At the beginning of this basketball season everyone would have said we will remember it for all of the weird pandemic related things we would deal with throughout.
However, this season for the Red Hawks will now be remembered for being a season of resilience on the floor.
After a 57-55 nail biting victory last night over Lewis County, Creek Wood’s boys completed an undefeated 14-0 district campaign.
It was not without hardship, despite finding a way to play each time they were scheduled too, Creek Wood blew out very few opponents and trailed just as much as they led at times.
They always found a way to win though and that is a lesson, among several they garnered this year, that may very well propel the Red Hawks to a deep playoff run.
As I have said before the losses outside district play may be what looms largest. Creek Wood’s ability to compete at times with teams like Beech, JPII, Rossview seemingly gave them the grit needed to never feel out of a game throughout district play.
Trailing by double digits in the 2nd half this team several times just stayed true to who they are, turned up the defensive intensity, and trusted themselves.
Cole Adams and Kaden Austin aren’t hitting one night, no worries Raekwon Nesbit will just shift into attack mode. Jamison Ford and Nesbit are being held in check athletically, Rex Edmondson and Braden Dawson will just turn the game into a battle down low.
This is a team that has proven time and again they not only find a way to win, they can do it several different ways.
Of their 4 losses, all outside district play, I named three a moment ago. That is because those three; Rossview, Beech, and JPII probably do not have different outcomes if played again.
However, the Gallatin loss I do not believe that can be said for. Gallatin did not present a special or unique challenge to Creek Wood. It just simply came at the wrong time.
It was Creek Wood’s first game on the year, Gallatin is a larger classification, Creek Wood did not have a key bench piece in Kaden Austin available nor was Jamison Ford a starter and anywhere close to what he has developed into, plus let’s remember Gallatin had a very good night from behind the arc.
If the game were played again, I do not know whether I would pick Creek Wood outright, but, I certainly would think it would be a much closer contest.
That may be an indication of what is too come.
The Red Hawks can compete with almost anyone if they are playing their best, and they showed that this season.
Far from perfect but in the end, what will be remembered is that zero in the loss column in district play and how far this team can go in the playoffs.
Their playoff run begins Monday, February 15th at home against East Hickman at 6 pm. You can hear the call on 101.5 the one FM and 1260 AM WDKN as well as stream it on the tune in radio app.