Creek Wood entertained district rival Waverly Central on a unique Thursday night doubleheader before Christmas. The Lady Red Hawks used furious defense and hot shooting from beyond the arc to essentially sew up the game by halftime, while the Creek Wood boys enjoyed a double-digit lead but had to weather a furious second-half rally and held on for an 8-point win.
Sam Kilian got the start for the Lady Red Hawks, and led the way with 6 points in the first as Creek Wood wrestled the lead back from a fiesty Waverly squad, and led 15-6 after one. Lydia Edmondson had 4 points, while Raegan Hohl had 5 points including a three. A 21-2 second put the game on ice for the home side, as Creek Wood denied passes into the front-court, created turnovers, and shot the ball well. Kilian added 9 more in the second including a 3, while Hohl duplicated her first quarter effort; no Tigerette went to the locker room with more than 2 points at the break as the Lady Red Hawks led 36-8.
Taylor Moore went off for 5 threes in a 17-point third, keying a 24-9 quarter for CWHS. Elayna Gass added her second three of the game, while Cassidy Rion and Taylor Travis each had a hoop for Waverly, giving them 4 points each in the game, and Leanna Moore had a basket and a three for the first two-score quarter for the Tigerettes all game. Up 60-17, the Lady Red Hawks enjoyed a mercy rule running clock in the fourth, getting the reserves in against the normal rotation for Waverly. Creek Wood took the quarter anyway 11-7, off the strength of 3 made threes from Emily Michael, who had nailed 11 threes in the junior varsity game earlier in the afternoon. Creek Wood took the game 71-24, and the Lady Red Hawks hit 13 threes as a team in the win.
A couple of fourth-quarter threes helped Rion to 10 points to lead the way for the Tigerettes, while Leanna Moore had 6 points and Travis 2. Kilian and Taylor Moore–off the strength of her huge third quarter–each had a game-high 17; Moore had 5 threes, while Kilian just had one, but Kilian scored 42% of Creek Wood’s first half points herself. Hohl added 12 points and 2 threes, while Michael added 3 longballs for 9 points.
The Red Hawk boys took an early lead over a retooled Waverly boys’ squad, weathered a mini run, and pulled away for a 21-11 lead after one. The longballs were falling, as Mason Malone, Campbell Spencer, and Michael Jackson each drained a three for the Tigers, while Dallas Hall had a three and a basket-and-one for the Red Hawks, Devon Higgins had a pair of threes, and Coulter Dotson had a three and an alley-oop dunk in a 7 point first.
A 17-11 second put Creek Wood up 38-22 at the break, as Dotson canned 2 more threes in an 8 point frame that put him over 1,000 points in his Red Hawk career, while Micah Westerman, Aaron Daniel, and Allen Miller each bombed threes. Dalton Mirabella had a three and a basket-and-one to lead the way for the Tigers in the second quarter.
Waverly ratcheted up the intensity in the third, winning the frame 20-13 as Malone drained 4 threes and Mirabella added a longball of his own. Hall answered with 2 threes for the Red Hawks while Dotson added 4 points and Daniel drained another three, keeping the Red Hawks up 51-42. A furious rally by the Tigers cut the Creek Wood lead down to dangerous levels, but the Red Hawks remained calm and hit their shots to stretch the lead back out, and their free throws to turn the Tigers away. Hall and Westerman each hit threes, while Higgins and Garrett Dolinich each managed baskets, before Hall canned 3 free throws and Westerman 5 to put the game on ice. Trailing 69-59 in the waning seconds, Waverly Central couldn’t find a much-needed three, and Jordan Hughey got the rebound and put it up-and-in with 3 seconds left to trim the lead to 69-61, and the officials didn’t call a foul on the throw-in as time expired, giving Creek Wood a hard-fought win over a bitter rival.
Malone added 2 more threes in the fourth for a 21 point, 7 trey night for the Tigers. Mirabella chipped in 11 including 2 threes and a basket-and-one, while Hughey added 9 points, Spencer 6 on 2 threes, and J. D. Dixon 6 points off the bench. Dotson led the way for the Red Hawks with 19 points and 3 threes, while Hall had 18 points on 4 threes and a basket-and-one. Westerman had 2 threes on an 11 point night, while Daniel and Higgins each had 2 threes and 8 points.
The Creek Wood girls are in action Thursday and Friday night in an after-Christmas classic in Summertown, while the boys are off. Both squads return to action in 2017 with 2 straight 3-doubleheader-weeks.