Creek Woods’ Lady Red Hawks will look to change their fortune this season.
Some new faces, a new district, and a new playstyle will highlight this season.
Like anyone Head Coach Kate Siddall is happy to see last season left where it belongs, in the past.
I asked her what the last year was like and she made it simple “it was awful.”
What does not look like it will be awful this year is the Lady Red Hawks’ season though.
After an abysmal 2020 campaign, things are looking up.
Despite losing key players, Creek Wood does return Julia Adams who sat out last year due to injury.
According to coach Siddall, “she is going to be somebody that we really lean on. Somebody that [will] take more of a placeholder” referencing the talent that the Lady Red Hawks lost in the middle of the field from last year.
Adams, along with some freshmen may very well contribute to a shift in the way the team plays as well.
“We have a good group of freshmen coming in, we have a lot of speed coming up. Maybe we just change up how we play. Maybe instead of having the control and stuff we once had…we focus more on keeping everything outside using our speed to our advantage.”
New faces, new playstyle, and like every team at both high schools, also a new district.
For the Lady Red Hawks, it is not a big shift though.
They simply maintain some teams they were playing and lose others.
The district now will consist of just four teams instead of six. Those teams being Creek Wood, Montgomery Central, Sycamore, and Fairview.
Creek wood will face each team twice, once at each program’s home field. That certainly could be an advantage for the Lady Red Hawks getting to play six district games against just 3 opponents.
It also lends itself to scheduling freedom.
Coach Siddall mentioned she will “sneak in a few non-district teams, we have a total of 16 games. We are playing in a tournament at John Overton in September…so I am excited for the girls’ to get a lot of exposure outside our district.”
A lot will be new come season start for Creek Wood, one thing that will not be is the early season match up with Dickson County.
In my final question to Coach Siddall, I asked what it means to get that rivalry back this season with the ability to have everyone present and involved, she did not hold back in her response.
“It’s always exciting to play Dickson. We are gonna give it our best effort. It is always something the girls are excited about…like I have told the girls [though] I expect nothing but your hundred percent from the time the whistle blows until it stops.”
You can hear the full interview with Coach Siddall at the link below.