The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks rallied back for a thrilling win on the road, scoring the go-ahead three with six seconds left, in their Christmas-week opener. The boys, however, were not so lucky, taking a tough loss at the hands of the AAA hosts of their three-day tournament.
The Lady Red Hawks squared off against Bolivar Central on the first day of the Charles Cawles Classic in Dyersburg. The Lady Tigers led 19-11 at the end of one as Hailey Hardaway had 6 points and Alexius Futrell had 7 including a three. Taylor Moore had a pair of threes in the first to lead Creek Wood, then added another as the Lady Red Hawks rallied in the second. Raegan Hohl had a trey in the opening stanza, but went off for 9 more points and another longball in the Lady Red Hawks’ 16-12 second.
Creek Wood cut the Bolivar Central lead to 31-27 at the break, but Chloe Seever had 6 points in the third while Futrell added 5 points including a three as the Lady Tigers stretched their lead back out to 46-38. Elayna Gass netted a pair of threes in the third to keep the Lady Red Hawks close, and the final frame proved fruitful for CWHS. The Lady Red Hawk defense held Bolivar Central to single digits for the only time all day, and the offense had its best quarter of the outing as well in a 17-7 rout. Lydia Edmondson had 6 points in the fourth, while Hohl had 7 including the game winner–a three pointer with 6 seconds left–as Creek Wood shocked the Lady Tigers 55-53.
Hohl finished with a game-high 21 points, a new personal best as a Lady Red Hawk, and 3 three pointers. Moore added 12 points and 3 longballs, while Gass and Sam Kilian each added 8 points and Edmondson 6. Seever, Futrell, and Hardaway each had 14 points for Bolivar Central in the loss.
The Creek Wood boys found themselves in a very different battle Monday night in Clarksville. Rossview head coach Johnny Jackson is a longtime friend of Red Hawk head man Charles Taylor, but that didn’t cause the host to pull many punches in the nightcap of their Christmas Classic tournament. Rossview took a 3-0 lead, answered soon after by a trey from Coulter Dotson. The host Hawks retook the lead at 5-3, and never gave the lead up. Austin Jackson buried 2 threes in the first while Will Midlick added one of his own, and the visiting Red Hawks trailed 13-5 at the end of one. Jackson and Midlick, both tall athletic players with long wingspans, played defensive stoppers throughout the game, and each had 8 points including 2 threes in the 20-6 Rossview second. Dotson answered back with 5 points including a three, as the entire Red Hawk team was either cold from the field or defended well by the long and lean AAA squad all night. As it was, Dotson accounted for 8 of Creek Wood’s 11 first-half points, as the Red Hawks trailed the Rossview Hawks 33-11 at the break.
The third quarter was the most successful all night for the hosts, who hammered Creek Wood 24-7. Shifty sophomore Max Leineweber worked the baseline for 6 points, while Midlick had 8 working inside the arc and post Logan Miller added 6 points, including a basket-and-one on a strong move to the basket. Dotson was held off the board for the only quarter of the day, but Micah Westerman, Dallas Hall, and reserve Richard Payton had hoops for the Red Hawks in the third. The mercy rule was in effect for the fourth, and the sides drew 7-7 as they emptied their benches in the final minutes. Rossview took home a 64-25 win, and the host Hawks get to continue on in the primetime slot in their own tournament.
Midlick finished with 19 points including 3 threes, while Jackson had 4 threes on a 14 point night. Miller and Leineweber each added 10 for Rossview. Dotson led the way for Creek Wood with 10 points and 2 threes. Westerman added a three on a 5 point night, while Timmy Randolph had 3 points. Hall, Payton, and Anthony Neblett each had 2 points, and Devon Higgins added a free throw.
The loss actually sets up a more interesting matchup for the Red Hawks on Tuesday afternoon. Cheatham County upset Central Magnet 47-46, so Rossview battles the Cubs at 8:30. Since Creek Wood has already dismantled Cheatham County once this season, a mercy-rule win in the season opener, the Murfreesboro-Central Magnet squad should pose an interesting counterpoint despite the circumstances. Tipoff for the Red Hawks and Tigers is set for 2:30pm Tuesday with a 2:15 pregame show on 101.5 The One FM, WDKN 1260 AM, and the entire RFC Sports Network.
The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks will finish their stay in Dyersburg with a noon battle against the host Lady Trojans, before preparing for Waverly on Thursday. Though the Lady Red Hawks’ game will not be heard on the RFC Sports Network, their Summertown tournament after Christmas will be.