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By Casey Patrick
PLEASANT VIEW- The Lady Red Hawks of Creek Wood opened up their season against Sycamore on Tuesday evening. The game got off to a slow start for both teams as both the Lady Red Hawks and Lady War Eagles had some shots that just couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Creek Wood got its first few buckets on some really nice back door screen plays to get some easy layups, while Sycamore got a 3 pointer and a few points off of Taylor Garrett’s sky hook.
By the end of the first quarter both teams were tied at 7 points apiece. You can blame the slow offensive start for both teams on good, physical defense, and more than likely a few first game jitters as well. The Lady Red Hawks, thanks to Anna Edmondson’s hustle plays and Emily Michael’s shooting, built a 3-point lead going into halftime with a score of 16-13.
At the beginning of the third quarter the Lady Red Hawks got off to a rough start, while Sycamore started to heat up. A few turnovers and a moving screen really hurt Creek Wood and gave the Lady War Eagles the opening they needed as Taylor Garrett again added 5 quick points and Kaitlynn Wofford had a 5 minute stretch where she basically took over the game and scored 11 points in the period. Sycamore took a 31-27 lead into the final quarter.
Creek Wood changed to a zone defense in the final quarter to try and cool down Sycamore and it worked. The Lady War Eagles were only able to muster 9 points in the fourth quarter while Creek Wood used their defensive intensity to turn some of Sycamore’s misfortune into baskets. Emily Michael made two big free throws with 2.8 seconds left to tie the game. Sycamore couldn’t get the half-court buzzer beater to fall so we were headed to overtime.
In overtime both squads fought hard back and forth, playing stellar defense and making timely shots. Sycamore took the ball down the court with just a few seconds left and tied the game, then Allie Burgess, who finished with 20 points, knifed through the defense to collect the go-ahead bucket. Sycamore couldn’t get the ball inbounded so the clock expired with a score of Creek Wood 48 – Sycamore 46.
“We have a lot to work on,” Junior shooting guard Emily Michael said. “I think a lot of it was just being nervous for the first game. We have a lot of underclassmen so we have a lot of learning to do, but I’m excited.”
“We have a lot of younger girls that were breaking into the program,” Sycamore Head Coach Cody King said. “First games are always tough, because you’re not really sure what to expect. I would have loved to get a win but we came out and played a lot better in the second half, and a lot of those younger girls stepped up. It’s great having girls like Taylor (Garrett) and Kaitlynn (Wofford) out there because they’re playmakers and leaders; they can kind of help the younger girls come along. But I know we have to get better with ball-handling and making better passes to improve.”
“We’re very proud to get the win, we showed a lot of poise,” Creek Wood head Coach Russell Wilson stated. “I thought our defense played well, which we hadn’t done during our scrimmages, but we battled for loose balls and pulled it out in the end.”