Creek Wood’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams welcomed Lewis County to town on Friday night, eager for a rematch against the district rivals that swept them earlier in the season in Hohenwald. At the end of the night, the Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks had returned the favor, holding off Lewis County in a pair of close, hard-fought wins with big district implications.
The Creek Wood girls were done in by a 23-7 Lady Panther fourth quarter in the earlier meeting, a 52-47 loss even through the Lady Red Hawks led by 4 with about 2 minutes left. This time Creek Wood prevented a scoring drought in the fourth, and despite a hard charge throughout Creek Wood turned back the visitors 39-35. Four Lady Red Hawks scored to spread the the offense around in a 12-5 first quarter, but reserve Sailor Selby went off for 9 points in the second to key a 13-6 frame and an 18-18 tie at the break. Lydia Edmondson scored 6 points in the first half and went off for 6 more in the third, carving up the Lady Panther post defense and keying an 11-6 third that put Creek Wood up 29-24 with one quarter left to play. Lewis County kept making runs in the fourth and trimming the lead, but the Lady Red Hawks kept their poise. Edmondson had three baskets down the stretch and both Sam Kilian and Elayna Gass each hit a free throw in the quarter. Creek Wood lost the quarter 11-10, but won the game by 4.
Edmondson finished with a game-high 18 points, while Kilian and Moore each had 9 points; Moore had 3 three pointers in the win. A total of 6 Lady Panthers scored in the low-scoring loss, but only Selby had 10 points; Lainey Bell chipped in 9, as the top-10-ranked Lewis County squad took its first loss of the season in District 11-AA. Creek Wood and Lewis County are now tied for first place in the district.
In the boys’ initial clash at Lewis County, the Panthers slugged out a double-digit win, but in the rematch Creek Wood took care of business much like the girls did, holding on for a 3 point win. Aaron Daniel hit 2 threes in an 8 point effort as Creek Wood took the first quarter 15-12. Mason True had 2 threes and a basket-and-one for Lewis County in the first. Daniel added another trey in a 5 point second quarter while Coulter Dotson built on his 5 point first with a 4 point second, and the Red Hawks won the second quarter 17-14. Donovan Conner had 4 points in the frame for the Panthers while Bryson Hinson and Will Owen each had threes, but the visitors trailed 32-26 at the half.
Lewis County woke up in the third. Conner had 5 points including a basket-and-one, True added 4 points, and Owen popped off 2 more threes, as the Panthers won the quarter 16-9 and regained the lead 42-41 at the end of three quarters of play. Dotson had another 5 point third, then took over for Creek Wood in the fourth. Creek Wood retook the lead, but the Panthers would not go away. A key free throw down the stretch gave the Red Hawks a 4 point lead, but immediately Owen drained another longball for Lewis County to cut the lead to 1. Still, Creek Wood held on, and built the lead back up to 3 in the waning moments. After a series of time-outs the home side had to either kill the clock or hit free throws, but the Panthers got a turnover and had a look from half-court for the tie. The shot wouldn’t go, and the Red Hawks survived with a 59-56 win.
Dotson had 9 points at halftime for the Red Hawks including a three; he finished with 26 points and 4 threes in the win. Dotson played closer, scoring 12 of Creek Wood’s 18 fourth quarter points, adding 2 of the 3 fourth quarter threes and 2 of the 5 fourth quarter free throws in a 3 point win. Daniel finished with 3 threes and 15 points, while Allen Miller had 8 points and 2 threes and reserve Anthony Neblett had 7 points with a basket-and-one. Owen and True led the way for Lewis County with 15 points a piece, as Owen had 5 threes and True 2 with a basket-and-one. Conner had 11 points, Hinson added 2 threes and 8 points, while Cameron Cotham added 7 points in the loss.
Creek Wood has a curious schedule in the coming week. They do not play a Friday or Saturday game, but play at Montgomery Central on Tuesday night and have the make-up game at East Hickman on Thursday night to complete their first trip through the district.