CW, Central Split in Charlotte

The border battle that is the Creek Wood/Montgomery Central rarely fails to impress. The solid Thursday night crowd got a treat at Creek Wood as the Lady Red Hawks raced to a decisive win over Central, but the Indian boys battled through a tight first half to pull away late for an important district win over Creek Wood.

The Lady Indians managed to tie the game at 6-6 early in the first quarter, but a trey gave Creek Wood the lead back at 9-6, and the Lady Red Hawks never looked back. Raegan Hohl had 2 threes and 3 assists while Taylor Moore added 2 threes, Lydia Edmondson 4 points, and Sam Kilian came off the bench for 7 points including a three, as a 17-2 finish gave Creek Wood a 23-8 lead at the end of the first. Destiny Ramey and Brooke Christy each hit threes for Central as they managed to tie the game, but a pair of free throws from reserve Jacklyn Wimberly were all the Lady Indians could muster after that.

Creek Wood took the second quarter 15-10 as 6 Lady Red Hawks scored while the Lady Indians were again held in check, with Christy and Ramey each netting 4 points. Ramey went off for 6 more in the third as the Tribe’s offense woke up, but the Lady Red Hawks still took the frame 17-14 as Hohl added 5 points including a three and Moore poured in 8 points including 2 longballs. The fourth quarter was an 8-8 wash, as a 38-18 halftime lead had grown to an insurmountable 55-32 edge, and in the final minutes the reserves salted away a 63-40 victory to get Creek Wood back to its winning ways in the district.

Ramey led the way for Montgomery Central with 17 points, tying Creek Wood’s Moore for the game-high. No other Lady Indian got close to double digits, as Christy chipped in 7 points and Wimberly 6. Moore hit 5 threes en route to the co-game-high 17, while Hohl had 16 points and 4 threes. Kilian chipped in 11 points and Edmondson 10 in the win.

The boys’ game was a back and forth affair for most of the night. Jarius Satterfield knocked down a pair of threes in an 8 point first quarter, and Central squeaked out a 15-12 lead at the end of the first. Coulter Dotson saw early that he would have to take the game over against the scrappy, quick-hitting Indians, and had 10 of the Red Hawks’ first 12 points. With the length of Central’s post Trey Spencer and some foul trouble on Garrett Dolinich, Creek Wood had to lean on inexperienced senior Anthony Neblett in the contest, and did so with great success in the second. Neblett slipped behind the defense in the paint, and had all 9 of Creek Wood’s points in a 9-7 second that saw the lead trimmed to 22-21 at the break.

The Indians raced out to a bigger lead out of the locker room, but 5 more points from Dotson and a basket from Neblett kept it close. Montgomery Central won the third 10-7 as Spencer and Jacob Hite each chipped in 4 points, and the lead sat at 32-28 with just 8 minutes left to play. The Red Hawks made a run in the fourth, but were mostly turned away by a stout Central defense. As the second half was mostly clean, Creek Wood had to give several fouls quickly, earlier than they may have wanted, to get the Tribe on the line and to give Creek Wood the ball back. Frustratingly, only Dotson was able to score more than 2 points for CWHS in the final frame; conversely, the Indians won the fourth 22-13, with 10 of their points coming at the charity stripe, and they coasted to a 54-41 win down the stretch.

Satterfield led the Indians with 17 points including 2 threes and 7 made free throws, while Spencer added 15 points and Hite 9. Dotson did the heavy lifting for the Red Hawks with a game-high 24 points, 7 free throws, and a three. Neblett finished with 11 points despite limited work in the second half, while Dolinich, Aaron Daniel, and Dallas Hall each had 2 points.

The Lady Red Hawks play Monday at noon against Bolivar Central in Dyersburg, then play the host school Tuesday at noon, in a holiday classic. The Creek Wood boys play Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in a true tournament at Rossview High in Clarksville; Monday action against the host Hawks starts at 8:30pm. Creek Wood also plays a district double-header Thursday night at home against Waverly.

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