CRESWELL – Victory No. 1 of the season for the Creswell girls was the byproduct of playing smarter – not harder.
“In the second half we came out and went on a 15-1 run,” Bulldogs coach Tyler Hollingsworth said of his team’s 54-30 road win at Scio on Friday. “There had been a lot of tight calls in the first half … so we talked to the girls and we played smarter in the second half.”
Creswell’s week was supposed to start Thursday, Dec. 9 at home against Elmira, but it could not field a team due to virus protocols.
Hollingsworth said the Bulldogs were able to overcome their cold shooting (4-for-26 on 3’s, 4-for-15 on FTs) with their pressing defense, which forced almost 40 turnovers.
Emme Whitson again led the way with 18 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals while Lauren Bailey added 9 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Emma Maness had 11 points, 5 steals and 4 rebounds, and Kendyl Whitson chipped in with 5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals.
Creswell is hosting the inaugural Bulldog Invitational beginning Friday, Dec. 17 against Monroe.