Washington County girls extend winning streak to 55 with win over Cross Creek

Comeback keeps Lady Hawks' run alive on the road
Washington County's Juwan Burden (center) tries to avoid having his shot blocked by Cross Creek. Burden had 19 points in a 12-point victory on Tuesday.



With each Allisha Gray basket in crunch time, Washington County’s winning streak became safer.

The Washington County girls basketball team pulled away from Cross Creek to win its 55th game in a row with a 59-46 road victory Tuesday night.

It was the second time this season Washington County beat the Lady Razorbacks despite trailing to begin the second half.

“I think it has prepared us,” Lady Hawks coach Sug Parker said. “Now we can watch film and see what we did wrong.”

The top-ranked Lady Hawks (23-0, 10-0 subregion 3A-AAA) were down four at the half and 35-34 in the third quarter when Gray took over by going inside.

Gray had scored 10 points in the first period but was then held scoreless until about two minutes remained in the third.

With her team down 35-34, Gray scored 19 points the rest of the way to finish with 29. During the same stretch, Cross Creek scored only 11 points.

Four players scored at least six points for the Lady Razorbacks, with Jasmine Kilgore’s 15 pacing the offense.

Kilgore was strong on drives, spinning and hitting from close as she tried to keep her team alive late.

Cross Creek (20-5, 7-3) went on a 10-0 run to end the first half as Ashleigh Outler, Tia Pullens and Naomi Wilds took turns hitting consecutive team field goals. Wilds’ scoop and another second-chance bucket allowed Cross Creek to again lead Washington County at halftime.

“It really gives us a little bit of encouragement,” Lady Razorbacks coach Kim Schlein said about losing two close games to the
Lady Hawks.

“What we lack in height we make up for with determination and heart.”

The Washington County boys had an easier time sustaining its perfect mark with a 58-46 win.

The Golden Hawks didn’t take much time going ahead by double digits.

Washington County (22-0, 10-0) forced turnovers and saw its advantage swell to more than 20 points in the second period.

However, Cross Creek cut the deficit down to 11 despite scoring just one point in the second quarter.

But each time the Razor­backs made it an 11-point game, Washington County answered.

With Juwan Burden’s putback, the Golden Hawks responded to a Treaire Moore layup by scoring eight consecutive points. Burden put up a game-high 19 points in the win.

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