The gym was packed, the student sections for both schools were raucous, and even though the games were non-district the rivalry was strong. Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Creek Wood basketball teams marched out of Kingston Springs with a doubleheader sweep over their arch-rivals the Harpeth Indians on Tuesday night.
The Lady Red Hawks had their hands full with Harpeth in the first quarter, as six Lady Indians scored in the frame and Harpeth led 14-13 at the end of one. Creek Wood retook the lead in the second with a 16-9 quarter, paced by Candace Meadows’ pair of threes, and the Lady Red Hawks led 29-23 at the half. Another four-player attack keyed a Harpeth rally in the third, but Arizona Harper and McKenzie Broadway added 2 buckets each while Meadows poured in a three and a free throw as Creek Wood turned back the rally 12-11. Senior Olivia Miniat took the Lady Indians on her back in the fourth, scoring 10 points herself including a three and a basket-and-one, but four Lady Red Hawks had a fourth quarter answer–three of them with 5 points or more. The fourth wound up a 19-19 wash, and Creek Wood held on for a 60-53 win and improved to 2-1 on the year.
Miniat led all scorers with 21 points, while Addi Moulton and Kailynn Beshears added 7 points each and 8 players scored in all for Harpeth. All five starters scored for Creek Wood in the road win, led by Meadows with 15 points and 4 threes, but Harper earned MVP honors as the nimble guard scored a second-best 13 points including 6 in the fourth quarter and 5 points in the game at the charity stripe. McKenzie Haislip poured in 2 threes and 12 points, while Broadway managed 11 points including 7 made free throws, and Brianna Spicer added 9 points.
The boys’ game was a slugfest, however, as both teams traded the lead in the first half while tight whistles led to foul trouble against the backdrop of two vocal student sections. Creek Wood survived the first quarter 10-9, then pulled away with a 19-10 second quarter for a 29-19 halftime lead. Adam Newton emerged for Harpeth with an 8 point second quarter, but Easton Aldridge came to life for Creek Wood with 9 points, physical post play, excellent rebounding, and intimidating defense. The tight whistles and competitive nature of the rivalry game clearly affected play, as Harpeth was called for its seventh foul in the first quarter, and the Red Hawks were in the double bonus for more than half of the second quarter as a result; six of Creek Wood’s 19 points in the frame would come on made free throws.
In the second half, the fouls went against the Red Hawks and the Indians made another rally, but 9 points from Ross Cummings keyed an 18-17 Creek Wood frame to keep the Red Hawks up 47-36 after three. Aston Hutchison scored 7 points for Harpeth in the fourth quarter as the Indians gave everything they could to the rally, but Cummings managed 6 more points before fouling out, and the Red Hawks would tally 9 times from the foul line in the fourth. Harpeth would win the quarter 19-15, but the Red Hawks would win the game 62-55.
Seven players would tally for the Indians, led by Hutchison with 14 and Newton with 10. Austin Williams and Zane Hutton would each add 9 for Harpeth. Ross Cummings would lead all scorers with 23 points to take MVP honors, but Aldridge added 13 points along with offensive and defensive rebounds and several authoritative blocks. Ross “Chico” Plunkett would also add 9 points for Creek Wood as 6 players scored in the win.
Creek Wood hosts Stewart County on Friday night for the district opener.