The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks took a tough loss on Tuesday to wrap up their West Tennessee tournament trip, while the Red Hawk boys led for all but the last 5 minutes against Central Magnet, who rallied back to steal a win and send Creek Wood to the seventh place game on Wednesday in Clarksville.
The Red Hawks dominated early, in a defensive battle against a flat Central Magnet squad. Micah Westerman popped two threes while Dallas Hall added another for Creek Wood, which took a 6-0 lead, gave up a 4 point rally, and stretched the lead back out to 9-4. The Red Hawks took the opening stanza 13-6, and seemed poised for a low-scoring affair where they could work on specific tactics against a man-to-man defense they seemingly had out-manned. Coach Doug Worsley’s Central Magnet Tiger squad regrouped in the second quarter, however, as junior center Nick Hamlett scored twice, missing an and-one free throw on one basket, while senior Patrick Blair added a basket in the second after one in the first and sophomore Will Carver hit a couple of free throws. Coulter Dotson had a basket in each of the first two quarters, while Allen Miller came off the bench for 4 points in the second and reserve Devon Higgins drained a deep three that would prove huge; the Red Hawks only took the quarter 11-10, and without the trey the Tigers would have trimmed the lead before the half.
Trailing 24-16 at the half, Central Magnet came out of the locker room fired up even more, and took the third 12-10. Carver drained a three in a 5 point frame, while Hamlett had 5 including a basket-and-one. Dotson added a three while Higgins had another three in a 5 point quarter, but the Tigers cut the lead back to 34-28. The Red Hawks had an answer for most of the runs that Central Magnet made during the game, even when the lead was trimmed to around 4, but in the fourth the resistance was not enough. With just over 5 minutes left, Carver canned a three to give the Tigers their first lead of the night 36-35, and it was a lead they would never give back. Led by Carver and Blair with 7 points each and Hamlett with 4, Central Magnet hammered Creek Wood 18-3 to run away with a 46-37 win that drops the Red Hawks into a 7th place game Wednesday morning.
After losing 47-46 to Cheatham County, the come-from-behind win was a big one for Central Magnet. The school is only in its seventh year as a high school program, after decades as a middle school. The original Murfreesboro Central High School was a powerhouse, however, until it became Central Middle when Oakland and Riverdale opened in the early 70s. Until Blackman took home the title in 2014 the old Central High was the last Rutherford County School to win the state championship in boys’ basketball all the way back in 1965. While the 5-7 Tigers are a long way from such honors, they draw Clarksville Northwest on Wednesday in the consolation championship game.
The Tigers were led by Carver with a game-high 16 points including 2 threes, while Hamlett had 13 and Blair 11 including a three. The reeling Red Hawks were led by Westerman and Higgins with 8 points and 2 threes each, while Dotson was held to just 7 points and one longball. Miller added 6 points and Hall 5 including a first-quarter three. Creek Wood will look to snap a 4 game skid with a non-district game against Montgomery Central Wednesday morning at 11:30. The Indians lost 74-55 to Stewarts Creek on Monday and 68-61 to Northwest on Tuesday, but got a 54-41 win over Creek Wood Thursday night in Charlotte as well. The seventh place game of the Rossview tournament will be heard on WDKN 1260 AM and 101.5 The One FM Wednesday morning with pregame starting at 11:15.
The Creek Wood girls battled tournament host Dyersburg on Tuesday, and the pure speed and athleticism of the Lady Trojans was too much for the Lady Red Hawks to handle. Dyersburg led 32-16 at the half, and held on for a 56-42 win. Raegan Hohl had a team-high 13 points including 2 threes, while Elayna Gass was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc (67%) for 12 points. Taylor Moore added 3 threes for 9 total points. The Lady Red Hawks get to rest up Wednesday, before going back to work with a district showdown against Waverly on Thursday night and a Summertown Classic after Christmas.