The Creek Wood girls blew out another opponent in district play. The Red Hawk boys played a back and forth contest, and held on for a win despite the opponent having a chance at the lead with less than two seconds to play. It was just another day at the office for Creek Wood, in a sense, as the Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks swept Fairview in two very different games in Charlotte on Tuesday night.
The Lady Red Hawks continued their dominant defensive play and hot shooting in a 61-18 blowout of the Lady Jackets in the opener. Raegan Hohl bombed a pair of threes in a 16-6 opening quarter, while Elayna Gass had a trey in a 5 point first quarter, and Taylor Moore added a longball. Junior Karlee Arney had 4 of Fairview’s 6 points in the first. Arney added another basket as 4 Lady Jackets scored in the second, but Creek Wood stayed balanced. Gass added an assist, a free throw, and a second three, Moore dialed long distance again, and reserve Sam Kilian added 7 points including a three in a 16-8 second that put CWHS up 32-14 at the break. The defense turned up even higher in the second half, as the home side squeezed Fairview 29-4 to secure the win. Gass and Moore each hit threes in the 15-2 third while Hohl hit a trey in a 7 point quarter; Gass had a fourth quarter three as well, while freshman Emily Michael added 2 off the bench in a 14-2 frame that capped off the blowout.
Arney had 8 points for Fairview in the 61-18 loss, while Audrey Cox had 4 points, and teammates Hallie Cox, Neyland Yeager, and Ashley Jordan had 2 points each. Hohl and Gass each had a team-high 15, while Hohl had 3 threes and Gass had a trey in each quarter. Moore had a three in each of the first 3 quarters for 9 total points, while Kilian had 7 points and Michael 6. The Lady Red Hawks hit 13 threes as a team, mere days after drilling 13 on Friday at Camden. Creek Wood has held opponents to single digits in 6 of the last 8 quarters, 9 of the last 12, and 11 of the last 16. The win gives the Lady Red Hawks a 3-0 start in district play, with a trip to Lewis County coming up on Friday.
The Creek Wood boys had a very different test in a big, physical, old-style Yellow Jacket team led by Alex Jones and Nick Hester. The first quarter was a defensive stalemate, as neither team could hold a lead in an 11-11 wash. Coulter Dotson and Dallas hall led the way with 4 points each for the Red Hawks, while post Garrett Dolinich hit a three; Stephen Bledsoe led the way for Fairview with 4 as well. The second quarter ended up much like the first, but Fairview went on a run while holding the Red Hawks without a point for the first 4 minutes of the second quarter. Creek Wood knotted the game at 22-22 before a late score Jacket score sent Fairview to the locker room up 24-22. Bledsoe had a three for the Jackets in the second, their only made three in the half, and led Fairview with 11 points. Kam Harris-Lusk added 4 points, but Hester was also held to 4, and Jones just 2 as the Creek Wood post defense was solid. Dallas Hall managed a three in a 7-point second quarter for the Red Hawks, who were edged out 13-11 in the second.
Creek Wood surged out of the locker room, erasing the deficit and building a lead of their own. Dotson had 2 threes and 10 points, while Dolinich added another trey and Drew “Scooter” Berry hit a longball off the bench. Fairview got the post game working, however, getting more points from their bigs in the third (8) than in the first half (6). Hester had 6 points in the paint and Jones added a basket, but despite all 5 starters scoring Fairview lost the quarter 18-13 and Creek Wood held a 40-37 lead going into the final stanza.
The Red Hawks held a 10 point lead in the second half, and looked ready to coast to a comfortable district win. Fairview had other plans, however, nipping into the Creek Wood lead and halting Creek Wood’s stall-ball by getting turnovers and turning them into easy points. Jones added another fourth quarter basket, while Hester’s 7 points were more than the duo had in the first half. Harris-Lusk added a three and Bledsoe a two, as the Yellow Jackets ultimately caught and briefly overtook the Red Hawks late in the game, forcing a quick Creek Wood rally. Despite a cranky Fairview crowd wanting more calls against the home side, Creek Wood put the Jackets in the double bonus, while only 4 fouls were called on Fairview in the second half going into the waning seconds. With the Red Hawks up 52-51 inside a minute with the ball, Fairview first played for a steal before finally having to foul, but with under 20 seconds left, they had to foul several times just to get Creek Wood to the line. Dotson finally went to the stripe to ice the game with just over 11 seconds left, missed the front end of the one-and-one, got his own rebound, and was fouled again. He missed on that attempt, and Fairview rushed up the floor to take the lead in the final 10 seconds. On a baseline drive from the left corner, Bledsoe was fouled, and he went to the line for a one-and-one of his own with 1.2 seconds left. If he hit one, the game was tied and would likely go to overtime; if he hit both, the Red Hawks likely wouldn’t have time to answer back; and if he missed, a tip-in or a rebound and putback would give Fairview a win. Instead, he missed the front end, and on the aerial battle for the ball, the clock ran out, letting Creek Wood survive with a 52-51 win.
Fairview took the fourth 14-12, but the 1-point win for Creek Wood improved the Red Hawks to 2-1 in the district. Hester led the way for the Jackets with 17 points, while Bledsoe poured in 15 points and a three, Harris-Lusk had 8 points and a three, and the towering Jones added 6. Dotson had a game-high 25 points for the second straight game, adding 3 threes in the win. Hall had 13 points, while Dolinich had 6 points on 2 threes, Berry added 6 with 1 made three, and Aaron Daniel added 2 points.
Creek Wood travels to Lewis County on Friday night. The game will be heard on WDKN 1260 AM and WDKN.com starting at 6:00pm with a 5:45pm pregame.