The Giles County Lady Cats and the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks matched up incredibly well in their Region 6AA Tournament Semifinal Game on Monday night. The quick, defensive-minded, transition-and-three teams went toe-to-toe and step-for-step all night long. The game was so tight it went to overtime, and nearly to double overtime, but a late foul call, a made free throw, and a huge rebound helped Giles County do just enough to squeak out a 36-35 win.
Elayna Gass and Raegan Hohl each bombed threes in a 9-4 Creek Wood first quarter, but Jayla White and Martin Methodist signee Taylor McNairy had a three each in the 10-6 Lady Cat second. Giles County would have taken a lead into the locker room, but Hohl was able to beat the defense and the buzzer on a drive to the cup, and the tournament hosts led 15-14 at the break.
Lydia Edmondson scored 4 points for Creek Wood in the third while Gass nailed another longball, and a 7-4 third put Creek Wood up 22-18 with just 8 minutes standing between the Lady Red Hawks and another Region Championship Game. Unfortunately Erin Freeman, a Kennesaw State commitment, had other plans; after getting all 4 of her team’s points in the third, she added 5 more in the third while Jensen Harper added 4 of her own. Hohl had another 5 points for Creek Wood, but a 9-7 Giles County fourth sent the game to overtime.
The lead pivoted back and forth, but Creek Wood tied the game at 35-35 with around 10 seconds left in the overtime before a foul was called on the Giles County inbounds play. The foul led to a 1-and-1 opportunity at the free throw line for McNairy, with just 9 seconds and change left in the period. She hit the first to give the Lady Cats the lead, missed the second one high off the rim, and was bailed out by a teammate who got the rebound. Giles County passed the ball around quickly before a Lady Red Hawk could get a foul call, and the last 9 seconds ran off the clock, leaving Giles County to advance to the Region Championships and the Sectional Round while the Lady Red Hawks have to simply ask what happened.
Hohl led the way for Creek Wood with 10 points and 2 threes, while Sam Kilian had 8 points. Gass and Edmondson had 7 points each, and senior Taylor Moore ended her high school basketball career with an appropriate three as well. Freeman led the way for Giles County with a game-best 13 points, while Harper added 10 and McNairy 8.