Tuesday night almost felt like a tune-up game for Creek Wood as they prepare for the district tournament.
The Lady Red Hawks were victorious 63-46, while the Red Hawks put up their highest total this season with an 82-60 victory.
Maybe even more importantly, with the Loretto game looming on Thursday, both teams and certain players seemed to be hitting their stride.
The Lady Red Hawks avoided another slow start with twenty-two first-quarter points.
Everyone also played their role to perfection.
Kendall Bryant gave White House issues defensively on whoever she was guarding.
Alessia Nesbitt had active hands and dominated in steals and rebounds.
Laura Nichols put up eighteen points to help take pressure off Brianna Burgess, and Burgess took advantage.
A thirty-point outburst from Burgess could not have come at a better time.
Not only because it proves she is getting hotter as we enter the postseason, but also because Karly Weathers comes to town Thursday night.
Weathers is a five-foot-eleven combo guard committed to Alabama.
This is a chance for Burgess to rise to the level of an SEC caliber player or find out she still has some work to do.
It will be a matchup you will not want to miss.
The Red Hawks meanwhile, showed yet again what an unselfish and deep team they are capable of being.
Five players scored in double figures last night; Jamison Ford, Braden Dawson, Jace Herrell, Carter Thomason, and Bryson Harding.
Ford might have had over twenty had any of his shots fallen trying to earn an and-one opportunity.
As well, it is not as if Creek Wood came out strong and coasted.
They had twenty-three first-quarter points but also had twenty-five fourth-quarter points.
It was a dominant performance offensively from start to finish.
Now the Red Hawks will have the challenge of Loretto on Thursday night.
While the Mustangs do not have a Weathers on the boys’ side, they do have an all too familiar face.
Greg Tipps, former Lady Cougars Head Coach, will pace the sidelines again in Dickson County.
He brings a well-coached, scrappy, and tenacious team to Creek Wood.
According to Head Coach Charles Taylor, this is similar to what the Red Hawks will see come regional and sectional time.
He hopes it will serve as a final piece to their prep for the postseason.
Tip-off will, as always, be at six p.m. with the boys to follow fifteen minutes after and pre-game at 5:45.