Creek Wood’s Raegan Hohl fights past Stewart County’s Holli Shepherd
Photo: Marty Allison/Dickson Sports Media
By Willie Brown Jr.
Dover, TN- Bill Craig Memorial Gym was rocking to say the least in last night’s District 11AA championship game at Stewart County High School. Creek Wood (22-6, 15-2) struggled on offense and throughout the ball game to fall to Stewart County (19-9, 14-3) 26-24.
At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied at nine. Both teams went on a scoring drought that lasted over five minutes in the second quarter. Going into halftime the score was 16-15 in favor of Creek Wood. The Lady Red Hawks would only score 7 points in the second stanza.
“Both teams knew each other well and were mentally tough. Nothing came easy offensively” stated Creek Wood coach Russell Wilson.
The third quarter was riddled with missed layups and tenacious defense played by both teams. Creek Wood went into the final quarter with a 20-19 lead after both teams only scored four points apiece in the third frame.
The Lady Red Hawks would hold the lead for much of the quarter. With about 30 seconds left and the game tied at 24, sophomore Autumn Burgess fouled Stewart County senior Britni Rowlett at midcourt. Rowlett would convert on two crucial free throws, securing the win for the Lady Rebels.
Although the Lady Red Hawks could not secure their seventh-straight tournament championship, Creek Wood would not walk out of the gym empty-handed. Coach Russell Wilson was named district coach of the year and Allie Burgess was rewarded with the district player of the year award for the regular season. Burgess led all scorers with 10 points in the final.
Now, the Lady Red Hawks will turn their focus on the region tournament as they will host the lady Vikings of Community on Friday evening.