The Creek Wood Red Hawks had to wait out a double overtime matchup before they could take the floor in the Auxiliary Gym at Bob Jones High School on Tuesday night. The elimination game against Gadsden City would start more than 20 minutes late, but the speedy Titans would make sure the game ended early. A cold shooting effort from the Red Hawks combined with ridiculous energy from Gadsden City, and the Titans would win in a blowout 68-27.
After a defensive stalemate in the opening minutes, the Red Hawk three point shooting heated up. Dallas Hall canned two treys, while Micah Westerman and Aaron Daniel had one each. Creek Wood had the first lead and stretched out a 5 point lead at 12-7 with 4:35 left in the first quarter. However, when Gadsden City woke up offensively, they were hard to contain, and the defense followed suit. The Titans rallied and took the first 22-12. Jalen Cole had 7 points in the second quarter as Gadsden City took the frame 14-8. Coulter Dotson was held scoreless in the first, but had 6 of the Red Hawks’ 8 points in the second.
The Titans pulled away in the third, nearly blanking the visitors until a late trey from Dotson. Cole had 3 more longballs and 11 points, while Deonte Jones had 5 points; the Titans rocked Creek Wood 26-3 in the third, to stretch a 36-20 halftime lead to 62-23. The mercy rule meant the fourth quarter clock was constantly running, but the fourth was not without its own drama. A technical foul was called against the Creek Wood bench with 5:17 left, but after Jacquez King hit one of the two technical foul shots, Randy Evans was called for a technical foul for giving a Red Hawk a forearm towards the head on the inbounds play. Dotson hit one of two foul shots, but CWHS was unable to rally. Gadsden City had its biggest lead of the game at 42 points with 7:22 left in the game; the Titans won the frame 6-4, and held on for a 41 point victory.
Cole led all scorers with 21 points, 6 threes, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. Jones added 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 threes, an assist, and a steal. A total of 11 players scored for the Titans in the win. Dotson led the way for Creek Wood for the third straight game, scoring 10 points on 4 of 18 shooting, adding a lone three, 4 rebounds, and an assist. Westerman played 25 minutes and 59 seconds, most of anyone in the game, and had 6 points on 2-of-2 shooting– a three in the first and another in the fourth–plus an assist, an offensive rebound, and a defensive board. Hall also had 6 points, on a pair of first-quarter threes, while Daniel had a three and Garrett Dolinich added 2 points. Creek Wood finished shooting 28% from the floor, compared to Gadsden City’s 63%.
On Wednesday, the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks play at noon and at 3pm at the Forrest Tournament in Chapel Hill, TN, then the Dickson County girls play at 6pm. All three games will be heard on 101.5 The One FM and WDKN 1260 AM.