Dickson County gave Stewarts Creek plenty of chances to take control of Saturday’s meeting, but the Red Hawks simply took too long to oblige.
The Cougars picked up win No. 2 on the season after a 52-35 victory at Columbia Central’s First Farmers Christmas Classic. The Red Hawks collected 25 turnovers and had 12 second-chance opportunities on the offensive end, but by the time they started cashing in on those opportunities it was too late.
“The energy just wasn’t there,” Stewarts Creek coach Arnett Bodenhamer said. “I don’t know if it’s because it was a Saturday, rain, it’s Christmas, but you’ve got to be ready to rock and roll at any given time.”
In the first half, Stewarts Creek (7-6) shot 3-of-23 from the field, scored just twice on seven offensive rebounds and only once off of nine Dickson County (2-8) turnovers.
A 13-1 first quarter became a 27-7 halftime lead for the Cougars. They built that lead in part by turning 13 Red Hawk turnovers into 10 points.
It was a far different game than the 68-51 win Stewarts Creek had over a 9-3 Ravenwood team a day earlier at this classic.
“Off an emotional game like we won yesterday, against a good Ravenwood team, we couldn’t miss. But it’s two different tales. We couldn’t miss and that helped us defensively. (Saturday) we couldn’t hit, that hurt us defensively,” Bodenhamer said. “We just didn’t have the energy. I put that on me. We won’t ever show that again, I promise you that.”
Bodenhamer and the players will not tell you the second half was better, but statistically it was an improvement for the Red Hawks. They shot 10-of-28 from the field, converted four of five second-chance opportunities and turned 16 turnovers into 14 points on the way to outscoring Dickson County 28-25.
“We played a little better, but the beginning of the game we’ve got to start off strong,” freshman Desmond Sales said. “We never want to remember this game. This game was just bad.”
Paul Kaelin led Stewarts Creek with nine points, hitting the team’s lone 3 and connecting on 4-of-6 from the stripe in the fourth quarter.
Tyler Primm led Dickson County with 15 points thanks in part to three 3-pointers and 4-of-4 from the line.
D 13 14 8 17 — 52
S 1 6 12 16 — 35
D-Lyons 4, Sales 2, Kromar 3, Fearn 2, Kaelin 9, Vaughn 4, Marsh 2, Pugh 2, York 7.
S-Rainey 7, Tracy Green 20, H. Wolcott 8, Garron 4, Tyler Primm 15, C. Wolcott 4, Tyr. Primm 4.