The Creek Wood Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks played similar games in their doubleheaders on Tuesday night–build a lead, give up a rally, build the lead again. The teams mirrored each other in a non-district doubleheader on Thursday night, falling behind early and playing catchup all night before dropping both contests to their nearby rivals from Harpeth.
The Lady Indians started hot with a 6-0 start in a defensive slugfest, but Creek Wood rallied back and took an 8-6 lead off a basket-and-one from Elayna Gass with 45 seconds left in the first. Harpeth tied the game, but Gass nailed a three with about 2 seconds left to give Creek Wood an 11-8 lead going into the second. Gass led the way with 6 points, while Raegan Hohl had a three and Lydia Edmondson added 2 points for Creek Wood; Katelynn Staed paced Harpeth with 6 points in the paint and solid defense, while Kailynn Beshears added a bucket.
Coach Jamie Mitchell fired up his Lady Indian defense in the second, and they pitched a 9-0 shutout for a 17-11 lead at the half. Staed added 4 more points for a 10 point first half, while Jordan Gracia had a three and forward Maddie Pyrdum had her first bucket. The Lady Red Hawks answered back with a 13-8 third as Edmondson found her way to the basket for 6 points and Taylor Moore hit a three, so with 8 minutes to go Creek Wood had trimmed the lead to 25-24. Pyrdum hit a three in the third and Staed only had 3 points, but the duo went off in the fourth. Pyrdum had 8 points including another three, Staed added 5 including a three of her own, and Beshears added 3 more fourth quarter points, as Harpeth used an 18-10 fourth to hold off the home team for a 43-34 victory.
Edmondson led the way for Creek Wood, with 6 of the 10 points in the fourth and a team-high 14 points in the game including a three, while Gass had 8 points and Hohl 7. Staed paced the Tribe with a game-high 18 while Pyrdum chipped in 13 in the victory.
The Harpeth boys started hot in their game, as Jake Gibbs and Cannon Johnson found their offensive rhythm early, but the Red Hawks very nearly pulled off an epic comeback in the fourth. Gibbs hit two threes and had 10 points in the first while Johnson added 4 points to give the Indians a 15-7 lead after one. Coulter Dotson hit two baskets and Dallas Hall added one, but Creek Wood did not score from three in the entire first half. Four of the five starters scored for the Red Hawks in the second quarter including Dotson with 4 more points, but Johnson hit a three in a 5-point effort and his teammates made 5 free throws in a closely-called contest, helping Harpeth win the second 13-11 for a 28-18 halftime lead.
A double-digit lead was the safe zone for the Indians for most of the second half, as Dotson and the Red Hawks would chop the lead down a little, then Harpeth would build it right back. Dotson canned a pair of longballs in a 12-point third quarter while Hall added 5 points, and a 17-13 frame cut the lead to 41-35. Devin Copeland woke up offensively for the Tribe with 6 points in the quarter, but the Red Hawks found new life down just 6 points going into the fourth. A total of 5 players scored in the final stanza for Harpeth as they tried to find breathing room, but Dotson keyed a relentless attack in the final minutes, and after the junior canned a three the lead was cut to just 3 points. Johnson responds on the next drive by hitting a three while drawing a foul, converting a four-point-play, then hitting another three the next time down the floor. That turned a 3 point game back into a 10 point game, and the Red Hawks would not recover. With 90 seconds left and a road district game the next night, Coach Charles Taylor went to his reserves. The backups scored 4 points, but the 18-16 Harpeth quarter meant that the Indians escaped with a 59-51 win.
Johnson led the way for Harpeth with 21 points and 4 threes, while Gibbs added 13 points and 2 threes while Copeland added 8 points. Dotson led the way again for Creek Wood with a game-high 27 points and 3 of the Red Hawks’ 4 made threes. Hall had the other trey on a 10 point night, while Garrett Dolinich added 4 points.
Creek Wood travels to Camden to face Hunter Vick and the Camden Central Lions and Lady Lions on Friday. Coverage starts at 5:45 on WDKN 1260 AM and the WDKN app, while Dickson County battles Rossview on 101.5 The One FM.