Perhaps they ate too much turkey the day before, but for some reason, the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks simply went to sleep in the first quarter of their Black Friday game against tournament host Forrest. Up 6-0, the offense struggled for several minutes while the defense bowed against the Lady Rockets’ attack, until finally a long bomb made it 6-3. Creek Wood answered back with a bucket from Leah Grubb–the first Creek Wood points from anyone other than Rachel Bell in almost a half of basketball–and the tone was set. The Lady Red Hawks would need a total team effort against the host Lady Rockets, and CWHS would get exactly that en route to a 52-45 win on day two of the Thanksgiving Tournament in Chapel Hill.
Classic games tend to have classic endings. However, when a chance to force overtime winds up as a gaffe instead of a top-tier play, that classic game is usually forgotten in a hurry. Such will likely be the case for Wednesday’s win for the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks, who dodged a bullet 50-47 over the Community School Viqueens in the opener to the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament.
With an early start on a game that was already moved up a day, plus the long bus ride to Dover, it was hardly business as usual for the Creek Wood basketball programs on Friday night. However, the Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks took care of business on the road, handily sweeping Stewart County in an early-season district doubleheader.
The Creek Wood girls opened the night with a 60-37 romp over the Lady Rebels, in what head coach Tom Mullinicks said was the most complete team game the Lady Red Hawks had played all season. Creek Wood got out to a 22-10 lead after the first quarter, and led 36-18 at the half, led by Rachel Bell’s 19 points. CWHS edged out the Lady Rebels 16-12 in the third, before closing out the 60-37 win. Bell finished with a game high 32, while Leah Grubb poured in 12, Brittany Gosnell 11, and McKenzie Broadway 5. Only one player for Stewart County was in double figures against the stout Lady Red Hawk defense.
The Creek Wood boys got out to a red hot start on the road, and never trailed en route to an 84-60 victory. A trio of three pointers from Ross “Chico” Plunkett helped the Red Hawks to a 20-5 lead at the end of one. Six players scored for Creek Wood in the second, but a physical Rebel team kept the quarter close as the Red Hawks won it 23-22 for a 43-27 halftime lead. Questionable calls on physical plays persisted throughout the game, including two quick fouls on what looked to be clean blocks by reserve post Corey Edens, and those breaks kept Stewart County and its physical play in the game. A 25-18 third quarter gave the Red Hawks a little more breathing room, however, as Plunkett nailed another pair of threes and Isaac Edmondson added 13 points in the quarter. The final quarter was another one point affair with CWHS prevailing 16-15, but several minutes of that game enabled the coaches to go down their benches.
Creek Wood prevailed 84-60, as Edmondson led the way with a game-high 30 points spread across all four quarters. Plunkett had 21 points off 7 made threes, and Ross Cummings was also in double figures with 15. Stewart County had three players in double figures, but no one had more than 14 points for the Rebels.
The Creek Wood girls will be in action in the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament, playing Wednesday morning in Chapel Hill, TN.