, and the reserves responded. Hohl had a three and 8 total points in the frame, while Sam England had 4 points and Josie Neblett added a basket.

Broadway led all scorers with 15 points and 3 threes, while Moore had 11 points and 3 threes and Hohl had 11 points and 2 threes. Christy and Lindsay Lafferty led the Lady Indians with 7 points each, while Dailey added 4.

The boys’ game was very different from the girls’ contest. The scoring was higher. The game seemed put away earlier, but was in question at times in the middle section of the contest. And the game was much more chippy and tense. In the end, the Red Hawks salted away an 86-69 win, but the game was not without its controversy.

The Indians tried to match Creek Wood’s tempo on offense, and it backfired leading to sloppy play and turnovers. The Red Hawks led 25-14 as Coulter Dotson and Ross “Chico” Plunkett nailed a pair of threes each, while Ross Cummings had 5 points including a basket and one. Demarcus Brewer, a physical player who could score inside and shoot the three for Montgomery Central, had 5 points as did Ben Nelson.

In the second quarter, Creek Wood built up a 22 point lead, but never put the game away. Central rallied back and cut the game to 12 before the Red Hawks got a bucket and went to the locker room up 14 at 46-32. Dotson added 2 more threes in the second, while Cummings added a three and Plunkett had 2 threes and a total of 14 points at the half. For the Indians, 4 players had 4 points each in the second including Brewer, Trey Spencer, and physical forward Jacob Hite.

Montgomery Central would not go away to open the third, and the Indians trimmed the lead back to 12 before the momentum returned for the Red Hawks. A basket and a three by Ross Cummings plus a pair of scores from Clay Ruf were the only field goals for Creek Wood in a 19-15 quarter that put the home team up 65-47 going into the fourth. Free throws were key, as Gabe Cummings went 5-for-5 at the line in the third, and twin brother Ross went 4-for-4. Brewer had 6 points in the period for Central, while Jarius Satterfield had a bucket and reserve Matthew Trotter had 3 points.

The hungry Indians did not accept defeat lightly in a scrappy game that saw both sides question the officiating. Even Creek Wood took the contest 86-69, Central won the final frame 22-21.  Ross Cummings had a three and 8 points in the fourth while Dotson added 7 points, but Jordan Nelson fouled out with 6 fourth-quarter points for the Indians while Hite and Brewer each had 4. A total of 7 Indians scored in the fourth, but the rally was just not enough to knock off the defending district champions.

Brewer led the way for Montgomery Central with 19 points, while 4 players had 8 points each–Nelson, Satterfield, Spencer, and Hite. Plunkett and Ross Cummings each had a game-high 23 points for Creek Wood. Plunkett had 5 made threes, while Cummings had 2 threes and a two-handed alley-oop dunk. Dotson added 4 treys and 21 points, while Gabe Cummings had 11 points and Ruf 8.

Creek Wood returns to action Friday night at Nashville Christian on, then plays Saturday afternoon at 5pm at Lewis County. The game was originally slated for last Friday, but was moved to this Thursday before being moved to Saturday. The Saturday start time was 4pm, before being moved again to 5pm.

Beard’s 7 Threes Power Lady Cougars, Cougars Fall in OT

The Lady Cougars rebounded in district play with a 64-44 win over Summit on Thursday night. Dickson jumped out early and never looked back on their way to another 11-AAA blowout. After taking a 10-1 lead and forcing a timeout in the first quarter, the Lady Cougars played fairly even with Summit, taking a 21-11 lead into the second. A 6-0 run to start the quarter and a 7-0 run to end it allowed Dickson to go up by 16, 37-21 at the half. In the second half Dickson continued to pull away behind a strong shooting performance. The lead expanded to 27 before Summit stabilized for the final margin of 64-44. Dickson shot 60% from the floor and 63% from three point range. Emily Beard led Dickson with 26 points, including 7 three pointers. Kailey Rosenbaum came off the bench for the second straight game and scored 12 points. Lea Lea Carter had 12 points as well and Lainey Reed chipped in 10.

The Cougars took another heartbreaking loss on Thursday 53-40 in overtime at Summit. Dickson jumped out to a 9-0 lead and force a Spartan timeout that settled the home team. Summit closed the first quarter on an 8-0 but Dickson clung to the lead. The Cougars started strong again in the second before John Carter tied things up at 15 with back to back shots for Summit. Dickson responded with a 7-0 run and took a 22-19 lead into halftime. Jayden Lewis gave the Spartans their first lead of the game at the end of the third quarter 26-24 and Summit held all the momentum heading to the fourth quarter. The Spartans used that momentum to build a 37-29 lead with two and a half minutes to go in the game. Dickson closed out regulation in clutch style on a 9-1 run, aided by Spartan free throw misses, that set up overtime. Dickson had a chance to play for the win with 20 second remaining. Off a pair of Carter free throw misses Hinter Wolcott turned the ball over with Dickson trailing 37-36, Carter missed one of his two ensuing free throws and Dickson got a chance to tie with 11.2 seconds left. Trey Weidman slipped behind the defense and was fouled on a lay up attempt. He knocked down both free throws to send the game to overtime. In overtime it was all Spartans, they jumped out to a 47-38 lead and never looked back on the way to the 53-40 final. Dickson was led by Wolcott who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Cougars held the hot shooting Spartans to just 25% from three point range and 39% from the floor.

Both teams now get ready for Centennial Tuesday night.


Despite Drama, CW Earns Sweep at Waverly

When Waverly and Creek Wood get together in basketball, tempers typically flare at some point. The boys’ rivalry has been particularly intense in recent years, as the Tigers were the last team to hand Creek Wood a regular season district loss. Though Thursday night was the two year anniversary of that loss, the only real drama came from a third quarter altercation in the boys’ game. Otherwise, the visitors came away with double-digit wins, and took care of business despite worries about winter weather the next morning.

The Waverly girls were greatly improved since last season, but the Lady Red Hawks were intent on avoiding a repeat performance after needing overtime to take out Fairview on Tuesday night. Caroline Edmondson attacked for 8 points in the first quarter, and despite 6 points from Allanna Brooks and 4 from Leanna Moore, Creek Wood led 15-10 at the end of one. The Tigerettes rallied in the second as Ansley Graves hit a three and Moore added a basket plus a free throw, but the Lady Red Hawks had an answer again. Edmondson struck for 6 more, while Taylor Moore added 4, and a 12-10 quarter grew the Creek Wood lead to 27-20 at the half.

Ally Kerr led the charge for the physical Lady Red Hawk defense in the third, and Creek Wood took the frame 8-6 for a 35-26 edge. Edmondson added 3 more points, while Moore and Sam Killian struck for baskets; Waverly countered with just two made field goals–a three each by Graves and Kaylie McIllwain. Once Creek Wood got the lead into double digits, the margin remained around 10 for much of the night, and despite Waverly’s best efforts to make a comeback the Lady Red Hawks took the fourth 13-10 for a 48-36 win. Killian had a basket-and-one for Creek Wood in the fourth, while Moore had 4 points and the trio of Edmondson, McKenzie Broadway, and Elayna Gass each had 2 points. For Waverly, Brooks scored for the first time since the first quarter and added 5 points, while McIllwain had 4 and Moore just 1, as their rally came up short.

Edmondson finished the night with 19 points, while Moore had 10 and Killian 7 for the Lady Red Hawks, while Broadway added 5, Gass 4, and the defensive specialist Kerr added 3. Creek Wood won without hitting a single three pointer on the night. Brooks led the way for Waverly with 11 points, while McIllwain added 9 and Moore 8.

The boys’ game was not too different from the girls’ game, with ebbs and flows but with Creek Wood standing out as the better team. The Red Hawks started off hot with a couple of threes, but Waverly made it a game early. Creek Wood was up 9-4 before a mini run made it 9-8; the Red Hawks reeled off 10 unanswered to get some breathing room, and at the end of one led 22-12. Jemykal Smith had 5 points including a three and Taylor Rudolph added 3 points for Waverly, but the three was kind to Creek Wood; Ross “Chico” Plunkett had 3 threes and 10 points in the first, while Gabe Cummings hit a three and Clay Ruf had some key rebounds and a basket-and-one.

Things tightened up in the second quarter. The Tigers got to the line more, and managed 8 points just on free throws as they tried to cut into the Creek Wood lead. Trey Tidwell hit a big three and had 5 points, while Chasen Warren used his physical post play to offer 6 points and Jordan Hughey broke free for 4 points on the post as a demonstrative leader of the Tiger squad. Creek Wood had an answer, however, as Ross Cummings hit 2 big threes and had 10 points in the frame while twin brother Gabe hit his second longball of the night. Plunkett canned another 3 and had 5 points in the quarter, and Coulter Dotson’s second basket of the half capped a 20-19 Red Hawk frame that stretched the halftime lead to 42-31.

Both sides came out of the locker room fired up, and Hughey added a couple of free throws and a three for Waverly while Ross Cummings had a big trey and a pair of free tosses of his own. The physical play, the recent history in the series, a double-digit Creek Wood lead, and a first half overhead-reverse alley-oop slam dunk by Ross Cummings with two hands had all set the stage for a testy contest against a Waverly team known for a short fuse. When Cummings leaped into the side of the lane for an authoritative offensive rebound in the third and was fouled trying to put back the miss, all that intensity boiled over. The RFC Sports Network broadcast perch was on the second level and more than 40 feet from the incident, which involved pushing and shoving, and not all of the details were clear at press time. However, the players, coaches, and fans were fired up for both sides following the incident, and after a long discussion the officials gathered the two head coaches at mid-court for a discussion. Something was not to Waverly’s liking, as their head coach got angry with the officials–as did his assistant coaches–and the crowd got angry. Both Ross Cummings and Hughey were pulled from the game, and neither returned. Aaron Daniel came in for Cummings and hit both free throws, but the incident seemed to fire up the Red Hawks. Gabe Cummings connected on 3 threes, while Plunkett and Ruf added 4 points each in the frame, as Creek Wood took the third 23-19. Tidwell and Warren had 5 each for the Tigers.

The margin stayed around 10-15 points no matter how many times Waverly made a run, and despite the Tigers playing out every second of regulation the Red Hawks salted away a statement win on the road in the district 79-62 to stay perfect on their first pass through District 11-AA. Gabe Cummings added a three and 2 free throws in the 14-12 fourth, while Plunkett added another longball. Smith led the way for Waverly in the fourth with 9 points.

Plunkett led the day with 22 points and 5 made threes while Gabe Cummings had 6 threes and 20 points and Ross had 19 points and 9 threes. Ruf added 9 points and Dotson added 6. Smith led the Tigers with 18 points, while Warren had 13, Tidwell 12, and Hughey 11.

Creek Wood’s game at Lewis County has been moved to next Thursday, weather permitting. The Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks will have 3 double-headers next week, with Tuesday night’s games hosting Montgomery Central and Thursday night’s in Hohenwald being broadcast on 101.5 The One FM. The Friday night contest at Nashville Christian will be broadcast on