By Willie Brown Jr.
CHARLOTTE, TN- The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks (20-5, 13-1) ended their regular season on a high note and with some momentum heading into next Monday’s district tournament.
Before the game tipped off, seniors Raegan Hohl and Anna Edmondson were honored at mid-court for their athletic contributions. Next fall, Hohl will continue her basketball career at Bethel University.
Creek Wood dominated from the beginning and did not look back, beating Lewis County 63-35.
“I think our girls were excited about it being senior night” said Creek Wood coach Russell Wilson, “They played well. We did a good job of boxing out and rebounding, and we were balanced on the boards.”
The Lady Red Hawks pulled down 19 total rebounds and 10 offensive boards. Raegan Hohl led all scorers with 18 points, including three three-pointers. Behind her was Emily Michael with 17. Michael finished the first quarter with nine points, but she would heat up again until the second half.
On the defensive end, the Lady Red Hawks forced eight steals and converted baskets on all their steals. Also, Creek Wood erased seven shots away from Lewis County. Hailey Bowen was the lone scorer in double figures for Lewis County with ten. Sailor Selby chipped in nine points in a losing effort.
On Monday the Lady Red Hawks will host Waverly Central at 6pm in their first game of the district tournament. Creek Wood swept the regular season series. With the win, this marks eight consecutive season with at least 20 wins.
The Creek Wood boys have found their stride the past couple of games, ending the year with an upset. Seniors Tim Randolph and Bryson Payton were honored by fans in attendance before the start of the game.
Creek Wood started the game on a 6-0 run before Lewis County scored in a game that was riddled with high emotions and an upset on the mind. Despite the excitement from the student section, the Red Hawks were able to play together as the game matriculated.
“We played with a little more pace, we told them to let’s get out there and push and let them guard us. Once we get into half court don’t force anything and be patient”, mentioned coach Charles Taylor in the post-game conference.
The score was tied at the end of every quarter except the fourth. Creek Wood would go on to win 65-63. The Red Hawks (5-19, 4-10) were able to shut down Mikey Ortiz and Bryson Hinson holding both players to 10 points combined. Both Hinson and Ortiz scored five apiece.
The Red Hawks will travel to Hickman County for the first round of the boys’ 11AA District tournament, to play Tuesday at 6pm.