Before Wednesday night’s Region 6-AA Championship game, Creek Wood girls’ coach Tom Mullinicks gave the Giles County Lady Bobcats plenty of credit. They were not only physical on the post but both big and quick–one of the fastest yet most physical teams the Lady Red Hawks had seen all year. He compared them to Daniel Boone, the last team to beat the Lady Red Hawks, and the comparison in athleticism was apt.
Unfortunately for the Lady Bobcats, they couldn’t catch a break and shot poorly all night, and the Lady Red Hawks used opportunistic scoring to overcome their own mistakes to lock up their first Region Championship in school history 51-35 at Spring Hill High School.
As has been the case in recent postseason games, Creek Wood had to battle through a tight first quarter, but 10 points from Rachel Bell gave CWHS a 15-9 lead after the first. Bell added 6 more as things tightened up in the second, but Brianna Spicer added 4 points, McKenzie Broadway 2, and Brittany Gosnell nailed a three. The Lady Red Hawks won the frame 15-13 and held a 30-22 lead at the half.
Creek Wood stretched out its lead with a 12-7 third quarter, but both teams were beginning to lose their crispness. In fact, Giles County defended better in the third and was in position to make a run, but the Lady Bobcats turned ice cold from the floor and turned the ball over in key situations. Bell dropped in 10 points in the third to help keep the Lady Bobcats at bay. Giles County gave it all they had in the fourth, but could make up no ground, and ultimately both sides threw in the subs for the final few minutes. Creek Wood won the fourth 9-6, and held on for a 51-35 win.
Region MVP Rachel Bell finished with 33 points unofficially, while Spicer added 6, Gosnell 5, and Broadway 4. Leah Grubb finished with a 3 pointer, and was named to the All Region team, and Bailee Anthony did not score in the game but was also named All Region. The Creek Wood defense allowed 6 scorers, but only one player had more than 6 points on the night.
Martin Luther King Magnet School upended Westmoreland 46-28 in the Region 5-AA Championship Game, meaning that Creek Wood will host the Westmoreland Lady Eagles on Saturday night in Charlotte for a Sectional playoff game. Westmoreland, the 3rd place team in District 9-AA, did CWHS a major favor by knocking off District 9-AA Tournament Champion Sycamore in the Region Semis. Sycamore was the only team to beat the Lady Red Hawks outside of the Johnson City tournament this year. Creek Wood will try to show its appreciation by eliminating the Lady Eagles in the Sectional game Saturday night, with the winner advancing to the State Tournament.