CW Sweeps Home, District Opener

Tuesday night was a good night for the Creek Wood basketball squads. The home opener was also the district opener as well, and both the Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks were rude hosts to Stewart County. The home teams raced out to leads, gave up rallies, and ultimately held on for wins in front of a rowdy crowd on “90s Night” at the CWHS gym.

The Lady Red Hawks started hot, winning the first quarter 17-6 off 7 points each from Lydia Edmondson and 5 from Elayna Gass. The Stewart County Lady Rebels answered back in a big way, however, winning the second 10-7 as Hannah Templon had a basket-and-one while MaKenzie Wallace nailed a trey. Down 24-16 at the half, the Lady Rebels took the third as well 15-11, with MaKayleigh Lackey adding 5 points and Holli Shepherd adding 4. Lackey, Wallace, and Peanut White each had third quarter threes, but Creek Wood still led 35-31 as Edmondson had a basket-and-one while Taylor Moore had a trey in a 6 point frame. The Lady Red Hawks, who never trailed in the game, pulled away in a 12-9 fourth, scoring half their points at the charity stripe. Edmondson poured in 6 points in the final 8 minutes, as 4 players scored in the fourth for Creek Wood. Shepherd added 4 points in the fourth, but it was not enough, as CWHS held on for a 47-40 win.

Edmondson led Creek Wood with a game high 19 points, including 2 baskets-and-one and a total of 7 made free throws. Moore had 11 points and 2 threes while Gass had a trey and 7 points. Shepherd had 12 points to lead the Lady Rebels, while Wallace and Lackey each had 8 including 2 threes.

The Red Hawk boys played a similar game, stretching out the lead multiple times only to see Stewart County roar back to trim the lead and even tie it up. Creek Wood never trailed, however–even at the start. Alessandro Caselli was written in the scorebook as number 35, but when he started the game in 34 the officials assessed a technical foul. Coulter Dotson hit both foul shots, and the Red Hawks led 2-0 before the clock ever ran. Creek Wood also got the ball to start the game, and after a quick three led 5-0. Dotson had 8 points in a 19-11 Creek Wood quarter, while Aaron Daniel hit 2 threes, Dallas Hall one three, and Micah Westerman scored 2 points. Rye Nolen, the sharpshooting big man for Stewart County, had 2 threes and 9 of his Rebels’ 11 first quarter points.

Stewart County stormed back in the second, winning the frame 13-9 as Nolen and Caleb Sommers each hit threes. Garrett Dolinich had a basket for the Red Hawks, but the rest of their points came from Dotson. The junior leader even hit a basket-and-one, but was assessed a technical before he even got to the foul line–and the player who fouled him, Nolen, got to shoot the foul shots; he went 1-for-2. Jake Cook had a basket for Stewart County with 2:37 left in the half, tying the game for the first time all day, but Creek Wood was able to squeak back out in front and retake the lead twice before the first half ended with the home team up 28-24.

Creek Wood dominated the third 16-8, as Dolinich had 7 points including a three while Hall added 4 points. Nolen was held off the score sheet, but Caselli hit a trey and Cook scored another basket. Creek Wood led 44-32 at the end of three, and the margin stayed around 10-12 for the rest of the game. The Rebels would surge again in the fourth, but Dotson proved to be the difference; the junior had 9 points for Creek Wood, which lost the fourth 20-19 but won the game 63-52.

Nolen finished with 21 points and 5 threes to lead the Rebels, while Caselli had 11 points and Lorenzo Zanelli 8 points off the bench, all in the fourth. Dotson again led the Red Hawks, scoring a game-high 24 points; Dolinich had a rare offensive outburst with 12 points including a three, good for second-best on the team, third-best in the game, and MVP honors in an 11-point win. Daniel added 8 points, while Hall and Westerman added 7 each.

Creek Wood hosts Harpeth on Thursday night on WDKN and 101.5, then travels to Camden for district action on Friday night.

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