Creswell girls pick up first win at Scio

After having the game on Dec. 9 canceled against Elmira due to COVID-19 positives within the Falcons program. 

The Creswell girls basketball team used that extra time to find the spark they were looking for on offense as they beat Scio on the road 54-30 for their first win of the season. 

“It feels good to get the positive vibes going and I feel like the girls played really well,” said Head Coach Tyler Hollingsworth. “I liked our ball movement we did a really good job of moving the ball. We actually made the extra pass. Sometimes, we passed up a good shot for a better shot so that was actually really good to see.”

Emme Whitson and Emma Maness led the way on offense scoring 29 points combined almost nearing the Scio total for the game.

“I think we played very well as a team in all aspects of the game when we won,” said Creswell Senior guard Whitson. “Our previous two games I felt like we were relying on our shooting and scoring ability and not focusing on defense, which is what we did well against Scio. We only allowed one point in the third quarter, which is our best so far. To keep moving forward with that momentum we need to focus on being aggressive on offense by attacking the rim and getting to the free-throw line more and playing tough defense.”

Creswell jumped on Scio early defensively as the Bulldogs press caused issues offensively for the Loggers. The first quarter was completely dominated by Creswell and their team defense as they held Scio to only seven points while taking a 20-7 lead at the end of the quarter. 

In the middle of the second quarter, two Creswell girls got in foul trouble with Lauren Bailey and Samairah Quinones each picking up three fouls forcing them to sit out the rest of the half. Despite the foul concerns for coach Hollingsworth, he still employed the full-court pressure with his guards. 

Creswell’s Gabby Halgren made a big bucket to get the lead back up to 14 before heading into halftime as the Bulldogs led 35-21. 

“I challenged our girls at halftime saying, we need to get better in our transition defensively it’s not good enough for us to be successful,” said Hollingsworth. “So in the second half we did a really good job defensively pressuring and then we’re trying to force them to the left and so we did a really good job forcing left. And overall, just getting back better on the other end was good. So, I mean, they (Scio) didn’t really have a chance to run their offense. We were just making them play fast and making them do something that they didn’t want to do.”

The Bulldogs continued to smother the Loggers in the third quarter only giving up one point and forcing more turnovers to push the game out of reach for Scio. Whitson, Maness, and Caroline Spriggs kept the offense going as Creswell were in firm control leading 50-22 at the end of the third quarter. 

Creswell was able to cruise the rest of the way as they closed out their 54-30 win. 

“I hope it leads us into starting to believe in what we’re preaching that’s the ultimate goal that,” said Hollingsworth. “And hopefully we can talk about how good our defense was, how uncomfortable we made people and how we were successful because of it. Hopefully, that just leads to them to know what we need to do to be successful.”

The Creswell girls will try to continue building off their first win as they head into the Bulldog Invitational tournament at home Friday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

Stat Leaders

Emme Whitson 18 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals

Emma Maness 11 points, 2 rebounds

Lauren Bailey 9 points, 12 rebounds

Kendyl Whitson 5 points, 6 rebounds 

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