Clarksville, TN – Northeast High School was able to hang around with the high-scoring Creek Wood High School for a half, Tuesday, December 23rd in the final day of the Rossview High School Christmas Classic, but the Red Hawks pulled away in the second half for a 76-45 victory.
The Eagles (6-7) only trailed the Red Hawks 28-22 after the first 16 minutes of play, but a three-point field goal by Ross Plunkett started a 8-0 run by Creek Wood (10-0) to open the second half – building the lead out to 14 points, 36-22, just 1:07 into the second half.Plunkett would finish with 20 points.
Northeast wouldn’t get any closer than 12 points the rest of the way, with the last time coming at 40-28, with 5:34 left in the third quarter after a bucket by Nick Green.
Green would be the lone Northeast player to reach double figures, finishing with 12 points.
The Red Hawks would continue to build its lead in the third quarter, as they finished the third quarter by outscoring the Eagles 28-15 to hold a 19-point advantage after three quarters, 56-37.
That period would take all the wind out of the Eagles sails, with Creek Wood outscoring Northeast 20-8 in the final eight minutes of play – including a 18-2 run over a span of 4:23.
The loss by Northeast is their fourth straight.
In the first half, the Eagles and Red Hawks were tied 4-4 early-on, but Creek Wood’s Isaac Edmondson scored five straight points in just 49 seconds to give the squad from Dickson County a 7-4 advantage, with 5:03 left in the opening quarter.
Northeast would still trail by just three points, 15-12 with 1:32 left, but a three by Coulter Dotson pushed the Red Hawks lead out to six; before they took a 18-14 lead into the start of the second quarter.
The Eagles would step up their defense at the start of the second quarter, holding Creek Wood to just two points over the first three minutes of the period, while scoring six – including a bucket by Demari Taylor – at the 5:16 mark – to tie the game for the final time 20-20.
But a three-point play by Edmondson, with 4:48 left in the first half, would start a 8-2 closing run by the Red Hawks, as they held an 28-22 advantage heading into intermission.
Northeast returns to action on December 27th, as they travel to Centerville, TN to play in the Hickman County Christmas Tournament.
Creek Wood 76, Northeast 45
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Creek Wood: Ross Plunkett 21, Tyler Turpin 1, Ross Cummings 20, Coulter Dotson 6, Isaac Edmondson 22, Gabe Cummings 2, Easton Aldridge 4. Team totals 27 14-18 76.
Northeast: Anterian Cheatham 6, Jaylon Tharpe 1, D’Andre Cross 6, Nick Green 12, Isaiah Tharpe 7, Demari Taylor 7, J’Quan Purnell 6. Team totals 20 5-9 45.
3-point field goals: Creek Wood 8 (Plunkett 4, Dotson 2, R. Cummings 2), Northeast 0.
Records: Creek Wood 10-0, Northeast 6-7.