Both Creek Wood and Dickson County got their first taste of in-game action Monday, as the two teams scrimmaged each other. The varsity played three quarters, while the junior varsity play two, with the two teams flipping between them during each quarter.
Here’s a couple of things we learned from the scrimmage.
The Red Hawks will press this year, and they will press a lot. Even if it was just a scrimmage, the Creek Wood Red Hawks took this as an opportunity to work on their press they’ve been crafting during practice. It seemed to catch the Cougars off guard a bit.
“We put some new things in defensively, and I thought we did those really well in the first quarter. We put some things in both the full court and in the half court,” said Creek Wood coach Charles Taylor.
Coulter Dotson is as good as advertised: Creek Wood will certainly miss Ross Cummings, but Coutler Dotson has the potential to be just as good as Cummings for the Red Hawks, if not better. Dotson, who recently scored 43 to help guide his team to the championship in the Nashville Fall League, put in a solid performance with 11 points in three quarters of play. He easily looked like the best player on the court Monday night, and that certainly could be the case for future games in the regular season.
The Cougars are at their best on the fast break: Specifically with Demontez Coleman handling the ball in transition. During the second quarter of varsity action, Dickson County scored half of it’s points in transition with Coleman leading the charge.
Dickson County need to shake off the “football rust:” The Cougars have several players who are still getting their bearings together after a taxing football season, and coach Jason Tigert knows this needs to be addressed.
“We’re working off the football rust,” said Tigert.
“Four of our five guys that we rely on heavily are football guys. Once they get a rhythm, I feel good about our team.”
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