The Dickson County and Creek Wood girls opened play in the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic in Chapel Hill, TN, on Wednesday, but with mixed results. The Lady Red Hawks dropped their opener but held on for a win in their second game, while the Lady Cougars battled the host Lady Rockets in a tight game but came up just short.
Creek Wood started off the day, with a noon game against Marshall County. The Lady Red Hawks started off red hot, building a lead off hot shooting. Raegan Hohl had a basket-and-one and 3 made threes in the first, while Elayna Gass added a trey of her own. Creek Wood weathered a rally by the Tigerettes, but held a 19-13 lead after one. Marshall County came out hot in the second, however, as all 5 starters scored in a 16-6 quarter that saw the Tigerettes take the lead away. Marshall County led 29-25 at the half, but the Lady Red Hawks were not ready to go away just yet. Lydia Edmondson had 5 points in the third, and Creek Wood won the quarter 7-6 to trim the lead to 35-32 entering the fourth. Marshall County would prove too much to handle in the fourth, however, as Zachuriya O’Neal had 4 points and reserve Kelsey Keiler added 5; the Tigerettes took the quarter 14-7 and won the game 49-39. Leah Hollingsworth led the way for Marshall County with 11 points and 2 threes, while O’Neal added 10 points and Keiler 9. Hohl had a game-high 14 points and 3 treys for the Lady Red Hawks, while Gass added 9 and Edmondson 7.
Creek Wood fared better in the second game, but it too was not without drama. The Lady Red Hawks hammered the Cascade Lady Champs 28-18 in the first, as Gass had 10 points including 2 threes and Taylor Moore added 3 longballs in the opening 8 minutes. The shooting went cold in the second as Cascade rallied back with a 10-5 quarter, trimming the lead to 33-28 at halftime off a 5-point quarter from Hailey Crouch. Edmondson went off for 8 points in the third to lift Creek Wood 13-10 and stretch the lead back to 46-38. A 19-12 fourth in favor of the Lady Champs was almost too much for Creek Wood to handle, as Crouch added 9 points and Keeley Sutton chipped in 6, but Gass added 6 more for the Lady Red Hawks to keep some distance. Hohl had the game-winner, however, hitting 1-of-2 free throws with 10 seconds left to give Creek Wood a 58-54 lead; were it not for the free throw, Sutton’s buzzer-beater 3 would have forced overtime, but instead the Lady Red Hawks escaped with a hard-fought 58-57 win. Crouch had 20 points to lead Cascade while Sutton had 16 and 3 threes, but Gass had 20 points and 3 longballs to lead the Lady Red Hawks in the win, while Moore had 4 threes and 15 points and Edmondson had 10 points.
Dickson County played in perhaps the most entertaining game of the night, an 8pm duel with the host Forrest Lady Rockets. Cierra Smith bombed 2 threes and Ryann Roberts scored 6 points in the first quarter for the Lady Cougars, but Belmont commit Caitlyn Yost had 9 points to lead Forrest to a 17-16 lead at the end of an up-and-down first quarter. The second was an up-and-down, back-and-forth 11-11 draw, with Olivia Rinehart hitting 2 threes and Roberts pouring in 5 more points, but at the break the Lady Rockets were clinging to a 28-27 lead.
The second half saw more of the same as the sides swapped runs and swapped the lead, but Union University signee Emily Beard and Lipscomb commit Kailey Rosenbaum both picked up their scoring for DCHS after struggling with first-half foul trouble. Beard added 4 second half points, an assist, and some heady defensive play; while Rosenbaum was almost unstoppable on the post with 15 second half points before fouling out in the fourth. Unfortunately for Dickson County, Yost was in rare form, scoring 21 points in the second half for the Lady Rockets including 11 at the foul line. The tournament hosts flipped a small deficit in the waning minutes into a small lead, before stretching that lead out as the Lady Cougars went cold from the field. As a result, Forrest salted away a 63-55 win over Dickson despite only leading by a score for much of crunch time.
Yost led the way for Forrest with 32 points, 2 threes, and 14 points on the night, while Kyleah Hengesbach had 2 threes and 10 points, Sydney Hill had 9 points, and Grace Thrasher added 6. For Dickson County, Rosenbaum led the way with 15 points on the post, while Roberts had 14 points including a basket-and-one, and Rinehart added 9 points on 3 made threes.
Creek Wood is off for the holiday break, but the Dickson County girls will return to Chapel Hill on Friday and Saturday, for more action on the RFC Sports Network.