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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And Then There Was One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Weather Again Changes Schedule

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

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

Dickson Rocks Overton, Advances to the Region Championship

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

TSSAA Makes More Changes for Sectionals, State

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

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

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

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

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

Weather Forces Region Tournament Schedule Changes

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

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

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

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

 

CW Sweeps Cascade in Region Quarters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dickson Steamrolls McGavock, Advance to 6AAA Semifinals

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Dickson County showed no side effects of their eight day layoff on Monday, rolling to an 81-27 win over McGavock in the quarterfinal round of the Region 6AAA tournament.
The Lady Cougars were opened strong, jumping out to a 11-1 lead and forcing a timeout before the four minute mark in the first quarter. The timeout slowed Dickson for the moment but the Lady Cougars led 18-5 after the first eight minutes. From that point on the Lady Cougars would score no less than 20 points each quarter for the remainder of the game. Early in the second quarter the Lady Raiders made a push and trimmed the lead to 20-11. Dickson immediately responded with a 20-0 run to end the half 40-11.
The second half was more of the same but with different players for Dickson. Coach Eve Hamilton spread the ball around and got 12 Lady Cougars on the scoreboard with at least two points. Kailey Rosenbaum was the biggest beneficiary of the extra floor time. Rosenbaum went 3-for-3 from the floor and hit both her free throws for eight points and an impressive block of McGavock’s star post, Deann Whitlow, in roughly four minutes of play.
While the Lady Cougars were generous with the ball, the night belonged to the starters. Emily Beard and Lea Lea Carter had 18 points each and Payton Grove had 13 points in her first game since recovering from the flu. Carter had perhaps the most complete game, adding 10 rebounds and nine assists, just missing a triple double. McGavock was led by Whitlow who had 18 points, no other Lady Raider had more than two points.
Coming off the huge win, Dickson will face off with John Overton for the second time this season. Overton advanced with a 45-28 win over Ravenwood in the nightcap. In their previous meeting Dickson topped Overton on the road 78-73 in overtime. In other 6AAA action, Brentwood edged Hunters Lane 36-29 and Cane Ridge topped Summit 62-47 setting up a matchup between Cane Ridge and Brentwood Wednesday night.

CW Region Games Moved Again

The Creek Wood Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks have a bit of fortune on their side this season. First they got to host the District 11AA Tournament and the Region 6AA Tournament. Then the CWHS boys and girls both won the District Tournament, meaning they got to host quarterfinal games in the Region Tournament, and that both teams will play at home for their entire Region Tournament. Fortune continued to shine on Creek Wood, as Region 6AA was among the few to be completed before the ice storm hit and all of its teams got extra time to prepare and focus. Plus, both Creek Wood teams are playing the same school, Cascade.

While the TSSAA assigned this Monday as the Region Girls’ Quarterfinal day and Tuesday for the boys, Creek Wood and Cascade worked out a doubleheader instead, originally slated for Monday night. That slate of games has now been moved to Tuesday night, with the Lady Red Hawks facing Cascade at 6:00pm and the Red Hawks battling the Cascade Champions at 7:30. Pregame coverage on WDKN 1260 AM, 101.5 The One FM, and the RFC Sports Network starts Tuesday night at 5:45pm; the Dickson County girls will be the only area team in action on Monday, playing McGavock at 6:30pm at Franklin High.

While the unbeaten Red Hawks have not faced Cascade this season, the Lady Red Hawks beat the Lady Champs in the Forrest Invitational in November.

CW Sweeps District Tourney Titles

A near-capacity crowd at Creek Wood gym on Saturday night saw the host school take down both titles in the TSSAA Class AA District 11 Tournament Championships. The Creek Wood girls blanked Camden Central in the overtime frame to take a 62-53 win, while the unbeaten Red Hawks stayed perfect with a 100-82 triumph over rival Waverly.

The Lady Red Hawks had a challenge in their District Title Game in Camden. The 17-1 Lady Lions came in as the number one seed, and were the last team to beat Creek Wood in the district; the 16-2 Lady Red Hawks were on their own home floor as the “road” team with a solid crowd, and they were the only district team to beat Camden this year.

The lead see-sawed back and forth in the opening frame, but Creek Wood held on for a 14-10 lead after one. Reserve Caroline Edmondson was the only Lady Red Hawk to score a 2 point basket, but McKenzie Broadway and Candace Meadows each hit a three and McKenzie Haislip buried 2 treys in the frame. Arizona Harper came to life in the second quarter, scoring a three while getting fouled (hitting the free throw for a 4 point play) and adding a basket-and-one on her way to a 10 point frame. Edmondson chipped in 6 points as CWHS took the frame 18-14, despite 5 points each from Kristen Capps and Jenna Taylor; the Lady Red Hawks led 32-24 at the half.

Harper and Broadway did the heavy lifting in Creek Wood’s 13-12 third, with Harper adding 5 while Broadway poured in 2 threes and 8 points. Starting post Baylee Pafford and reserve post Brittney Minor kept the Lady Lions close with 5 points each, but Camden trailed 45-36 heading into the final frame. Camden Central had some reservations about an early exit however, and the Lady Lions blasted Creek Wood 17-8 in the fourth. Karlie Hudson scored 8 points in the quarter before fouling out; she would finish with a total of 12 in the game. Capps added 5 while Minor added 4, and despite 6 points from Brianna Spicer and 2 more from Harper, the Lady Red Hawks could not regain the lead and the title game went to overtime tied 53-53.

In the extra 4 minute session, the Creek Wood defense and Arizona Harper’s offense took all the drama out of the game. Harper scored a bucket to put CWHS up 55-53, and from there the rhythm was established–get a stop, get the ball, run the clock, get fouled, and hit your free throws. The Lady Red Hawks blanked the Lady Lions 9-0 in the overtime period and Harper added 4 free throws for 6 points in the frame, while Spicer netted 2 free throws and Haislip 1. Creek Wood took the win 62-53, and took home the trophy in their own home gym.

Harper finished with MVP honors and a game-high 23 points for Creek Wood, while Broadway added 11 and Haislip 10. Capps had 14 for the Lady Lions, while Hudson fouled out with 12 and Minor poured in 10 off the bench.

By the time the extra session started, the gym was already packed full, with all 30 rows on the home side near capacity, and a solid crowd on the road side as well. It was no secret that the third battle between the 27-0 Red Hawks and the 24-6 Waverly Tigers was the main event, the blood feud, and the entree everyone was waiting for, and the raucous crowd was ready well before the opening tip which was delayed into the 9:00 hour.

Waverly dominated the first quarter, never trailing, though as the period rolled on the Red Hawks kept trimming the advantage to a slim point. The Tigers led 18-17 after one off the strength of 6 points from Tyler Dell and 4 each from J’Honathyn Smith, Jordan Hughey, and Rhyse Randolph, but 9 points from Ross Cummings kept Creek Wood hot on their heels. The Red Hawks finally broke through in the second, and after a bit of back and forth Creek Wood took control. Coulter Dotson poured in 6 points off the bench while Isaac Edmondson and Gabe Cummings added 4 each and Ross Cummings added 5. Dell had a respectable 7 point quarter for Waverly, but a 21-11 frame made it 38-24 Creek Wood at the half.

Creek Wood stretched out the lead with a 26-21 third, but Waverly was not giving ground, and both sides played starters and key reserves throughout. Ross “Chico” Plunkett poured in 9 third-quarter points, while Edmondson added 7 and Gabe Cummings 6. The home side needed a strong fourth to close out Waverly, but a 36-32 final period put the Tigers away for good. Both sides bombed away threes in the early minutes of the fourth, including a Gabe Cummings rainbow from well beyond NBA range, but in the final minutes both sides were called for a succession of fouls that ultimately helped the Red Hawks hit 100 points for the third time in school history and this season, as Gabe hit a free throw in the final minute to touch the milestone. He finished with 12 points and 3 threes in the fourth, while twin brother Ross had 10, and Creek Wood took a 100-82 win.

Ross Cummings led the way with a game-high 26 points, while Gabe added 22; Plunkett had 17 points, Edmondson 15, and Dotson fouled out with 9. Randolph led the way for Waverly with 22–13 in the fourth–while Dell added 18 and Smith 12; reserve Daisuan Whitfield had 12 points off the bench for the Tigers.

Edmondson, Plunkett, and Gabe Cummings were named All-District and All-Tournament for the boys, while Ross Cummings took All-District MVP and All-Tournament MVP. After her breakout performance in the title game, Arizona Harper took home Tournament MVP honors, while McKenzie Haislip and Candace Meadows were named All-District and All-Tournament. Brianna Spicer took home All-District honors, while McKenzie Broadway made the All-District Tournament team.

Both Creek Wood squads host Cascade for Region semi-finals action. The Lady Red Hawks host the Lady Champs on Friday night, with the winner playing the Giles County/East Hickman winner the following Monday. The Creek Wood boys welcome in the Cascade Champions on Saturday night, with the winner facing Marshall County or Camden the following Tuesday night.