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The Voice of the Red Hawks, Amp Harrell, referred to this week as “the closest thing to a trap week Creek Wood has on the schedule.” However, after the Lady Red Hawks held off Waverly and the unbeaten boys turned away the Tigers on the road, the only challenge left was a Saturday night home date against local rivals Harpeth. While the girls had their hands full in another defensive battle, the number two boys team in all of Class AA lifted itself out of the muck early and had a comfortable lead by halftime, coasting to a win over its former District foes.

Coach James Mitchell and the Harpeth Lady Indians had a battle plan and blitzed Creek Wood early. Knowing the Lady Red Hawks were much stronger defensively than offensively, Harpeth struck first and built a lead as four Lady Indians scored in the first. Creek Wood chipped away, but after 8 minutes Harpeth led 12-9. The tide turned for the home team in a 15-5 second quarter as Creek Wood took its first lead and never looked back. McKenzie Haislip had 5 points including her second three of the day, pacing 5 Lady Red Hawks in the frame, and CWHS led 24-17 at the half.

The game was never truly put away, but a 12-8 third gave Creek Wood breathing room as Haislip bombed in 2 more long balls and only senior Olivia Miniat had more than one basket as an answer. Harpeth was able to rally with an 11-9 fourth as Miniat canned 2 threes, but the rally was not enough; Brianna Spicer hit 2 baskets and Haislip nailed another three, and the Lady Red Hawks escaped with a 45-36 win.

Harpeth and Creek Wood each had 5 players score, and each had 2 in double figures. The Lady Indians were led by Miniat with 14 points, and Addi Moulton quietly added 13. Creek Wood was led by MVP Haislip with a game-high 17 and 5 threes, while Spicer added 11 points and Caroline Edmondson 8.

The Creek Wood boys were in a similar battle early, leading just 16-13 after the first. All 5 starters scored for Harpeth in the opening frame, led by Houston Hutchison’s 6 points, but the Red Hawk defense would not allow him another point; Creek Wood’s scoring was very balanced as 6 players registered a point or more, led by Ross “Chico” Plunkett with a three and 5 points, Gabe Cummings with a lone three, and Tyler Turpin with a basket and a made free throw for 3 points.

The Red Hawks turned up the intensity in the second with a 27-15 performance, led by Plunkett and Ross Cummings with 9 points each. Creek Wood led 43-28 at the half, but Harpeth Head Coach Will Mantlo made sure the Indians didn’t get put away. Aston Hutchison poured in 10 points for the tribe while T. C. Newton added 9, and the third was a 19-19 draw despite Turpin hitting 2 threes and Ross Cummings adding 8 total points. A 20-16 final frame gave Creek Wood the added push to finish off the Indians, and in the final minutes Harpeth waved the white flag so both sides could get the reserves some playing time. The Red Hawks stayed perfect, finishing off Harpeth 82-63.

Ross Cummings finished the day with 26 points, a game-high, but Turpin earned MVP honors for an unselfish defensive performance and 15 points offensively, tied for second-best on the team. The normally defensive-oriented senior bombed in 4 threes, and his offensive total tied him with offensive stalwart and all-everything post Isaac Edmondson. Plunkett had 14 points as he continues to recover from a blister on his hand. Harpeth only managed 2 players in double figures, Aston Hutchison with 18 and Newton with 14.

Creek Wood travels to Montgomery Central for district action on Tuesday night. The game is a Blackout game, but both fanbases are encouraged to participate.

The Dickson Middle Lady Dragons had to avenge their second loss of the year, an upset Tuesday night at Oakland, against the Montgomery Central Lady Indians in the first round of the TMSAA Area 1 Class AAA tournament on Thursday afternoon, or their season would be over.

Problem solved for the Maroon and White, as Dickson rocked the Lady Indians 48-12 in a mercy-rule blowout romp. The top-seed Lady Dragons opened up a 23-0 lead in less than 5 minutes of the game, before head coach Kelsey Hamilton Mullinicks pulled all the starters; DMS won the first quarter 24-0 and didn’t look back.

The eighth seeded Lady Indians, who beat Northeast Wednesday night just to get a shot at Dickson, got their first points in the second quarter off a bucket from Jaida Oxendine late in the second. Oxendine would beat the halftime buzzer with an impressive bank shot from half court for Montgomery Central’s halftime total of 5, but 5 Lady Dragon reserves scored in the second for a 10-5 advantage, and a 34-5 halftime lead.

Dickson put the starters back in for a couple of minutes to start the second half, and got 6 more points before the reserves were sent back in. Much of the second half was played with a running clock per the mercy rule, as the Lady Dragons took the third quarter 8-2 for a 42-7 lead after three quarters. Reserve Tierra Bethke netted all 6 of Dickson’s fourth quarter points, as a 6-5 frame put away a 48-12 blowout win for the Lady Dragons.

Seventh grader Caty Roberts earned MVP honors with a game-high 13 points in the contest–9 in the first quarter and 4 more in the third. Raegan Purvine netted 9 in the first, while Bethke finished with 8 as 10 of the 12 Lady Dragons scored in the win. Oxendine and Hatton had 5 points each while Hannah Greene added a basket for Montgomery Central.

The Lady Dragons get no favors as they advance to another 3:30pm game Tuesday afternoon at Kenwood High School in Clarksville, facing the winner of Sycamore and Richview. The DMS boys earned a number two seed, so they will face Richview Monday afternoon at 4:45pm, with the winner facing the winner of Rossview and Sycamore Tuesday night.

Dickson boys stunned Franklin Tuesday night 55-43 on the road for their second straight district win. The Cougars dominated from start to finish, never trailing against the second ranked team in the district. Dickson used backdoor cuts to pick apart the Franklin defense, leading to easy baskets for Ty Murphree, who finished with 11 points. The Cougars led 15-4 at the end of the first quarter. Franklin tried to cut in to the lead but trailed 22-15 at the half. In the third quarter the Rebels made a run and trimmed the lead to one point but Dickson would answer back And led 32-24 headed to the final quarter. From there it was never closer than a five point game as Dickson seemingly coasted to the win. Tyriek Primm led Dickson with 14 points and Hunter Wolcott added 13 points.

The Lady Cougars needed overtime to finish off Franklin 61-57 and remain unbeaten in the district. Dickson built a double digit lead in the first half but Franklin found a way to fight back in the third quarter and led By four several times. Trailing 50-49 in the final thirty seconds a foul followed by a technical foul gave Dickson four free throws with Lea Lea Carter at the line but she only made one leaving game tied. A questionable turnover gave Franklin the final shot but Dickson pulled the board and went to OT. In overtime Carter took over scoring seven of dickson’s 11 points and helping secure the win. Carter finished with 31 points and Payton Grove added 16, while no other Lady Cougar had more than six.
Dickson hosts Brentwood Friday night and while hold a “Camo-out” to support the team.

The Creek Wood basketball squads had their hands full in both games in Humphries County Tuesday night, but when the final horn sounded the Navy and Red visitors came away with wins, sweeping the season series with their rivals the Waverly Central Tigers and Tigerettes.

The short-handed, scrappy, 4-win Tigerettes were much improved from the earlier meeting between the two clubs, but Creek Wood eked out a 17-9 edge after the first quarter as McKenzie Haislip hit 2 threes, plus McKenzie Broadway and Candace Meadows each hit a longball. Kalie McIlwain keyed a 12-7 comeback second for Waverly Central, however, nailing 2 threes and a 2-point bucket in the frame. A second Broadway rainbow helped the Lady Red Hawks keep pace, but the halftime lead was trimmed to 24-21. In the third quarter 6 players scored for the visitors, but Monica Rion’s 4 points keyed the Tigerettes in a 12-12 third, and Waverly Central kept nipping at Creek Wood’s heels down 36-33 after three quarters.

Waverly managed one last run in the fourth, cutting the lead to a single point. The Tigerettes then exploited a Creek Wood weakness on defense; the Lady Red Hawks pursued the usual scorers and ignored reserve Janie Rogers, who got the ball on a backdoor cut and scored to give Waverly Central the lead. CWHS calmly raced back down the floor and nailed a three for a 2 point lead, and outlasted the home squad. Salting away the game at the free throw line, Arizona Harper had the play of the day by stealing a Tigerette pass, leading to another pair of Lady Red Hawk free throws that grew the lead from 4 points to 6. Creek Wood hit 9 free tosses in the fourth quarter, outlasting Waverly Central 15-12 for a 51-45 win.

Haislip earned MVP honors with a game-high 14 points and 3 threes, while Meadows had 10 points and 3 threes and Broadway 9 points, all threes. McIlwain led the Tigerettes with 11 points, while Rion and Star Hing each added 9.

The boys’ game was a brawl from the onset, as the talented Tigers were clearly miffed at their 28 point loss in the previous outing. Ross Cummings and Isaac Edmondson started the game off with 5 points each while Coulter Dotson came off the bench for 7 points and Easton Aldridge 4 as the Red Hawks won the first quarter 21-12, holding J’Honathan Smith to just 4 points off free throws in the frame. Waverly Central starting post Jordan Hughey established himself as a villain early, getting beaten on a layup then earning a technical as he slammed the padding along the endline wall in frustration.

Waverly was not ready to roll over, as Tyler Dell returned after aggravating a shoulder injury in the first quarter to net 5 points in the second. Rhyse Randolph tallied 7 points in the quarter, and Hughey earned 6 points–getting fouled on one, missing the free throw, then scoring again with a foul after his teammates got the offensive board. He missed the second “and one” as well, which kept the score at 34-32–the Red Hawks up by just those two missed free throws. Edmondson tallied 9 points for the Red Hawks in the second and Aldridge 6 as the posts helped CWHS win the quarter 25-23 for a 46-35 halftime lead.

The Tigers made another push out of the locker room, winning the third 22-15 as Smith hit 2 threes and managed 11 points himself, but Edmondson’s 7 kept things from getting too close at 61-57. Randolph went off with jumpers in the paint, layups, and putbacks in the fourth netting 10 points in the final 8 minutes, but it was a numbers game and Waverly Central was behind in a number of categories–beyond just the score, they were behind on the roster. Before the game went final, three Tigers had fouled out including starter Hughey, and Dell re-injured his shoulder and missed more time in the fourth. Meanwhile Creek Wood played free and loose with the lead, as both Ross and Game Cummings hit threes and Ross threw down a two handed alley-oop slam off a feed from Aldridge. The Red Hawks salted the game away at the charity stripe, hitting 12 free throws in the fourth and winning the quarter 24-17. The Red Hawks overcame a hostile crowd and a physical opponent, and won on the road 90-74.

Edmondson led the way with 29 points for Creek Wood, while Ross Cummings added 20 points and Gabe 15. Aldridge earned MVP honors on the night, however, as much for his defensive presense on the post as his 14 points offensively. Waverly was led by Randolph with 24 points, Smith with 22, Drew Damesworth with 11 points and 3 threes, and Hughey who fouled out with 10 points.

The unbeaten Red Hawks, who slipped to second in Class AA behind CPA despite not losing a game, and the red-hot Lady Red Hawks, who’ve won 6 straight games, host bitter arch-rival Harpeth for a non-district showdown Saturday evening.

Coach Jason Tigert recently claimed he was struggling through one of ‘the worst seasons of his career,’ Friday night’s 50-47 win over Centennial will certainly help assuage those concerns. Dickson County was able to get a huge win over the Cougars on the host’s Homecoming night. Dickson started strong and lead 11-7 at the end of the first quarter, then scored only nine points in another slow second quarter but led 20-15 at the half. In the third quarter, the Cougars pushed the lead to 10 points 3 times but late in the quarter Centennial started a comeback and slowly widdled the down to just one point. Trey Weidman hit a body control layup to extend the lead to 3 but couldn’t hit the ‘and one’ free throw giving Centennial a window. With less than a minute remaining Travis Batts, Centennial’s hero from the first matchup, hit a three pointer to tie. They would get a single free throw on the next possession to lead 47-46, but the final four points belonged to Dickson. Hunter Wolcott received the ball on the left wing, saw the post was empty and the weak side defender had his back turned, drove to the rim and layed it up for a one point edge 48-47. With 9.2 second left Centennial dribbled to the front court and Wolcott stole the ball and got another lay up with 2.7 second remaining. Centennial got a heave from half court up but it was way off the mark and the Cougars held on for their first District 11-AAA win of the season. Hunter Wolcott led Dickson with 20 points, Tyriek Primm added 10 and Demontez Coleman had 9 on three made three pointers.

The Lady Cougars once again dominated on Friday on their way to another 47 point, 68-21 over Centennial. Dickson shot 51% on the evening while holding Centennial to 21% from the floor. The defensive effort allowed the Lady Cougars to grab a huge lead early, 23-5, at the end of the first quarter. From there Dickson coasted to a 39-10 lead at the half and the final 47 point margin. Dickson never allowed a double digit quarter for the Lady Cougars of Centennial. Emily Beard led Dickson in limited minutes with 13, Payton Grove had 12, and Lea Lea Carter had 11 points.

Both teams get set for a big week, traveling to Franklin Tuesday and at home for Brentwood Friday night.

The court was presented, a student DJ was flashing lights and spinning electronic dance music, and the Sprit of Creek Wood Pep Band and CWHS Cheerleaders kept the massive crowd entertained all night as East Hickman came to town Friday night for a rescheduled basketball homecoming. When the final horn sounded, the Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks got another series and season sweep, and the boys had made history once again.

The Lady Red Hawks had won the prior matchup 60-35, but Friday night’s game was entirely different. Defense ruled for both squads, as East Hickman and Creek Wood battled through an 8-8 first quarter. Homecoming queen McKenzie Haislip, guarded with blanket coverage all night, popped free for a three and added a bucket in the second, while reserve post Caroline Edmondson added 4 points in the frame. That would make all the difference in an 11-2 second quarter that ultimately gave the Lady Red Hawks enough breathing room to win the game. East came back in the second half and took the third 9-8 off 6 points from Hannah Pendergrass, and made a surge in the fourth with 6 from kaitlyn Campbell. The visitors from Lyles and Bon Aqua could never trim the lead to single digits in the fourth, and with the lead at 35-30 late in the game, senior Candace Meadows capped off an 11 point night with 2 free throws to make it 37-30, the final score in a grinding defensive win for the Lady Red Hawks.

Meadows would be named MVP, scoring in every quarter and leading the way for her teammates. Only Pendergrass would score more than Meadows, netting 12, and East Hickman’s Campbell would equal her with 11 for the Lady Eagles. Brianna Spicer and Caroline Edmondson would finish with 7 each for Creek Wood.

The boys’ game started as a defensive struggle, with Coach Charles Taylor’s Red Hawks climbing out of the first quarter mud with a 16-8 lead off 5 points each from Isaac Edmondson and Ross “Chico” Plunkett and 4 points from Ross Cummings. The tide turned in a big way in the second as Creek Wood outscored East Hickman 43-10 for a 59-18 halftime lead. The third quarter was more of the same, as a 30-8 frame made it 89-26 as 7 Red Hawks had scored in the contest.

In the fourth, with the clock running by the mercy rule and subs rotating in and out, usually with a veteran to anchor each group, Creek Wood went on one final run. A 15-10 quarter put the Red Hawks in the record books again. Senior center Easton Aldridge put back a missed three, and gave the Red Hawks 100 points for the second time in school history, second time this season, and first time at home, but Creek Wood still wasn’t done. When the smoke cleared, Creek Wood walked away with a 104-36 victory, the first time in school history a basketball team topped 100 points offensively, much to the delight of the homecoming crowd.

Plunkett led the way with 26 points through 3 quarters of play, while Ross Cummings had 23 in similar fashion. Edmondson managed 16 points through 3 quarters, while Easton Aldridge netted 14 points in the second, third, and fourth. Gabe Cummings tallied 9 points in the second and third, while freshman Coulter Dotson managed 9 and was the only Red Hawk to score in every quarter. Clay Ruf added 4 points and Aaron Daniel nailed a 3, as the Red Hawks got fully tuned up for the district showdown against Waverly next week. Taylor Eubanks and Taylor Krebbs managed 7 points to lead the way for East Hickman, while Dylan Jenkins and Tyler Mobley poured in 6 each.

Creek Wood travels to Waverly on Tuesday night, then hosts non-district rival Harpeth on Saturday.

And That Makes Ten!

The Creek Wood basketball squads completed their first pass through District 11-AA with a pair of lopsided sweeps of Montgomery Central on Tuesday night. With the wins, the undefeated Red Hawk boys improved to 10-0 in the district, and the Lady Red Hawks to 9-1.

The Creek Wood girls punished the one-win Lady Indians from the very beginning, owning the first quarter 17-4 and the second 21-4, with the starters pulled shortly before halftime. Up 38-8 at the break, the starters never saw the floor again. Montgomery Central won the third 19-16 off 3 threes from Leslie Bradley and 7 points from Brooke Christy, but an 18-4 Lady Red Hawk fourth iced a decisive 72-32 CWHS win.

All 15 players saw the floor for Creek Wood, and 13 of them scored, 10 of them finishing with 4 or more points. Elayna Gass hit a 3 and a basket in the third and the fourth for a game-high 10 points and MVP honors. McKenzie Haislip hit 3 threes for 9 points, while Candace Meadows and Brianna Spicer chipped in 8 each. Montgomery Central was led by Bradley and Christy with 9 each, and Destiny Ramey with 5.

The Creek Wood boys were only one game in the loss column ahead of the Montgomery Central Indians in the district standings, and the game started competitive, but the Red Hawks were just too athletic. As Creek Wood pulled away, 7 players scored for the Red Hawks in a 33-9 first quarter. The starters combined to blitz Montgomery Central 24-13 in the second for a 57-22 lead, and that 35 point cushion would prove too much for the Indians to overcome.

The Tribe won the third 26-24 as Dalton Perkins heated up, but with the benches clearing in a mostly-mercy-rule fourth, Central won the fourth by a slim 8-6 mark, but couldn’t cut the massive lead nearly enough. Creek Wood took the win 87-56, as 9 players carried the load for the Red Hawks.

Perkins led the way for the Indians with 14 points, while Zach Norfleet added 11 and Jordan Nelson 10. Game MVP Isaac Edmondson had a game-high 18, while Ross Cummings added 15 and 3 threes, Coulter Dotson 13, and Ross “Chico” Plunkett 12.

Creek Wood finishes the week with a Friday night Coming Home showdown with East Hickman that was originally set for Saturday. The Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks then face a challenging slate next week, with a Tuesday night game at Waverly followed by a Saturday night home game against Harpeth.

The Lady Cougars, 19-1 (6-0), jumped out to a 15-4 lead and forced a timeout in the first quarter, from there Dickson rolled easily to a 63-32 beat down of the Ravenwood Lady Raptors. Dickson initially trailed 2-0 off an easy layup but from them on it was all Lady Cougars, leading 19-10 at the end of the first, 31-16 at the half, and 46-22 heading in to the final quarter. Dickson was led by Emily Beard, who played with an ankle injury, and had 19 points to lead all scorers. Lea Lea Carter added 14, and Payton Grove had 11 points. The Lady Cougars completed their first trip through District 11-AAA unblemished and get set for the return trip starting Friday.

The Cougars, 2-17 (0-6), had their hearts ripped out again Tuesday, 33-32, this time by the Raptors of Ravenwood. Dickson spent the bulk of the first half without Hunter Wolcott, their primary scorer, due to faoul trouble. Without Wolcott, the Cougars trailed 16-14 at the half. In the second half the action picked up and Dickson, with Wolcott back, seesawed back and forth with the Raptors. A Ty Murphree free throw and a Robert Triggs layup gave the Cougars a 26-23 lead, and all the momentum, heading in to the fourth quarter. Ravenwood fought to reclaim a one point lead 27-26 after scoring the first two baskets of the final quarter. Tyriek Primm and Trey Weidman hit back to back shots to give Dickson another three point lead 30-27 but Ravenwood again answered with a triple of their own to tie things up at 30 a piece. Wolcott missed a right elbow jumper on a feed from Weidman and the Raptors scored on the next possession to go up 32-30 but the Cougars weren’t done. With 17.2 second left Primm hit a baby hook in the lane to tie things back up at 32. Demontez Coleman fouled on the next possession and Ravenwood got one of two free throws giving them the lead 33-32. With 9.2 seconds left Wolcott backed his man down and kicked out for a Coleman three pointer that clanged off the iron and once again Dickson fell in heartbreaking fashion. The Cougars were led in scoring by Primm with 11 points. Dickson went winless on the first trip through the district but with try to fix their struggles on the return run starting Friday.

Dickson travels to Centennial Friday night at 6pm on the RFC Sports Network.


The Creek Wood basketball squads started the week in grand fashion, wiping out Fairview in a lopsided double-header Tuesday night in Charlotte.

Defense was again the calling card for Coach Tom Mullinicks and his Lady Red Hawks as they didn’t allow more than 9 points in any quarter, and gave up just 10 points in the entire second half en route to a 62-23 win. Brianna Spicer managed a game-high 12 points, 10 of them in the first quarter, to earn MVP honors, while McKenzie Broadway canned a pair of longballs and finished with 11 points. A total of 12 players scored for Creek Wood, versus just 5 for the Lady Jackets, who were lead by Sara Mangrum’s 10 points and Jessie Mangrum’s 7.

The high octane Red Hawk boys got it done more with offense than defense, tallying 19 or more points in each quarter. Up 55-28 at the half, Coach Charles Taylor turned up the defense and CWHS torched Fairview 41-7 in the second half for a 96-35 win for the top team in Class AA Basketball.

Creek Wood got 9 players in the scorebook, led by MVP Coulter Dotson with 19 points off the bench. Isaac Edmondson and Ross “Chico” Plunkett tallied 15 each, while Ross Cummings managed 13 and Gabe Cummings 11. Stephen Bledsoe led the way for Fairview with 14 points, while post specialist Tyler Branch had 11 points and 3 long balls.

Creek Wood hosts Montgomery Central Thursday night on the radio, then hosts East Hickman Friday night for Coming Home, a game that was originally scheduled for Saturday.

The Lady Cougars, 18-1(5-0), kept their hot start going, despite the distracts of “Coming Home,” with a 74-30 win over the hapless Tigerettes of Waverly. Dickson jumped out to a 19-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to pile on for the remainder of the game, leading 38-17 at the half. In the second half, the Lady Cougars extended the lead with their second and third team players who got extended minutes for the second straight game. The fourth quarter saw Dickson shift to what appeared to be a 1-3-1 zone look that confused Waverly and led to a 24 point quarter for the Lady Cougars. Dickson was led in scoring by Lea Lea Carter who had 12 points, Carlee Wilson had 11 and was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, and Yasmine Daniel chipped in 10 points. It was the second straight game that Emily Beard finished under ten points.

The Cougars, 2-15 (0-5), looked to bottle some “Coming Home” magic but came up short against, 43-38, the loaded Waverly Tigers. Dickson came roaring out and led most of the first quarter but trailed at the end of the first 14-13 but once against the Cougars had a terrible second quarter which let Waverly pull away before the half. The Cougars trailed 24-15 after only scoring two points in the second quarter. The third quarter also belonged to the Tigers 13-7 but the fourth would be all Dickson. Trailing by twelve, 37-25, the Cougars put on a run and trimmed the lead to four points with less than four minutes to go. Waverly cranked up the defensive pressure and the Cougars weren’t able to get any closer, falling by the finally margin 43-38. Dickson was again led in scoring by Hunter Wolcott who finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds, he was the only Cougar in double figures.

Dickson returns to District 11-AAA play Tuesday when they host Ravenwood at 6pm.