Clarksville, TN – West Creek High School’s Mo Pressley scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter, Feb. 18th at Rossview High School, to lead the Coyotes past the Springfield Yellowjackets 54-42 to take the consolation game of the District 10-AAA tournament.
Both teams will advance to the Region 5-AAA tournament, Feb. 22nd, with Springfield traveling to Mt. Juliet High School and West Creek heading to Hendersonville play Beech High School.
The Coyotes (17-17) were only up one point, 20-19, early in the third quarter, but Pressley scored seven straight points for West Creek to push its lead out to six points, 27-21, with 5:38 left in the period.
West Creek defeats Springfield in 10-AAA Tournament (Michael Rios Clarksville Sports Network)
But it was an 8-0 run – including six from Pressley — in the last four minutes of the third quarter that put the game out of reach, as the Coyotes led by 15 points, 38-23, before heading into the final quarter up 38-25.
The final quarter would see the West Creek lead hover between 11- and 15-points for the first five and a half minutes, before Springfield put together an 8-0 run to get back to within 10 points, 48-38, with 1:19 left in the contest.
But that was as close as the Yellowjackets would get, with West Creek hitting six of seven free throws in the final 1:06 to ice the game away, 54-42.
In the first half both teams came out a little tight, with it taking almost a minute and a half before either team got on the scoreboard, with West Creek’s Mo Pressley breaking the scoreless deadlock with a bucket at the 6:36 mark.
Springfield would take its first lead on a three-point play by Jaylyn Hudson 26 seconds later, with the Coyotes Michael Hardison tying the game 3-3 on one of two free throws, with 5:58 left.
That would be the first of three ties in the first quarter, before West Creek would take a 9-7 lead after the first eight minutes of play on a bucket by Jachin Almon.
The second quarter would see Springfield score five of the first seven points to take its final lead of the first half, 12-11, with 6:16 left on a free throw by Michael McCarroll.
But the Coyotes would put together its best run of basketball over the next two and a half minutes, going on an 8-0 run – including back-to-back baskets by Aaron Hardison – to go up 19-12, before heading into the locker room at intermission up 20-16.
West Creek 54, Springfield 42
Springfield 7 9 9 17—42
West Creek 9 11 18 16—54
Springfield: Michael McCarroll 8, Ja’lyn Mayo 11, Talarico Cogsdale 2, DreAn Witherspoon 2, Jaylyn Hudson 17. Team totals 16 10-15 42.
West Creek: Michael Hardison 4, Aaron Hardison 4, Stephon Jackson 7, Davan Jones 8, James Johnson 2, Kistler Fletcher 4, Jachin Almon 6, Mo Pressley 19. Team totals 22 8-11 54.
3-point field goals: Springfield 0, West Creek 2 (M. Hardison 1, Pressley 1).
Records: Springfield 16-13, West Creek 17-17.
About Chris Austin
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
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