Both the Creek Wood girls and boys basketball teams won Friday night in an early season matchup against Cheatham County Central.
The Lady Red Hawks defeated Cheatham County 71-51, while the Creek Wood boys won 72-55.
In the girls game, Allie Burgess led Creek Wood with 17 points, including four made shots from behind the three-point line. Cheatham’s Ansley Pfeffer led her team in points with 14.
“They came out relaxed and took advantage of our youth,” said Cheatham coach Jim Gibbs. “They took advantage of our turnovers, and you have to give credit to a quality team in Creek Wood. They won 27 games for a reason last year; they’ve got talent.”
Cheatham’s starting point guard, freshman Ellie Pardue, went out in the third period due to an injury and was placed in concussion protocol. Pardue is part of the youth movement for Cheatham, but Gibbs isn’t exactly sure when she’ll be back. With Pardue, six of Cheatham’s 12 players on the roster weren’t on the team last season, including five freshmen.
“They’re going to get a lot of playing time,” Gibbs said about his freshmen. “With [Pardue] going down, we’ve got to have some others step up. It’s that next man up mentality that we have to have.”
Creek Wood got out to an early 18-7 lead by the end of the first period and really didn’t allow Cheatham to back into striking distance as they maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game to arrive at the final.
Burgess wasn’t the only Lady Red Hawks’ player who played well offensively. Laura Nichols and Brianna Burgess also scored in double digits.
Creek Wood’s offense looked almost unstoppable at times during the game, but Creek Wood coach Russell Wilson knows his team must continue to improve.
“I thought we played OK,” Wilson said. “We made too many turnovers, but give Cheatham credit for a bunch of those. They are young but always play really, really hard. We are just trying to get better one practice and one game at a time.”
On the boys side, Raekwonn Nesbitt had a career game with 33 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc. Creek Wood center Rex Edmondson also scored in double digits with 14.
Cheatham’s Tucker Carter scored 23 points, and Andrew Mayberry scored 19 of his own.
Cheatham came strong out of the gate in the boys game taking an early 8-3 lead, but as Creek Wood got settled, they were able to take the lead and keep it throughout the game.
Midway through the fourth period, Cheatham was able to cut the lead to less than 10 points, but another big three-pointer from Nesbitt put the game away as Creek Wood sailed to victory.
“Although it didn’t end the way we wanted it to, there were a lot of positives to take away from the game,” said Cheatham County Central coach Aaron Nicholson. “Our guys fought hard the entire game, and I couldn’t have asked any more of them. We’ve definitely got some things to improve on, but I think that was a good first game to build on going forward.”
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Creek Wood (71): Allie Burgess 17, Laura Nichols 15, Brianna Burgess 14, Autumn Burgess 6, Raegan Taylor 5, Bryanna Moore 4 and Abby Owen 2.
Cheatham (51): Harper Dee 14, Ansley Pfeffer 14, Macie Harter 6, Katelyn Sisco 6, Lexus Cook 5 and Ellie Pardue 3.
BOYS BOX SCORE
Creek Wood (72): Raekwonn Nesbitt 33, Rex Edmondson 14, Jamison Ford 9, Braden Dawson 6, Jace Harrell 4, Cole Adams 2, Tanner Lampley 2 and Clint Morgan 2.
Cheatham (55): Tucker Carter 23, Andrew Mayberry 19, Willie Angeles 6, Jacob Adcock 3, Zach Carter 2 and Nae’sean Martinez 2.