It was a unique situation for Creek Wood basketball, to be sure. After Creek Wood’s basketball programs hosted Hickman County for the District 11AA Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals on back-to-back nights, the Lady Red Hawks hosted Marshall County for the Region 6AA Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday before the boys traveled to Marshall County on Saturday.
The Tigerettes headed up to Charlotte with a 13-14 overall record and a fourth place finish in the District 12AA Tournament, and after a 29-21 loss to Page in the consolation game, they knew what their path to victory was–stall ball. After all, they were down to 8 players on the entire team due to injury, and were playing at District 11AA Champion Creek Wood and an up-tempo, run-and-gun offense. When out-manned and out-gunned, the best strategy is to keep the ball out of the other team’s hands, because they can’t score if they don’t have the ball.
With the Lady Red Hawks content to play zone or a man-to-man defense without tight pressure, Marshall County was able to play this to perfection, holding a 6-2 edge at the end of one and a 12-11 margin at the half. After a 9-6 second, however, Creek Wood won the third 13-4 as Elayna Gass, Raegan Hohl, and Taylor Moore bombed threes. Up 24-16 going to the fourth, the Lady Red Hawks did what they had to do in a 13-10 fourth, which meant hitting 8 free throws and getting another trey from the senior Moore. Leah Hollingsworth, who was matched up against Hohl on offense and defense all night, hit 2 threes in the fourth including one after Hohl went to the bench, but Marshall County ran out of time and strategy, and Creek Wood held on for a 37-26 win at home.
Hollingsworth and Zachuriya O’Neal each had 11 points to lead the Tigerettes. Moore had 3 threes and 11 points to lead Creek Wood, while Sam Kilian had 10.
The Creek Wood boys traveled to Lewisburg for a showdown against the District 12AA champs, and saw a familiar sight staring them down. The Tigers were quick, conditioned, press-oriented, and liked to shoot the three, much like the Red Hawks. However, Creek Wood struggled to figure out the type of game the officials would allow, as physical play would sometimes be allowed and other times lead to odd foul calls. Marshall County found that elusive rhythm for the most part, however, as they overcame an 11-6 CWHS start to go on a 19-0 run starting in the first and ending before halftime.
Creek Wood trailed 13-11 at the end of one despite 7 points from Coulter Dotson, as DeAndre Brown led the way with 9 points for Marshall County. The surge continued in the second as Caleb Fields went off for 7 points while Tre Crutcher hit 2 threes in an 8 point outing. Dotson had 4 points in the quarter while Allen Miller added a hoop, but the Tigers owned the second 17-6 for a 30-17 halftime edge.
Dotson went off for 7 more in the third, but 5 players scored for Marshall County, and a 15-10 frame stretched the lead out to 45-27. Senior Aaron Daniel hit 2 threes in an 8 point fourth quarter, but the Tigers would not be denied. Brown added 4 more points, and reserve D’Johnathan Tears went off for 9, as an 18-15 fourth iced a 63-42 win for Marshall County and a ticket to the Region Semifinals.
Brown had 17 points for the Tigers in the win, while Crutcher added 14 and both Fields and Tears had 9 points. Dotson led Creek Wood with 20 points while Daniel added 10 and Miller 8.
The Lady Red Hawks host Giles County Monday night at 6pm on WDKN 1260 AM, as Dickson County will be playing at the same time on 101.5 The One FM. A win on Monday would guarantee a spot in the Sectional Game, a play-in game to the State Tournament.