Friday night, Creek Wood High School held its basketball coming-home games in front of a packed house, with the home side bleachers working again for the most part for the first time in weeks. The hometown fans got quite a show, as the Lady Red Hawks rolled to a big win, while the Creek Wood boys held off a Hickman County comeback, giving CWHS the season sweep over the Bulldogs and Lady Dawgs in District 11-AA.
Creek Wood girls’ coach Sam Young and his staff decided to rest Lydia Edmondson, one of the team’s best scorers on the year, because of some issues with her knee. The staff wanted her as close to 100% as possible going into a showdown Tuesday night against East Hickman. That move would prove even more insightful by the end of the night, as the Lady Red Hawks learned that East had upset Lewis County–making Tuesday’s game even bigger, as the winner is in a tie for first place in the district.
The Lady Red Hawks rolled past Hickman County even without Edmondson, however, only allowing more than 4 points in a quarter once–in a 22-10 Creek Wood third–while torching the shorthanded Lady Dawgs 60-21. Sam Kilian rose up with 10 points in a 19-4 first quarter, while Raegan Hohl had 7 in a 15-3 second. Kilian had 14 points at the break, Hohl 11, and Elayna Gass 7, as Creek Wood led 34-7.
Bailey Gilbert had 5 of Hickman County’s 10 points in the third, but Gass and Hohl each had 5 points to answer in the big 22 point CWHS third that saw 5 Lady Red Hawks tally at least 3 points. Up 56-17 at the start of the fourth, the home side emptied the bench with the mercy rule running clock, and after a 4-4 quarter, Creek Wood took the win 60-21.
Hickman County was led by Reagan Qualls with a quiet 9 points, as she scored in every quarter but the second but was held to just one field goal in each. Qualls had a basket and 2 free throws in the fourth. Gilbert had 5 points for the Lady Dawgs, all in the third. Hohl led the way for the Lady Red Hawks with a game-high 16 including a three and a basket-and-one. Kilian added 14 points and Gass 12 points including 2 threes. A total of 9 Lady Red Hawks scored in the lopsided win.
The Creek Wood boys had a much tougher task on their hands as the Bulldogs strained at the leash all night, but just barely ran out of room and time. Micah Westerman went off for 5 points in the first and Coulter Dotson had 8, but big-bodied senior guard Nathan Clinard answered back for Hickman County with 7 points, and the Red Hawk lead was cut to 16-13 after one.
Hickman County was competitive throughout, and it was a game of scoreboard hide-and-seek–Creek Wood would stretch out a lead of 10 or 12, and the Bulldogs would cut it back to 3 or so. An 18-10 second quarter helped accomplish the former as Allen Miller had 5 points and Dotson added another 8, but a 21-16 answer by Hickman County in the third would accomplish the latter, trimming the lead to 50-44 heading into the fourth. Briley DePriest had 8 points in the third for the Bulldogs, while Dalton Barber and Clinard each added 4; Aaron Daniel had 2 threes and 8 points to answer for the Red Hawks, while Miller added 5 more.
Hickman County actually won the fourth 15-14, but the Creek Wood lead was just too much to overcome. The Red Hawks hit 5 free throws in the final quarter, and seemed to keep their composure even as the Bulldogs mounted their comebacks. Dotson played closer again with 10 points in the final frame including 3 of the 5 made free throws. Ben Bentley had 2 threes and 6 total points for Hickman in the fourth while DePriest added 4 more points, but time was not on the Bulldogs’ side, and Creek Wood was able to grind out a 64-59 win on Coming Home night in Charlotte.
DePriest led the Bulldogs with 14 points while Clinard had 13 points and 2 threes. Barber and Trent Turner each had 8 points for Hickman County, including a fourth quarter three for Barber off the bench. Creek Wood was led by Dotson with a game-high 29 points, 3 threes, a basket and one, and a total of 8 made free tosses. Miller had 13 points and 2 threes, while Daniel had 2 threes and 8 points in the win.
Creek Wood finishes out with 2 more games at home before the district tournament opens: the Tuesday night tilt with East Hickman and a Thursday night make-up game against Sycamore.