Indians take down Red Hawks in contested battle

 Tim Randolph shoots a jumper in the loss to Harpeth

By Casey Patrick

cpatrick@mainstreetmediatn.com

            HARPETH- On Friday evening the boys basketball game started out at a frantic pace and stayed that way until the last ten seconds of the game. Both defenses and offenses ran up and down the court all night, but Creek Wood turned the ball over a few too many times and Harpeth took advantage of those mistakes. The final score ended at 45-57 in favor of the Indians but it was a much closer game than that. Creek Wood had to foul Harpeth to try and stay in it, but ultimately the Indians were able to make their free throws while forcing turnovers on defense to keep the Red Hawks from scoring.

“We didn’t play very well last week,” Creek Wood Coach Charles Taylor said. “But tonight I thought we played with a lot of energy, a lot of effort. We had some shots roll off the rim, and if those would have fell we could have caught them. It seemed like we were down 2 or 3 points and we would get the look we want, it just wouldn’t fall. In the end the final score wasn’t indicative of the game, but we had to foul, they made free throws, we would get the ball back and press a little bit and not find the shot we were looking for. This is a great atmosphere, and that will really help us come district time.”

At one point in time neither the Red Hawks nor the Indians were very pleased with some questionable calls made by the officiating, but Harpeth Coach Robert Kreps was happy with his team’s composure.

“Tonight was a gritty win,” Kreps stated. “There was no flow to that game, a foul was called every time you come down the court, and I thought our team handled it well in the second half.”

Speaking with junior Grant Patterson on his team’s ability to stay composed and poised, he was also happy with the way he and his teammates were able to respond to the adversity.

“We just try to move on and not think about that kind of stuff,” Patterson said. “We did a good job of staying together through the game. We don’t let it bother us.”

“We have a rule where I worry about the refs and the players don’t,” Kreps added. “We didn’t do a very good job of that in the first half. But in the second half we stayed poised, we stayed composed. Bad calls happen, they’re always going to happen and I thought we did much better towards the end of the game of just playing and not worrying about the refs.”

Creek Wood will travel to East Nashville next Monday, December 3 for their next game, and the Indians will travel down the road a little bit to Sycamore High School next Tuesday, December 4 for their next contest.

BOYS BOX SCORE

Creek Wood (45): Tyler Neely 17, Tim Randolph 13, Richard Payton 6, Andre Darden 4, Bryson Payton 2, Brandon Porter 2, Stone Collins 1

Harpeth (57): Daniel Bandy 11, Luke Liles 11, Carter Hutchison 10, Blake Provo 10, Chace Taylor 6, Grayson Maddux 4, Grant Patterson 4, Will Collier 1

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