It was a tale of two completely different games for Creek Wood at Camden on Friday night. More accurately, it was a tale of two separate games, and two halves in the latter. The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks rolled past a “beat up” Lady Lions team in the first game, and despite a dominant defensive showing and a 4 point lead in the first half of the boys’ game, the Red Hawks got picked apart in the second half leading to a 23-point loss.
Raegan Hohl and Taylor Moore each hit a pair of threes in the first quarter of the girls’ contest while Julie Nunnemaker exploded for 7 points off the bench as the Lady Red Hawks romped to a 20-4 lead at the end of the first. Despite mounting fouls, the visitors rolled to a 30-5 second quarter and a 50-9 lead at the half, with 7 Lady Red Hawks scoring in the first half–Hohl, Moore, and Nunnemaker already in double-digits. Brittney Minor had 6 points in the first half for Camden Central, while Abby Holladay added a three. The Creek Wood girls had only scored 50 points in a game one time all season going into Friday night.
Minor went off for 9 points in the third, but the only help she got was a basket from Maygan Sneed, and Creek Wood took the frame 14-11 as 5 Lady Red Hawks tallied, led by Taylor Moore with 5 points. Up 64-20 at the end of the third, the visitors enjoyed a running clock in the fourth and worked in the reserves. Ultimately 13 players saw the floor for Creek Wood and 10 scored, and despite being outscored 14-9 in the final frame, the Lady Red Hawks took home a huge 73-34 win.
Minor finished with a game-high 22 points for the Lady Lions, while Brittney Fox added 5 points, Holladay 3, and Sneed 2. Moore had a game-high 16 points, 3 threes, and a basket-and-one for Creek Wood, while Hohl hat 14 points and 4 treys, Gass 11 points and 3 longballs, and Nunnemaker 11 points and a lone three.
The Creek Wood boys entered their contest against the very athletic Camden Lions knowing that defense would have to be their calling card. All-everything standout Hunter Vick, a Tennessee Tech signee, was held without a point in the first half, and after a back-and-forth start Creek Wood found a little breathing room and won the first quarter 17-14. Coulter Dotson had 10 points and 2 threes in the opening frame for the Red Hawks, while Vick’s longtime AAU teammate Diego Womack had 6 points to pace the Lions while athletic center Colton Smith added 5 points. Camden stormed back in the second off a pair of threes from Health Daniel, but 4 more points from Dotson helped keep Creek Wood afloat. A late three from Allen Miller helped the Red Hawks take the second quarter 9-8, and extended the halftime lead to 26-22.
Everything was going to script for Coach Charles Taylor at the break. Vick was scoreless. The long and athletic Womack had just 7 points with no second quarter field goals. The physical Smith had just 7 points, and only 2 field goals. The Red Hawks had a 4 point lead, 5 players had scored, and Dotson had a game-high 14. Unfortunately, the Lions saw the exact same thing, and quickly worked to undo it all.
Camden hit the accelerator out of the locker room, erasing the 4 point deficit and taking the lead. Vick went off for 18 points in the third while Dotson was held to just 2 scores–a three and a basket–as a 23-10 quarter lifted the home side to a 45-36 lead. Womack built on a 5 point third with a 9 point fourth, while Vick chipped in 6 more points, and a 22-8 fourth quarter helped the Lions put away Creek Wood 67-44.
Vick had 4 threes and a team-best 24 points, while Womack added 21, Smith 9, and Daniel 9 on 3 threes. Dotson had a game-best 25 for the Red Hawks, including 3 threes, plus 5 of Creek Wood’s 10 third quarter points and 6 of their 8 in the fourth. Micah Westerman had 2 threes and 6 points for the Red Hawks, and while 7 players scored for the visitors, 5 of them had 4 points or less.
Creek Wood hosts Fairview on Tuesday night on 101.5 The One FM, then plays Friday night at Lewis County on WDKN 1260 AM and WDKN.com.