CHARLOTTE – Both the Creek Wood Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks led through every quarter Tuesday night in dominant wins over Waverly. The boys won 58-47, while the Lady Red Hawks put Waverly away easily in the second half to win 66-33.
The Red Hawks, who defeated won at Waverly earlier in the season, were able to get out to a small lead early in the game by going up 18-15 and then taking a 29-24 lead into half. Tyler Neely scored 22 points, 11 in each half, to lead Creek Wood to a season sweep of the Tigers.
Seven total Red Hawks scored as Creek Wood’s offense started to roll in the second half. The Red Hawks took a 41-31 lead into the final quarter, but that is when things started to get interesting.
The Waverly Tiger fans, who were not happy with the officiating during the girls game, were not any happier with the officiating during the boys game, and one fan was asked to leave.
She was far from the only fan who showed their displeasure during the game, though, as the Waverly boys coach was called for a technical foul, and the players also got chippy toward the end of the game.
“I’ve got quite an emotional bunch, which quite honestly is good,” Creek Wood coach Charles Taylor said. “I’ve had years where I wished I could get emotion out of them, but we have to constantly remind them to stay focused and keep their (mouths) shut. It’s hard when you’re in the game, but we constantly remind them.”
The Red Hawks were able to keep their emotions in check and went on to claim the 58-47 win. Creek Wood also pulled off an important win on Friday night over Camden Central to improve its record to 15-4 and 10-1 in the district.
“I thought we guarded well, but their big guy is out so they used some smaller guys and spread us out a little bit,” Taylor added. “I would have liked to shoot a little better, but overall it was a nice win, a big win for us here at home.”
Nine total Lady Red Hawks scored, including three in double digits as Brianna Burgess led with 16 while Allie Burgess and Emily Michael added 11 apiece to hold off Waverly.
Creek Wood held only a 33-22 lead at halftime, but the offense really got going and the defense fed the flow of the game in the third quarter as Creek Wood extended its lead to 50-26.
“In the first half, I thought we were going under too many screens and allowing their shooter to get over the top and make some shots, but in the second half we did a little better job of stopping that,” Lady Red Hawks coach Russell Wilson said.
Creek Wood fixed some of the defensive issues in the second half and pulled away for the 66-33 win. But Wilson knows there is still a lot of work to do with his team.
“Well teams are starting to get out on the perimeter and guard us a lot heavier because we shoot a lot of outside shots,” Wilson said. “So somehow, someway we have to figure out a way to score from the 15-foot range to suck the defense back in.”
The Lady Red Hawks also pulled off a district win on Friday night against Camden Central to move to 19-3 overall with a perfect 11-0 record in the district.
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Creek Wood (66): Brianna Burgess 16, Allie Burgess 11, Emily Michael 11, Laura Nichols 9, Raegan Taylor 8, Gracie Mangrum 4, Autumn Burgess 3, Sara Mangrum 2, Layne Myatt 2.
Waverly (33): Julia Bukky 21, Chasity Turner 6, Caroline Trull 3, Ansley Black 2, Kyle Perry 1.
BOYS BOX SCORE
Creek Wood (58): Tyler Neely 22, Raekwonn Nesbitt 9, Elijah Donaldson 7, Bryson Payton 7, Cole Adams 6, Rex Edmondson 4, Brandon Porter 3.
Waverly (47): Noah Foster 22, Clayton King 15, DJ Booze 5, Jaxon Boswell 3, McKale Herrin 2.