The Creek Wood basketball squads split a district doubleheader Tuesday night at Waverly Central, as the girls won but the boys lost.
The Lady Red Hawks were likely a heavy favorite over a Waverly side they blew out earlier in the season in Charlotte, but head coach John Tidwell apparently coached up the Tigerettes well in the interim. Waverly Central hung with Creek Wood throughout, but the visitors held on for a 10 point win and a season sweep.
Alanna Brooks had 5 points in the first as Waverly Central took the opening frame 12-11. Julie Nunnemaker came off the bench in the first and buried two threes as Creek Wood struggled with foul trouble, a theme of the night for the Lady Red Hawks. CWHS took over in the second quarter, ultimately taking the frame 15-7 for a 26-19 halftime lead. Creek Wood only allowed 2 field goals in the second, while Sam Kilian and Regean Hohl each had 5 points.
The Tigerettes made a run in the third as Brooks had 4 points and Sarah Smith had 6, but threes from Hohl, Elayna Gass, and Taylor Moore helped Creek Wood take the quarter 13-12 for a 39-31 lead. Waverly made one more run in the waning minutes of the contest, but even with multiple looks at the basket on two separate occasions the home side couldn’t get the shots to fall in the fourth. Hohl had 5 points in the 9-7 Creek Wood fourth, and the Lady Red Hawks held on for a 48-38 win.
A total of 7 players scored for Creek Wood in the win, led by Hohl with 15 points and 3 threes. Kilian and Lydia Edmondson had 7 points each, while Gass and Nunnemaker each had 2 threes and 6 points. Smith led the Tigerettes with 17 points, while Brooks poured in 12.
The boys’ game was a different test than the prior matchup as well, as the new-look Tigers played with a smoother, more patient style than they did on the road. As a result, they whacked Creek Wood 16-5 in the first, with Dalton Mirabella putting in 8 points and Mason Malone adding 5. The Red Hawks collected themselves in a 19-11 second as Coulter Dotson hit 2 threes while Allen Miller, Aaron Daniel, and Dallas Hall hit a longball each, cutting the lead to 3 at the half.
The Tigers stepped up out of the locker room as Campbell Spencer hit 2 threes, Trey Tidwell had a 3 in a 4 point quarter, and Jacob Walker had a 3 in a 5 point effort. Waverly took the period 17-8 and drew the lead out to 44-32 heading into the final frame. The lead stayed around double-digits for most of the game, and big threes from Mirabella and Spencer helped cool off any Red Hawk rallies. Dotson had 2 more threes in an 8 point fourth, but the Tigers took the period 14-10 for a 58-42 win.
Mirabella had a game-high 16 points for Waverly Central, while Walker had 2 threes and 14 points. Malone added 10 points and 2 threes, while Spencer had 3 threes and 9 points and Tidwell had 9 points including 2 threes. Creek Wood was led by Dotson with 4 threes and 14 points, while Miller had 7 points and Daniel 6 points on 2 threes.
Creek Wood is home for Hickman County on Friday night, on the AM and the FM, because Dickson County is playing on Saturday night for Coming Home.