The Creek Wood basketball teams headed up Highway 48 North to Cunningham on Tuesday night, with the boys seeking to avoid a season sweep at the hands of district rivals Montgomery Central and the girls looking to secure a sweep. The Lady Red Hawks torched the home side early but had to weather a rally in the second half, but the Red Hawk boys played a close first half before the homestanding Tribe stretched out the lead and secured a confident win.
The Lady Red Hawks blew the doors off Montgomery Central early, winning the first quarter 15-2 and only allowing a basket with around 30 seconds left. Elayna Gass buried two threes in the opening frame, while Raegan Hohl had a three in a 4 point quarter, while Destiny Ramey had the only basket for the Lady Indians in the quarter. Creek Wood owned the second quarter 13-2, and after 4 players scored in the first, 4 others scored in the second, led by Sam Kilian with 5 points.
Trailing 28-4 at the half, Central made a run in the third, but the Lady Red Hawks righted the ship as Emily Michael came off the bench for 5 points including a three. Ramey had 11 points for Central in the third, however, and a 13-7 quarter cut the CWHS lead to 35-17. Both sides played starters early in the fourth, but as the margin stayed around 20, the benches emptied. Creek Wood had 6 players score in the frame, a 15-15 draw, and the Lady Red Hawks hung on for a convincing 50-32 win over their head coach’s alma mater.
Eight players scored for the Lady Red Hawks, led by Kilian and Gass with 9 each and Michael with 8; Gass had 3 threes, Michael 2, and Kilian 1. Ramey went off for Montgomery Central, scoring 2 points in the first, none in the second, and finishing with 24 for the game.
The boys’ game started with promise, as the Indians and Red Hawks swapped the lead back and forth in the opening frame, with Montgomery Central leading 14-12 at the end of one. Coulter Dotson had 6 points, Allen Miller 4, and Garrett Dolinich 1 in the period for Creek Wood, but Ben Nelson had 7 for the Indians and Trey Spencer 4. The second quarter also went to the Tribe 12-9 for a 26-21 lead at the half. Central had 5 players score in the second, paced by Nelson with 4 points, while 4 players scored for Creek Wood led by Devon Higgins with a three.
Up by 5 at the break, Central started to pull away in the third. Higgins hit another three for Creek Wood, but otherwise all the scoring came from Dotson, who managed a trey and 4 free throws. For the Indians, Nelson and Devontae Jolly each had 5 points and Jacob Hite added 4, and a 17-10 third put the home side up 43-31. The Red Hawks tried to rally in the fourth, but good defense and cold shooting seemed to do in the visitors, who got only 3 fourth quarter points from the starters. Spencer had 6 points and freshman post Isaac Rankhorn added 4 off the bench, and a 14-13 fourth helped the Indians put away their rivals 57-44.
Nelson finished with 19 points for the Indians, while Spencer added 12 and Jarius Satterfield 8. Creek Wood had 8 players score in the loss, led by Dotson with 15 points. Anthony Neblett added 7 points, Higgins 6, and both Miller and Hunter Haislip with 5.
The Lady Red Hawks got the season sweep of Montgomery Central and stay in a tie for first place in District 11-AA, while the Creek Wood boys were on the recieving end of a sweep from the Indians. Creek Wood travels to East Hickman Thursday night to make up the game that was snowed out earlier in the season.