The Creek Wood high school Lady Red Hawk basketball team put up the kind of season you dream about last year going undefeated in district play (14-0) and posting an overall record of 27-4 on their way to a district title win and a region semifinal appearence.
This season returning 4 of last years 5 starters, including 4 year starter Allie Burgess at PG and last years freshman phenom Brianna Burgess, the team should have no problem repeating their success if not going further.
However, now sitting at 2-2 on the season with losses to Gibson County and Summitt, wins over Dickson County and Cheatham County, the Lady Red Hawks early on do have one fatal flaw to clean up.
Creek Wood is more than capable of running up and down the floor and out shooting and out hustling almost any team they play.
In their two losses however, they have faced dominant bigs and been unable to stop them for an entire game.
Take Summitt for instance, the Lady Red Hawks kept their star post player in check in the first half in terms of points and rebounds but allowed her to find a rhythm in the second and she led the Lady Spartans to victory on the glass helping limit Creek Wood’s chances and give extra shots to her offense.
The other thing Creek Wood will need to develop this season as they enter district play and attempt to make another run, is a secondary ball handler.
Allie Burgess, when she is on the court, which is almost always, is an elite PG at the AA level. A 4 year starter she understands the offense and how to distribute the ball to make points hit the scoreboard in bunches.
That being said, when she is not on the court, for example in the Summitt game when she went down midway through the second quarter with a minor injury, her whole team seemed to be out of sorts.
Yes Brianna Burgess can still create scoring opportunities, and yes the Lady Red Hawks still play lights out defense but, if the formula to beating this team is as easy as working the ball inside to a dominant post and taking Allie Burgess off the floor/out of rhythm, than this team may very well repeat last year winning the district but not making it past region play.
Creek Wood will be back in action and looking to get back in the win column on Friday night when they host White House Heritage at 6 p.m.
You can hear that game on 101.5 the one, the RFC Sports Network, with Colin Castleberry on the call.