Fairview loss looms large

The Lady Red Hawks had a chance to get 3 district wins last week and maintain their 2 game lead over Stewart County.

They also would have kept up their undefeated district record and a chance to have back-to-back undefeated seasons in district play.

All of that went away last Tuesday night at Fairview.

While Creek Wood certainly did not play their best game, they were leading 36-35 with under 30 seconds too go.

That is when they did the two things you are taught never too do.

They fouled the shooter on the drive allowing her to go to the line for the and one shot.

That put Fairview up 37-36 with a chance to make it a two point lead if the free throw was made.

The thought at that point is however, your at worst down 2 with just under 10 seconds to go and a chance to tie it up on a lay-up or other high percentage shot.

The only thing that cannot happen is exactly what has plauged Creek Wood all year; rebounding.

If the free throw is missed, and turns out it was, you cannot allow Fairview to get the rebound and put it back up.

The Lady Red Hawks failed to get the board off the missed free throw and allowed a Lady Yellowjacket to obtain possesion, one dribble, and back up for the lay-up which put them up 3.

Down 39-36, Brianna Burgess made a valient effort coming up just short on the 3 pointer to tie it.

I say all of that too say it clearly taught this team something.

In their next two games, Camden Thursday and Lewis County Friday, Creek Wood made it a point to be more aggressive overall but especially on the glass.

It helps that Bryanna Moore has begun really showing what this team has been missing down low. She is a physical post presence who takes ownership of the paint and the boards.

If Creek Wood can maintain the level of intensity they had in their last two games versus what they brought to Fairview, I doubt they will lose another district game this season.

The tests will come February 2nd and 5th when the Lady Red Hawks travel too Stewart County and host Fairview respectively.

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