Christmas Classic hosts Summertown gave a rude welcome to Creek Wood’s Lady Red Hawks with a 60-46 victory in Lawrence County Thursday night. Creek Wood will try to close out 2016 with a win against Community High School tonight. The Lady Eagles overcame a slow start to take a three-point lead at intermission, then shut down Creek Wood’s outside game to build a 10-point lead by the end of the third and iced the 14-point win with free throws in the fourth. Elayna Gass had 8 points including a pair of three-pointers to push the Lady Red Hawks to a 19-14 lead in the first period. But Gass and Taylor Moore each hit a trey for all of Creek Wood’s points in the second period while Lauren Graves scored 10 in the first half as the Lady Eagles rallied to a 28-25 halftime advantage. Creek Wood’s outside shooting went cold in the second half, forcing the Lady Red Hawks to battle inside against the athletic Lady Eagles. Graves had her third 5-point quarter as Summertown pulled out to a 47-37 lead heading into the fourth. Creek Wood was forced to send the Lady Eagles to the foul line where they hit 7 free throws to account for more than half of their points in the fourth to hold on for the 14-point win. Graves led all scorers with 15. Lydia Edmondson and Gass led Creek Wood with 11 each while Raegan Hohl had 10 and Moore finished with 8. Creek Wood will face the Community Viqueens at 6:30 pm Friday in the eighth of nine games in Summertown. Coverage on WDKN, wdkn.com and the WDKN app begins with the A-1 Signs Pregame Show at 6:15. Creek Wood resumes its regular season schedule with a doubleheader at Hickman County Tuesday.
Montgomery Bell State Park and other parks across Tennessee will celebrate the New Year with a hike on Sunday. Montgomery Bell’s First Hike will be at 9 am Sunday. Participants can join Ranger Tim Wheatley at the park office and visitors center for coffee and refreshments before kicking off the new year with an easy one-mile hike on the Jim Bailey Nature Trail. The trail is natural surface and participants should dress for the weather and comfort. Montgomery Bell State Park has almost 19 miles in hiking trails, ranging from .2 of a mile on the Campground Trail to 10.4 miles on the Overnight Trail. For more information on Montgomery Bell State Park, visit tnstateparks.com or the Montgomery Bell page on Facebook or call 615-797-9051.
With a pair of wins over Scotts Hill Wednesday, the Dickson County High School Cougars and Lady Cougars advanced in the winners’ bracket of the Above the Rim Invitational at Hickman County High School. With a 64-38 win over the Lady Lions, the Lady Cougars will face Perry County at 4 pm Thursday. By rolling over the Lions 84-43, the Cougars play at 8:30 pm against the winner of Wednesday’s late game between Loretto and host Hickman County. The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks will play their first game in the 4th annual Christmas Classic at Summertown High School at 5:30, making for a Thursday tripleheader on the RFC Sports Network. Emily Beard scored 23 points in the first half as the Lady Cougars took control early over Class A Scotts Hill. After leading 45-19 at halftime, the Lady Cougars went to the bench extensively in the second half to coast to the 26-point win. Nine Lady Cougars got into the scoring column as Beard led the way with 27 points. A 24-4 second quarter put the Cougars firmly in control of their game with the Lions. Leading comfortably 46-18 at halftime, the boys also went to the bench early and reserves played exclusively in the fourth period of the 41-point win. Darian Burns led Dickson County with 14 points while Noah Edmisson had 11 as every Cougar that played put points on the board. Creek Wood’s Lady Red Hawks will take on host Summertown at 5:30. Today’s schedule on WDKN, 101.5 The One FM, wdkn.com and the WDKN app has the Lady Cougars in a semifinal at 4 pm in Centerville, the Lady Red Hawks immediately after that at 5:30 in Summertown and the Cougars in a semifinal at 8:30 back in Centerville. Coverage begins with the A-1 Signs Pregame Show from Centerville at 3:45. Both tournaments conclude Friday.
Dickson County quarterback Jacob Murphree was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s All-State Team for football’s Class 5A. Murphree broke his own school records with over 3,200 yards passing and 28 touchdowns as the Cougars finished 3-7 and missed the playoffs. Joining Murphree on the All-State Team is Farragut quarterback Adam Fulton, who guided the Admirals to the Class 5A state championship. Farragut led the TSWA’s All-State Team with five players named. Also honored from Region 6-5A are Centennial offensive lineman Eli Katina, Brentwood kicker Tucker Day and Northeast running back Gus Antoine was named Class 5A Athlete of the Year.
Vanderbilt wrapped up its last non-conference game of the season with its worst performance in a 75-59 loss at Memphis Wednesday. Hampered by cold shooting and foul trouble, the Commodores fell behind early, trailed 43-27 at halftime and never cut the margin to less than double digits in the second half. Four Commodores fouled out and Vandy shot only 35 percent from the floor, including hitting just 4 of 13 three-pointers. Getting the second start of her career, former Lady Cougar LeaLea Carter had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists but committed a team-high 6 turnovers. Junior Rachel Bell from Creek Wood finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds. Erin Whalen was the only Commodore in double figures with 14 while Cheyenne Creighton led four Tigers in double digits with 26 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs. Despite missing 20 free throws, Memphis snapped an eight-game losing streak to Vandy. The 10-3 Commodores will open their 16-game SEC schedule Monday at Texas A&M in a 6 pm game on the SEC Network and host Tennessee Jan. 5.