Creek Wood’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both got an opening night win over Cheatham County Central in tight contests.
The Lady Red Hawks won 49-41 while the Red Hawks had to go into overtime to take down the Cubs 57-56.
The Creek Wood girls led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter but Cheatham would close that gap to 22-21 at the half.
A 34-32 lead at the end of the third quarter went away quickly as Cheatham made a three-pointer early in the fourth to take its first lead of the night but Creek Wood went on a 13-0 run to take a commanding 47-35 lead.
With very little time remaining, Creek Wood was able to hold off the Lady Cubs for the 49-41 win.
“We just played a really good team in Cheatham and I thought we held our composure, even when Cheatham took the lead,” Creek Wood coach Russell Wilson said. “It was a good, early test for us and we were able to pull out the close game at home. This kind of game gives us confidence. Winning a tough game, early in the season, against a tough opponent builds confidence in those girls.”
The boys’ game was just as tight, if not tighter. Creek Wood held the lead at the end of the first quarter up 11-8 but Cheatham would take the lead to the half at 27-25.
After going on a short run in the third quarter, Cheatham led 45-39 going into the final quarter but the Red Hawks fought back to tie the game at 52-52. The Cubs had the ball and 12 seconds to put up a shot but Creek Wood forced the miss and we were headed for overtime.
Tied once again at 56-56 with just 19 seconds left, coach Charles Taylor took a timeout and drew up a play. Clint Morgan was fouled on his way to the basket and made one of his two free throws to take a 57-56 lead. The Red Hawks defense, as it had all night, came up clutch in the final 10 seconds to hold off Cheatham for the win.
“They (Cheatham) played on Tuesday and we hadn’t so a lot of it was just knocking the rust off,” Taylor said. “I’m really proud of this group gutting out a win when we weren’t as sharp as we could be, but that’s to be expected first game of the year. We’re pretty consistent with the ball, we’ve got some good ballhandlers and we play good defense. That’s going to keep us in a lot of ball games this year.”
Creek Wood will spend next week at the Thanksgiving Tournament at Harpeth.
Creek Wood (49): Brianna Burgess 19, Bryanna Moore 10, Laura Nichols 8, Alessia Nesbitt 6, Kendal Bryant 4, Abby Owen 2
Cheatham (41): Harper Dee 10, Montana Lee 8, Lexus Cook 6, Macie Harter 6, Ansley Pfeffer 5, Ellie Pardue 4, Katelyn Sisco 2
Creek Wood (57): Jace Harrell 17, Jamison Ford 13, Clint Morgan 7, Braden Dawson 6, Tanner Lampley 5, Carter Thomason 5, Bryson Harding 4
Cheatham (56): Tucker Carter 18, Syler White 10, Carter Pardue 9, Derek Ballew 8, Grayson Cox 8, Liam Hayes 3