The Creek Wood basketball teams entertained Waverly Central on Senior Night in Charlotte, and both games followed the same script. The home side struggled to get breathing room early against the visitors from Humphries County and gave up rallies around the start of the second quarter, but Creek Wood pulled away in the second half and secured comfortable wins in both games.
The Tigerettes played an awkward first half, never looking comfortable but staying within striking distance the whole time. Creek Wood took a 9-8 lead into the second quarter, then watched it immediately evaporate with a quick bucket to make it 10-9 Waverly. The Lady Red Hawks responded by dominating the second quarter 13-5 for a 22-13 lead at the half, as Elayna Gass, Lydia Edmondson, and seniors McKenzie Broadway and Caroline Edmondson all had 4 points each and freshman Reagan Hohl had a three. Cassidy Rion led the way for the Tigerettes with 6 points at the break.
The two sides battled to a 12-12 draw in the third as Alanna Brooks had 6 hustling points for Waverly while Hohl had a pair of threes and Caroline Edmondson a pair of baskets for the Lady Red Hawks. Up 34-25 at the start of the fourth, Creek Wood hammered the visitors 20-6 down the stretch as 8 Lady Red Hawks scored, giving the home side a 54-31 win. Hohl led all scorers with 14 points and 4 threes in the game, while Caroline Edmondson had 10 points and Broadway 9. Rion led Waverly with 11 points, while Brooks chipped in 8. All 4 of Creek Wood’s seniors started the game, including Ally Kerr and the injured Riley Killian, who got the start despite a season-ending ACL injury and was pulled immediately following the opening tip. Creek Wood also had 10 players score in the win, despite a physical game with very open officiating–which led to a technical foul on Waverly coach Marva Rawlings that was met with bipartisan applause.
The boys’ game was much the same in terms of even play and close scoring, at first. Jemykal Smith and Creek Wood senior Ross Cummings traded scores in the first quarter, as Cummings canned 3 threes and had 11 points while Smith had 8 points all on 2-point baskets, and the Red Hawks ended the first up a point at 16-15. Creek Wood built up a lead before the Tigers made a run and trimmed the lead back to 35-30 at the half. Coulter Dotson’s 3 second-quarter threes helped him to 11 points at the break, tied with Cummings for a game high. Ross “Chico” Plunkett added a three in the first and another in the second, chipping in 9 at the break. Smith had 10 points for Waverly at the half, followed by Trey Tidwell’s 8 and Chasen Warren’s 6.
Fortune shined on the Creek Wood seniors in the second half, and the game turned. In fact, the Red Hawks got 47 of their 56 second half points from seniors, or a whopping 84%. Plunkett went off for 16 points and 2 more threes in the third, while fellow senior Cummings added his 4th three and 9 points in the 27-21 Red Hawk third. The longball was Waverly’s friend in the third quarter, as 4 players hit at least one–led by Campbell Spencer, who came off the bench and hit two.
The Tigers were wounded, going into the fourth down 62-51, but Creek Wood’s starting 5 put them away for good with a 31-19 fourth that saw Plunkett make history. Clay Ruf hit a three, while Gabe Cummings had 5 points including a three. Ross Cummings converted a basket and one, while Dotson added 4 points. It was Plunkett, however, who simply went off, hitting 4 more threes and netting 16 points in the final quarter to put Waverly on ice. Smith added 8 points and Warren 6, but it wasn’t enough to save the Tigers, as a 93-70 pasting helps the Red Hawk squad rest easy with a senior night win.
Smith finished with 21 points and 2 threes for Waverly, while Warren had 14 points and Tidwell poured in 11 points and 3 threes. Aaron Daniel had 2 points in the second, Creek Wood’s only bench points. Ruf had 5 points including a three, while Dotson had 3 threes and 15 points. As for the seniors, Gabe Cummings had a three and 7 points; Ross Cummings had 4 threes and 23 points, and Plunkett had a school record 41 points and 8 threes in the victory.
Creek Wood travels to East Hickman on Friday night, trying to wrap up a sweep of the District 11-AA regular season. That game will be heard on RFCsports.com and the RFC Sports app. The Lady Red Hawks open District Tournament play Tuesday night at home, while the Red Hawk boys will open up at home on Wednesday.