The Creek Wood basketball programs both got stiff tests from the visiting Station Camp Bison and Lady Bison on Friday night, but Station Camp left Charlotte with a split as both games came down to the wire.
The Lady Bison offense started hot, building a 5-0 lead before Creek Wood could even score. Senior Kendrea Duke shredded the Lady Red Hawks on the post for 8 points and senior Alli Fulcher bombed in 2 threes as Station Camp controlled the first quarter 15-9. The Creek Wood defense cranked up after that, allowing just 3 points in the second quarter and no more than 10 in any other frame. Senior McKenzie Haislip added to her 4 first quarter points with a 3 in the second while junior McKenzie Broadway would add her only points of the night, a bucket and a three. The 8-3 second quarter helped Creek Wood trim the margin to 18-17 at the half, and a stubborn Lady Red Hawk defense would keep the game close for the rest of the way.
Senior Samantha Parker would key a 10-7 Station Camp third quarter with a bucket and her second of three longballs on the night, while freshman Jane Deason would also add a three. After managing 2 points in the first half and none in the second quarter, CWHS senior Candace Meadows would strike back in the third with a bucket and a three of her own to keep Creek Wood close.
Down 28-24 after three quarters of play, the Lady Red Hawks would put together another rally. Meadows would duplicate her third quarter performance with another bucket and another longball, Haislip would find her second three of the night, and Arizona Harper would tally for the first time in the game with a bucket. Unfortunately, Deason and Parker would answer back with threes of their own in the frame, and decent field goal shooting would keep the Lady Bison afloat as well. Despite the Lady Red Hawks’ best efforts, Station Camp maintained their lead even when it was cut to a single point, and they survived a half-court buzzer-beater for the win from Haislip to win 37-35.
Meadows would be named MVP with 12 points, 10 of them coming in the second half as Creek Wood tried to rally; she and Haislip would each have a game best 12 points on the night. All five starters scored 2 or more points for CWHS along with reserve Caroline Edmondson. Station Camp was led by Parker with 11 and Duke with 10–but only 2 points after the first quarter.
The boys’ game, however, was an awkward, clumsy boxing match throughout. The referees called a tight game, despite Station Camp being big and physical, and the Bison’s maroon numbers on black jerseys were almost impossible to see from more than a few rows off the floor. Creek Wood took it to the Bison after a slow start, and led after the first 18-9. Starting power forward Yalen Reed and reserve center Kyle Anderton took over for Station Camp, however, and they answered back with a 15-12 second quarter to trail 30-24 at the half.
Coming out of the locker room, Reed and starting center Kody Eden caught fire while the big man Anderton hit from three. Station Camp stunned the Red Hawks 18-11 and took a 42-41 lead after three, and tried to cruise in the fourth. Ross Cummings and Ross “Chico” Plunkett would have none of it, however, and the game swung back and forth in the final minutes. Station Camp looked like they might escape with a win, but Plunkett stepped inside the arc on the left side and attempted a jumper to tie the game; his shot hit the side of the backboard and he drew the foul with 9.4 seconds left, hitting them both to tie the game. The Bison rushed the ball up the floor but with overtime nearly assured, Gabe Cummings leaped into the air and took the ball away from a Station Camp player around the left elbow on their end of the floor and got fouled with 1.5 seconds left. Due to the plentitude of whistles in the second half, both teams were in the double bonus, and Gabe hit one of his two free throws to give the Red Hawks the lead. a Bison secured the rebound and the coaches called two time outs, down just a point with one second left.
The baseball-style inbounds pass from the far end line was perfect, and got to Anderton just ahead of the left elbow. He launched the long two-point jump shot cleanly before time expired, but it banked off the window and clanked off the front rim. Creek Wood survived 62-61, escaping with a split in a double-header where both games came down to buzzer-beaters.
Ross Cummings earned MVP honors with an unofficial game-high 22 points, while Plunkett chipped in 18. Easton Aldridge, a senior who did not play on the team last year, had 9 points in his return, while Gabe Cummings and freshman Coulter Dotson each had 6 points. Senior Tyler Turpin managed one point on the night, as every starter and one reserve scored for Creek Wood. Isaac Edmondson did not dress out for Creek Wood; he will miss at least another week or so, recovering from an injury sustained during football season.
Creek Wood returns to action Tuesday night, visiting former district foe Harpeth.