T-G STAFF REPORTGATLINBURG — A strong third quarter by Creek Wood ultimately was more than the Community Viqueens could overcome in the Smoky Mountain Classic on Thursday morning.The Lady Red …
T-G STAFF REPORT
GATLINBURG — A strong third quarter by Creek Wood ultimately was more than the Community Viqueens could overcome in the Smoky Mountain Classic on Thursday morning.
The Lady Red Hawks went for 21 points in the third and dealt the Viqueens a 58-46 loss.
Creek Wood put three players in double figures, with Brianna Burgess and Alessia Nesbitt combining for 33 points.
Senior M.J. Simmons struggled to get loose in the first half, but was aided by some perimeter shooting by Haley Mitchell and Addison Brothers, who both knocked down a pair of treys before halftime.
Creek Wood built an 18-10 lead by the end of the first quarter, but saw the Viqueens cut the Creekwood lead to six points by halftime.
It was Laura Nichols who got loose for Creek Wood in the third, tallying eight points to lead a 21-point effort in the frame.
Mitchell provided the fireworks for the Viqueens, scoring eight of her own, including a pair of three-pointers.
The Viqueens followed with 14 more in the fourth and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, but just couldn’t get over the hump to make a run at the Creek Wood lead.
Mitchell led all scorers with 18 points, while Simmons added 12.
Community will play for third place in the tournament on Friday morning.
Community 10 8 14 14 — 46
Creek Wood 18 6 21 13 — 58
Community: Haley Mitchell 18, M.J. Simmons 12, Zoey Dixon 8, Addison Brothers 6, Anna Haskins 2.
Creek Wood: Anna Burgess 17, Alessia Nesbitt 16, Laura Nichols 12, Kendal Bryant 8, Abby Baker 4, Hannah Guthrie.
3-Point goals: Community (6): Mitchell 4, Brothers 2; Creek Wood (3): Burgess 2, Nichols.
Halftime score: Creek Wood 24, Community 18.
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