CHARLOTTE – Sycamore’s boys’ basketball team got the season opening win over Creek Wood with a strong second half in new coach Steve Dodd’s debut by a score of 66-55, while the Lady Red Hawks won the girls game over Sycamore by a score of 59-41.
The boys game was tight, much like the girls game, until halfway through the third quarter when the War Eagles started to separate and grab a big lead. Creek Wood tied the game at 40 early in that third quarter and seemed to have all the momentum, but Sycamore held them off right after and went on an 11-0 run to really open the gap.
“I thought we played hard and I thought we played exceptionally unselfish, but we have to get to work defensively,” Sycamore coach Steve Dodd said. “All in all I was really pleased with our effort for the first time out. We really haven’t had that many practices, so I was really pleased. We still have to get the ball down low to Daniel (Saylor) but he has to work harder to get open down there too.”
When asked if he thought this first game would be a big confidence boost for his guys coach Dodd said “it should be, we’re on the road and this is a good team.”
Creek Wood coach Charles Taylor wasn’t as happy with his team’s performance on Tuesday night. He did say his team played hard, but the execution wasn’t as sharp as he wanted.
“We have to execute better on both ends, honestly,” Taylor said. “We went in to this game kind of blind with them (Sycamore) having a new coach and it was good for about two and half quarters but this gives us an opportunity to get ourselves on film and get better for Friday night.”
Sycamore will host East Nashville Magnet on Thursday, November 21 for its first home game of the season, while Creek Wood will travel to Cheatham County Central on Friday, November 22 for its next game.
BOYS BOX SCORE
Sycamore (66) : Daniel Saylor 15, John Hale 12, Bailey Chapman 9, Derek Underwood 9, Grady
McPherson 7, Trey McCain 5, Seth Smith 5, Caleb Carter 2, Gavin Mitchell 2
Creek Wood (55) : Raekwonn Nesbitt 22, Tyler Neely 19, Bryson Paryton 9, Kayden Austin 5
The girls game had much of the same feel as the boys game as Sycamore was within striking distance until a strong second half really put the Lady Red Hawks over the top. Creek Wood had a really strong performance from freshman Brianna Burgess who put up 27 points in her first game as a Lady Red Hawk.
The Lady War Eagles did have two girls score in double digits as Kyra Shearon (12) and Olivia Stuard (17) paced the Sycamore offense.
“It’s good to get those first game jitters out of the way and being at home really helped us,” Creek Wood coach Russell Wilson said. “I thought we shot it pretty well and shared the ball well. We played really unselfish and I was pleased.”
Coach Wilson was also pleased with the play of her freshman Brianna Burgess.
“Tonight was her night, but we’ve got a lot of people that can score,” Wilson added. “She really helped us fill that hole with Reagan Hohl leaving, but I’m glad we’ve got someone else who can help open everything up.”
Sycamore coach Cody King came into the season knowing his team, who is very young with 10 of the 14 roster spots being underclassmen, was going to have a few growing pains. He liked a few things he saw, but wasn’t pleased with a few things during the game as well.
“Creek Wood shot the ball really well and we didn’t,” King said. “In that second quarter we didn’t get out and run very well and that was definitely a learning experience for us. We have to play faster, get back on defense and find our man. When we got on offense we kind of rushed our offense
and took shots that we weren’t making. We are growing and learning, we had six freshmen play tonight and for a lot of them they haven’t been in this kind of environment.”
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Creek Wood (59) : Brianna Burgess 27, Allie Burgess 7, Autumn Burgess 6, Laura Nichols 6, Gracie
Mangrum 5, Raegan Taylor 5, Emily Michael 3
Sycamore (41) : Olivia Stuard 17, Kyra Shearon 12, Callie Gudino 7, McKenleigh Young 4, Caylee