Dickson County took the 15-minute drive up HWY 48 to take on Creek Wood Tuesday night, the winners were no surprise, but the games were.
A 44-30 win for the Lady Red Hawks and a 48-47 victory for the Red Hawks, neither game was a blowout or determined before the midpoint of the fourth quarter.
The Lady Red Hawks led just 17-14 at the half, it was one of the lowest-scoring first halfs this season for them.
No one could score, partial credit to credit stifling defense by both sides, but truly even lay-ups felt difficult for both teams.
Laura Nichols would lead all scorers at the half with just six points.
In the second half things did not improve much, though Creek Wood would pull away in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
If not for three late trips to the free-throw line, Brianna Burgess would have been held to nine total points, she ended up with thirteen.
Unfortunately, the Lady Cougars could not capitalize on their great defensive performance.
After holding the Creek Wood big three of Nichols, Burgess, and Alessia Nesbitt to just 33, Dickson Countys’ big three fell flat.
AC Milam, Riley Moore, and Jenna Russell had combined for seventy-five percent of their teams points sure their three-game win streak.
They failed to get over thirty percent Tuesday night.
Moore and Milam had just two points apiece, Russell had seven.
The Lady Cougars will never win a game that way.
On the other hand, the Cougars felt heartbreak again.
After a tough two-point loss to Waverly on the road a week ago, the boys fell by a point to their cross-county rivals.
On a last-second three no less.
Jace Herrell let it fly for Creek Wood from the right side, forty-five or so degree angle, trailing 47-45.
Nothing but net for the Red Hawk PG who had struggled up till then.
Jamison Ford had carried Creek Wood throughout the game, twenty-four points, but on the final play, he chose to make the pass and trust his veteran leader.
Dickson County, and especially Chanx Martin, did all they could yet again before falling short.
Martin had thirteen points in his debut against Waverly, he would up that to seventeen Tuesday at Creek Wood.
He seems to bring an energy and a belief to this team that they were lacking before him.
It also doesn’t hurt he is a 6’6″ point forward, a hybrid, who can do almost anything he is asked on the court.
His play elevated those around him but again, the Cougars come up just short.
Both squads for Dickson County will have a great chance Friday to get in the win column.
They will host Hickman County.
The Lady Cougars blew out the Lady Bulldogs in their second matchup after a double OT loss in their first.
Meanwhile, the Cougars will try and avenge a loss to the Bulldogs and this time, they have Martin.
Tip-off at six pm, pre-game around 5:45.