The Creek Wood Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks made the long trek to Hohenwald on Friday night, for an important district doubleheader at Lewis County. The Lady Red Hawks led for most of the game, but a late rally by Lewis County helped the Lady Panthers steal the win. The Panthers and Red Hawks battled in a back and forth contest throughout, but after Creek Wood built a 3-point lead at the half, the host Panthers rallied back in the second half and held off the Red Hawks for a 12-point win.
The Lady Red Hawks started out red hot, taking a 9-1 lead and holding on for a 19-13 lead at the end of one. Raegan Hohl had 13 points in the first 8 minutes while Taylor Moore chipped in 4, but Sailor Selby had 4 points to lead the way for the 5 Lady Panthers who scored in the opening stanza. A 12-8 second quarter grew the Creek Wood lead to 31-21 at the half. Lainey Bell had 4 points in the second, giving her a team-high 7 at the half, but 5 more from Hohl gave her 18 at the break to lead CWHS. Lewis County closed the distance in the third, but Elayna Gass had 6 points including a four point play (hitting a foul shot after making a three) as the Lady Red Hawks took the frame 9-8 and grew the lead to 40-29.
Luck ran out in the fourth for the Lady Red Hawks, who had been called for a ton of fouls in the game already. Gass fouled out, Hohl was held off the scoresheet in the second half, and only Moore was able to tally in the third and fourth quarters. Selby poured in 6 points for the Lady Panthers, however, as 6 players scored for Lewis County in a furious rally. Taylor Arledge drew a foul with 2:06 left, hit both foul shots of a one-and-one, and trimmed the lead to 45-41. Momentum stayed with the Black-and-Gold, and they rode out a 23-7 quarter for a 52-47 win.
Selby and Bell each had 13 points for Lewis County while Arledge added 11. Hohl had 18 points and 2 threes at the half, and that was enough to give her the game-high in scoring for Creek Wood. Moore chipped in 11 for the Lady Red Hawks, who led until the final minute of the contest and dropped their first district game of the year.
The Red Hawk boys battled Lewis County nip and tuck in the opening quarter, but the Panthers took a 13-11 lead at the end of the first. Coulter Dotson was limited to 6 points in the quarter, while Aaron Daniel had 5 points including a three. Donovan Conner had a basket-and-one in a 5 point frame for Lewis County, one of 4 Panthers who scored in the first. The Red Hawks answered back with a 13-8 second to lead 24-21 at the half. Only Conner scored more than once in the second quarter for the Panthers, and that was on free throws. Allen Miller and Dallas Hall each had 4 points in the second for Creek Wood, while Hunter Haislip had a three and Micah Westerman added a basket.
The Red Hawks led by 3 points at the break, but Lewis County reversed their fortunes in a flash in a 20-7 third. Cameron Cotham and Will Owen each added a three while Conner added a basket for the Panthers, while Mason True chipped in 4 and Bryson Hinson poured in 8 points including a pair of threes. Garrett Dolinich had 5 points for the Red Hawks including a three, while Dotson only managed a basket against Hinson’s effective defense.
Down 41-31, Creek Wood tried to rally back in the fourth. Dotson got free for 9 points and Hall added 5 including a 3, but Lewis County answered back with 16 points–8 of them at the free throw line. True added a three in a 5 point frame, while all 5 starters scored. The Panthers salted away a 57-45 win, and Creek Wood fell to 2-2 in the district.
Hinson finished with 14 points while Conner had 13 and Owen 10. Dotson finished with a game-high 17 points for the Red Hawks, while Hall added 9. Daniel and Dolinich each had 5 points including a three each.
Creek Wood only has one double header on the schedule for the next week, a Thursday night home game against Montgomery Central, live on WDKN and The One FM.