The Creek Wood High Lady Red Hawks shot an impressive 57% from the field on Tuesday, Feb. 2 to come away with a season sweep of Stewart County, winning the game 52-31.
CWHS opened the game by scoring the first eight points and nailed six three-pointers before halftime to distance themselves from the Lady Rebels.
“Tonight, I just think that we got some good looks,” said Lady Red Hawks head coach Russell Wilson. “The girls saw each other when they were open and when they were open, we hit them and they knocked it down. No special offense there: it’s just people creating, people helping, kicking, shooting and we knocked them down.”
Stewart County came into the contest on a three-game losing skid. An injury to defensive guard Karlee Bramlett forced the Lady Rebels to change their pace of play during their most recent stretch of games. The swap from a press defense to a half-court set allowed easy access to the basket for Allie, Brianna and Autumn Burgess, who each scored 13 points on the evening.
“If Creek Wood hits their shots, they’re hard to beat, and they knocked down a bunch of threes tonight,” said Stewart County coach Gilbert Harper. “A lot of them, we were in their face. When a team shoots like that, you’ve got to score with them and we didn’t score with them tonight.”
Creek Wood distanced themselves from the Lady Rebels in the second half. After holding an 11-point advantage at the break, the Lady Red Hawks nearly doubled the offensive output of their opposition over the final 16 minutes. Autumn Burgess spearheaded the Creek Wood offense in the third, scoring six straight points and finishing with 11 in the final two frames.
“I think we knew the importance of the win to get here,” Wilson said. “It’s been a hard place to play since I’ve been here for four years. We’ve lost a few times here and it’s a long drive over here. I think our girls were determined…They knew the importance of the game, of getting the win and trying to get the higher seed in the district tournament that’s coming up.”
The Lady Red Hawks have now won their past seven games and aim to finish the regular season on a high note with games against Dickson County, Fairview and Lewis County. Stewart County caps off their final two games of the season on the road with trips to Hickman and Lewis County as well.
Creek Wood (52): Allie Burgess 13, Autumn Burgess 13, Brianna Burgess 13, Raegan Taylor 6, Laura Nichols 5, Bryanna Moore 2.
Stewart County (31): Kaitlyn Bramlett 12, Rylee Gafford 8, Karlee Bramlett 4, Tori Hale 3, Elizabeth Guynn 2, Emma Page 2.