Tim Randolph finds a Creek Wood teammate
Photo: Marty Allison/Dickson Sports Media
By Willie Brown Jr.
NOLENSVILLE, TN- A season riddled with injuries came to an end for the Creek Wood Red Hawks (6-22, 4-10) at Nolensville High School on Wednesday, as Creek Wood fell 60-48 in the R6AA quarterfinal.
Despite a valiant effort, the Red Hawks were unable to tame the two-time D12AA Champions. In the first quarter, neither team could buy a bucket, with both Creek Wood and Nolensville missing layups left and right.
“Shots didn’t fall early, some of that was fatigue, some was what they changed defensively” stated Creek Wood Coach Charles Taylor.
Two minutes would elapse before the Knights would get on the board. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 7-6 in favor of Nolensville. In the second frame, both teams would find some offense. The Red Hawks would post 17 points in the second, and Nolensville would score 18 points in the quarter.
The Red Hawks did a good job in the first half not allowing the Knights’ 6’7’’ center Nate Bloedorn to dominate in the post.
“We were trying to get Rex Edmonson on the block to try and attack their big” continued Taylor.
Bloedorn would only score four points in the first half. As the second half unfolded, Nolensville would turn up the scoring in the paint.
“We were down seven or eight, we would have to score a basket and get a stop and we couldn’t seem to do it,” said Taylor.
At the end of the third, the score was 35-29 in favor of Nolensville. As time elapsed in the fourth, the Red Hawks would get into foul trouble and Nolensville would convert on every trip to the charity stripe.
Nathan Foutch led Nolensville in scoring with 20 points, nine of those would come from the free throw line.
Tim Randolph would lead his Red Hawks in scoring with 14 followed by Tyler Neely with 12, as the Red Hawks fell 60-48.
With the loss, Creek Wood officially ends their season in the region tournament.
Creek Wood made strides in the month of February, winning its last two games and upsetting Hickman County in the district tournament, before losing to Camden 61-47 and Lewis County 76-69 in overtime. The Red Hawks look to improve next season with seven sophomores and freshman who all got playing time this season.