Black Friday shopping for the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks had to wait until the afternoon, as the girls from Charlotte and White Bluff had a 3pm matchup with Cascade in the Forrest High School Thanksgiving Classic on Friday. Creek Wood started strong, leading 16-4 in the first quarter, but it took a whole-game effort to hold off the Lady Champions 52-47.
McKenzie Haislip, the hero from the Wednesday afternoon game, had a three and a basket in the first quarter, as did Candace Meadows, while McKenzie Broadway had 8 points in the frame including a three and a basket-and-one. Cascade made a charge in the first, however, and much like Summit did in the Lady Red Hawks’ previous game the opposition narrowed the margin in the final minutes of the opening stanza. Creek Wood led at the end of one 18-9, but the girls from Bell Buckle and Wartrace had a 17-10 second quarter to trim the lead to 28-26 at the half. Kristen Heath and Julie Jones each had 9 first half points off 3 threes, and post Maya Gaston added 6 points in the first quarter alone.
Arizona Harper stepped up for the Lady Red Hawks out of the locker room, drilling a pair of threes in the third, while Meadows added another and Broadway knocked down a 3 and a 2 point basket in the third. The Lady Champs surged in the third, but CWHS held them off 14-12 despite a pair of long balls from reserve Delaney Vaught. While Creek Wood only won the fourth 10-9, the Lady Red Hawks ruled the final 8 minutes with a three each from Meadows and Broadway along with some clutch free throws, and Creek Wood escaped with a 52-47 triumph to improved to 1-1 in the Classic.
Gaston and Heath each had 11 points for the Lady Champions in the loss, while Jones added 9; a total of 8 players scored for Cascade. Creek Wood only played 6 players as Caroline Edmondson is out with a concussion; Elayna Gass played in limited minutes in her place and did not score, but all five starters for the Lady Red Hawks tallied 2 points or more. MVP McKenzie Broadway led the way with a game-high 16 including a trio of longballs, while Haislip had 14 and Meadows 12.
Creek Wood faces a team from Huntsville, AL, Saturday morning. The visitors boast as many as 3 college commitments, though 1 may be injured, making the rubber match of the Lady Red Hawks’ Forrest Classic experience a tall test indeed. Kelsey Hamilton Mullinicks will talk Dickson Middle School basketball on Saturday morning’s 1260 Sports Roundtable from the stands of a junior varsity Lady Red Hawks’ game, before CWHS head coach Tom Mullinicks gets us ready for the varsity game. The interviews are slated for approximately 9:10am, with pregame at 10:15 and the tipoff at 10:30.