Arcadia holds off Cedar Creek, 77-39
Lady Hornets 62, Cedar Creek 29
Photo by Darrell James
January 29, 2014
Cedar Creek Cougars head coach Kyle Kavanaugh never would shy away from playing the best in the state at home.
“They have had an unbelievable season,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s not just the talent they have, but they are also well coached.”
Class 1A No. 1 Arcadia Hornets beat the Cougars, 77-39, last night.
The Cougars, who totaled 22 turnovers, struggled offensively throughout the game, never finding a groove.
Defensively, however, the zone defense they run gave the Hornets some early game struggles.
After the first quarter, Cedar Creek was only down 16-9.
“The zone is good for us because we have length,” Kavanaugh said. “We do a really good job rotating. We came out strong early, backed by the crowd, but we did struggle offensively.”
Senior Shiloh Perry led the team with 14 points, with most coming in the third quarter when he drained two 3-pointers and a lay-up.
“At warm-ups, he was saying, ‘Coach, I’ve got it — I feel good,’” Kavanaugh said. “But early in the game, we couldn’t get the ball to him when he was open.”
Arcadia coach Marcus Jack- son’s Hornets were led by senior Antoine Baker, who had 14 points, but all around, the Hornets played unselfish basketball and were hot through- out the night from mid-range to the arc.
With Cedar Creek, which was in foul trouble throughout the game, not being able to stop the jumpers, the Hornets proved to be too much and took over the game after halftime.
“We tried to tweak a few things, but after that, it’s kind of like pick your poison,” Kavanaugh said. “They have so many guys, who can do so many things, we decided to test them from the three. When they didn’t shoot well, we were keeping up with them and rebounding well. But when they did, they weren’t missing.”
Cedar Creek will be playing a solid district rival in their home arena.
“You walk into Grambling’s gym, and they don’t have an- other space on their wall to hang another championship banner,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s part of our historic district that is arguably the best in the state, maybe even any classification. With Antonio Hudson, a former Grambling player, coming back to coach, you are talking about building something dangerous.”
Cedar Creek next plays at Grambling on Friday.
Cedar Creek senior guard Caley Pyles sat on the bench right before the second half feeling a little dizzy.
Creek coach Katie Eagles said she decided to sit her at the beginning of the second half, but Pyles wanted to get back into the game.
Pyles led the Cougars with 12 points, but the Arcadia Hornets took the game Tuesday night at Cedar Creek.
Eagles said she was not only proud of Pyles and her effort, but also the team’s effort playing against one of the best teams in the state.
“The kids fought through a lot of adversity tonight,”Eagles said. “We struggled offensively at the beginning. But I told them at halftime, ‘It wasn’t about the
final score; it was about how we played. We are going to finish strong.”
Eagles said the Hornets were just athletically better than a lot of teams they played this season.
Senior guard Ty Henderson and sophomore forward Khal Foster, who both racked up 13 points, led the Lady Hornets to the win.
Henderson, who is the Hornets’ point guard, passed the ball well around the court and caused problems for the Cougars.
“The game plan was to close the middle, and not let them get easy drives,” Eagles said. “It’s hard for girls to be consistent from the outside, and we trying to live and die with the outside shots. Unfortunately for us, they continued to knock outside shots on us.”
The Cougars will be facing district rivals, Grambling, on Friday, and with Arcadia in the books, Eagles wants to have a good week of practice before heading on the road.
“Grambling is a good little physical team,” she said. “We are going to have to be ready to be physical and knock down some shots.”