Back-to-back losses put Red Hawks in 7th-place game

Back-to-back losses have put the Creek Wood Red Hawks in today’s seventh-place game of the Rossview Roundball Christmas Tournament in Clarksville. The Red Hawks will face District 11-AA rival Montgomery Central at 11:30 am Wednesday to avoid last place in the tournament. Coach Charles Taylor announced Wednesday morning that the game would be switched to a junior varsity contest. The Indians handed Creek Wood a tough 54-41 loss just last week. In Monday’s tournament opener, host Rossview rolled over Creek Wood 64-25. The Class AAA Hawks used their superior size to dominate inside and Creek Wood’s normally reliable outside shooting suffered a cold spell. Rossview hit a trio of three-pointers in the first period to build a 13-5 lead and blew the game open with a 20-6 second quarter to lead 33-11 at halftime. A 24-7 third period put the mercy rule into effect as reserves played out the final frame of a 39-point Rossview win. Coulter Dotson led the Red Hawks with 10 points. Dropping into the consolation bracket, Creek Wood faced a Central Magnet squad Tuesday that was beaten by Cheatham County in the first round. The Red Hawks held the lead until the final five minutes of the game before the Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter for a 46-37 victory. In a defensive battle, Creek Wood led 24-16 at halftime and was up by six at the end of the third, 34-28. But Will Carver and Patrick Blair each scored 7 points in the fourth to key an 18-3 rally for Central Magnet. Carver’s three-pointer with five minutes remaining put the Tigers ahead 36-35 and the Red Hawks never recovered. Carver finished with 16 and Blair had 11 while Devon Higgins and Micah Westerman led Creek Wood with 8 points each and leading scorer Dotson was held to 7. The losses force Creek Wood into a rematch with Montgomery Central, which fell to Stewarts Creek 74-55 Monday and Northwest 68-61 on Tuesday. In their last game before the tournament, the Red Hawks suffered their second consecutive district loss to the Indians on Thursday. Creek Wood-Montgomery Central will be heard on WDKN, 101.5 The One FM, and the WDKN app starting with the A-1 Signs Pregame Show at 11:15 Wednesday morning. Creek Wood returns to District 11-AA action Thursday hosting Waverly for a doubleheader.