Creek Wood’s Tyler Neely (23) looks for an opening in the Hickman County defense
Photo: Marty Allison/Dickson Sports Media
By Willie Brown Jr.
CENTERVILLE, TN- Despite a hostile environment, Creek Wood (6-19, 5-10) found a way to start the D11AA tournament off with a 53-46 win on the road at Hickman County (18-10, 10-5).
The Bulldogs swept the regular season series, defeating the Red Hawks 47-27 on December 7 and 66-45 at Creek Wood on January 18. However with a healthy roster, the third time was the charm for the Red Hawks.
“I’m proud of my guys, we have struggled this year, and everyone knows that” said Creek Wood coach Charles Taylor.
“The guys have stayed with the coaching staff and have endured a lot of hardships”.
At the end of the first quarter, the Red Hawks were down 14-13. That was the only time Creek Wood would trail for the duration of the ballgame. Creek Wood walked onto the floor in the second quarter with confidence and never looked back, giving up just seven points in the second stanza. Creek Wood would go into halftime up 24-22.
The Red Hawks scored 20 points in the third quarter to take a 44-35 lead going into the fourth. As the final quarter unfolded, the emotions of the Red Hawks unraveled. Hickman County started the fourth on a 5-0 run before Creek Wood would score again.
As the quarter elapsed, the fouls for Hickman County started to add up. Late in the game, Will Belcher would be called for a technical foul that sent Kayden Austin to the charity stripe where he would convert on one of two free throws. The Red Hawks would go on to win 53-46.
Leading in scoring for Creek Wood was Tim Randolph with 21 points and five three-pointers. Tyler Neely added 13 for the Red Hawks.
As a team, Creek Wood converted on nine three-pointers. With the win, Creek Wood will advance to the semifinal round of the district tournament to play Camden on Friday at 8:30 pm at Stewart County High School.