WAVERLY – The Creek Wood basketball teams made the trip to Waverly last week to take on the Waverly Central Tigers, both the boys and girls came away with wins. The Lady Red Hawks easily defeated Waverly 69-21 and the Red Hawks pulled away with a for a thrilling 69-60 victory. 

The boys game started about the same way the girls game did, with Creek Wood getting out to a quick lead, but Waverly clawed back. They cut Creek Wood’s lead to 13-11 by the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter belonged completely to Waverly as the Tigers scored 28 points to take a 39-27 lead into the half.

The Red Hawks didn’t panic, though, which is a trait emphasized by coach Charles Taylor.

“It was good to comeback...I thought all we had to do was settle down, and we did,” Taylor said. “In the second quarter, we got a little sporadic offensively and got into a rush. (Waverly) went on a run and really fed off of that.”

In the third quarter, both teams started to settle in, and Creek Wood changed a few matchups and its defensive plan, which limited Waverly to just 10 points in the third quarter.

The final quarter saw the Creek Wood offense come alive. The Red Hawks scored 27 points to come back from their 14-point deficit. 

Cole Adams, who finished with 12 points, was a leading catalyst on offense from beyond the arc. He made three 3-point field goals in the second quarter when Creek Wood was struggling. Those points proved to be pivotal later on, giving the Red Hawks a chance in the second half. 

“I’m proud of them, we haven’t won down here in a few seasons,” Taylor said. “It was a big district win. We’re about nine deep, and when I get (Brandon) Porter back, we will be about 10 deep. We’re experienced this year (and) different guys step up, and tonight that’s what we needed.”

The girls game was lopsided from the jump as Creek Wood took a 26-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. Brianna Burgess led Creek Wood with 11 points in the first quarter, and the Lady Red Hawks never looked back.

Creek Wood took a 42-12 lead at halftime, which allowed younger players to get experience in the second half. The Lady Red Hawks rolled through the final two quarters for the 69-21 win over Waverly.

“We shared the ball well, defended well and shot well,” Creek Wood coach Russell Wilson said.

Wilson said he believes the extra minutes for the reserve players helped them get necessary in-game experience.

“Anything can happen, whether it is an injury or anything, so you always have to be ready,” Wilson said. “I think anytime you get the younger kids some minutes in varsity games, those minutes add up to experience. I think it’s important, and those girls work hard in practice every day, so it’s good to reward them as well.”

BOYS BOX SCORE

Creek Wood (69): Tyler Neely 14, Raekwonn Nesbitt 14, Bryson Payton 13, Cole Adams 12, Kayden Austin 7, Rex Edmondson 5, Elijah Donaldson 3.

Waverly (60): Malone 18, Foster 13, King 11, Mayberry 10, Boswell 5, Wiser 3.

GIRLS BOX SCORE

Creek Wood (69): Brianna Burgess 17, Emily Michael 16, Allie Burgess 8, Raegan Taylor 8, Laura Nichols 7, Abby Owen 5, Gracie Mangrum 3, Bailey Morrison 3, Layne Myatt 1.

Waverly (21): Bukky 11, Turner 4, Trull 3, Dreaden 2, Burnette 1

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