The Voice of the Red Hawks, Amp Harrell, referred to this week as “the closest thing to a trap week Creek Wood has on the schedule.” However, after the Lady Red Hawks held off Waverly and the unbeaten boys turned away the Tigers on the road, the only challenge left was a Saturday night home date against local rivals Harpeth. While the girls had their hands full in another defensive battle, the number two boys team in all of Class AA lifted itself out of the muck early and had a comfortable lead by halftime, coasting to a win over its former District foes.
Coach James Mitchell and the Harpeth Lady Indians had a battle plan and blitzed Creek Wood early. Knowing the Lady Red Hawks were much stronger defensively than offensively, Harpeth struck first and built a lead as four Lady Indians scored in the first. Creek Wood chipped away, but after 8 minutes Harpeth led 12-9. The tide turned for the home team in a 15-5 second quarter as Creek Wood took its first lead and never looked back. McKenzie Haislip had 5 points including her second three of the day, pacing 5 Lady Red Hawks in the frame, and CWHS led 24-17 at the half.
The game was never truly put away, but a 12-8 third gave Creek Wood breathing room as Haislip bombed in 2 more long balls and only senior Olivia Miniat had more than one basket as an answer. Harpeth was able to rally with an 11-9 fourth as Miniat canned 2 threes, but the rally was not enough; Brianna Spicer hit 2 baskets and Haislip nailed another three, and the Lady Red Hawks escaped with a 45-36 win.
Harpeth and Creek Wood each had 5 players score, and each had 2 in double figures. The Lady Indians were led by Miniat with 14 points, and Addi Moulton quietly added 13. Creek Wood was led by MVP Haislip with a game-high 17 and 5 threes, while Spicer added 11 points and Caroline Edmondson 8.
The Creek Wood boys were in a similar battle early, leading just 16-13 after the first. All 5 starters scored for Harpeth in the opening frame, led by Houston Hutchison’s 6 points, but the Red Hawk defense would not allow him another point; Creek Wood’s scoring was very balanced as 6 players registered a point or more, led by Ross “Chico” Plunkett with a three and 5 points, Gabe Cummings with a lone three, and Tyler Turpin with a basket and a made free throw for 3 points.
The Red Hawks turned up the intensity in the second with a 27-15 performance, led by Plunkett and Ross Cummings with 9 points each. Creek Wood led 43-28 at the half, but Harpeth Head Coach Will Mantlo made sure the Indians didn’t get put away. Aston Hutchison poured in 10 points for the tribe while T. C. Newton added 9, and the third was a 19-19 draw despite Turpin hitting 2 threes and Ross Cummings adding 8 total points. A 20-16 final frame gave Creek Wood the added push to finish off the Indians, and in the final minutes Harpeth waved the white flag so both sides could get the reserves some playing time. The Red Hawks stayed perfect, finishing off Harpeth 82-63.
Ross Cummings finished the day with 26 points, a game-high, but Turpin earned MVP honors for an unselfish defensive performance and 15 points offensively, tied for second-best on the team. The normally defensive-oriented senior bombed in 4 threes, and his offensive total tied him with offensive stalwart and all-everything post Isaac Edmondson. Plunkett had 14 points as he continues to recover from a blister on his hand. Harpeth only managed 2 players in double figures, Aston Hutchison with 18 and Newton with 14.
Creek Wood travels to Montgomery Central for district action on Tuesday night. The game is a Blackout game, but both fanbases are encouraged to participate.