By Malcolm Butler
Cedar Creek finished District 2-1A action in strong fashion Thursday night as both the Cougars and the Lady Cougars recorded lop-sided road wins over River Oaks.
The Lady Cougars wrapped up a share of the District 2-1A title with OCS by virtue of their 69-33 win over the Lady Mustangs while the Cougars dominated the Mustangs by the tune of 88-67.
With the win, the Lady Cougars set up a rubber-match showdown against rival Ouachita Christian set for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Claiborne Christian gym. The winner will earn the power point that is given to the district champion, although both teams will be considered co-champs in the record books.
Lady Cougars 67, River Oaks 33
Allie Furr scored 27 points — 25 coming in the first half — and Lizzie McAdams added 16 points as the Lady Cougars ended the regular season by picking up their 21st win of the year and finished 7-1 in league action.
McAdams netted nine points and Furr eight points in the first quarter to pace the Lady Cougars (21-5, 7-1) who jumped out to a 24-4 lead through eight minutes of action.
Furr almost single handedly owned the second stanza, scoring 17 of Creek’s 23 points in the frame as the Lady Cougars extended their advantage to 47-22 at the break.
McAdams added seven points in the third quarter while Zoey Venters and Baylee Mabou each netted four points with Creek upping its lead to 66-27 heading into the final quarter of action.
In addition to Furr and McAdams big nights offensively, Elli Dickerson added eight points and Venters scored six.
Following Saturday’s match-up against OCS, the LHSAA will release the girls playoff brackets on Monday morning.
Cougars 88, River Oaks 67
It was an offensive night for the Cougars (12-13, 4-4) who scored a season-high in the 88-67 victory over River Oaks (3-24, 0-8) in their final District 2-1A game of the season for Cedar Creek.
Connor Norris scored a career-high 25 points while Carter Hill added 21 points and Jack Echols scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Cougars in the win.
Echols netted seven points and Norris added six points in a first quarter that saw the Cougars take a 21-15 advantage over the Mustangs.
Creek was led by Davis Walsworth with seven points, Norris with five and Connor Johnson with four points in the second quarter as they extended their lead out to 41-31 at the half.
Norris added 10 points, Echols nine points and Hill six points accounting for all 25 points for Creek in the third quarter as the Cougars led 66-48 heading into the final eight minutes.
Creek outscored River Oaks 22-19 in the fourth quarter behind Hill’s even points, Echols five points and Norris’ four points.
Cedar Creek is not scheduled to play a game next week although with the boys state playoffs more than a week away the Cougars may choose to add a non-district contest as a tune-up.