Creek Wood coach Charles Taylor gives his team instructions during a third-place matchup with Lewis County
Photo: Marty Allison/Dickson Sports Media
By Willie Brown Jr.
DOVER, TN- Last night’s game between Creek Wood and Lewis County was much more than your normal consolation basketball game. Both teams played inspired basketball from start to finish, as the Lewis County Panthers (18-12, 11-6) claimed third place in the D11AA tournament with a 76-69 overtime win over the Creek Wood Red Hawks (6-21, 5-12).
The first quarter was a struggle for both teams, as Lewis County held a 16-9 lead heading into the second quarter. Then shots started to fall, mainly in the paint for Lewis County. Creek Wood would have some success as well in the lane.
As halftime approached, the Panthers led 27-20. In the third quarter, Creek Wood would draw near thanks to some sharp shooting from Tim Randolph and Tyler Neely. Neely led all scorers with 33 points. The score was 47-42 in favor of Lewis County headed into the final quarter. In the fourth, both teams would trade buckets and fouls until the end of regulation, and the score was tied at 63.
In overtime, the Red Hawks would hold the basketball for over two minutes, prompting Lewis County to switch to a man-to-man defense, which allowed Cameron Cotham to steal the basketball and race down the floor and score. Cotham led the Panthers with 29 points.
“They were sitting in a zone, more or less we wanted to calm our guys down to get everyone emotionally stable,” said Creek Wood coach Charles Taylor during the post-game conference.
The basket gave Lewis County the lead and momentum. Creek Wood would have to foul for most of the extra frame causing their deficit to increase to eight. Creek would draw as close as 3 points before losing 76-69.
With the loss, Creek Wood finishes fourth in D11AA. Granted, the scoreboard was not in favor of the Red Hawks, but Tyler Neely and Tim Randolph were selected to the all-tournament team.
The Red Hawks will travel to Nolensville High School for a tilt with the Knights in the R6AA quarterfinal round. Tip-off is slated for 7 pm on Saturday evening.