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Hickory Creek nets two wins
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Maci McBride goes up strong over Kayeden Burks in Monday's action at Boyd. McBride and the Lady Hawks won 24-13. - photo by Jeffery Simmons

Hickory Creek made itself at home in J.K. Stanley Gymnasium Monday night.

The Lady Hawks and Hawks each scored wins over Boyd, with the girls winning 24-13 and the boys taking down the Broncos 34-23.

Ruby Denning took a starring role in helping the Lady Hawks even their record to 1-1 early in the 5-6 grade elementary season. Denning scored a team-high 10 points while serving as the focal point of the Hickory Creek attack.

Denning got hot going in the second quarter after her team took an early 8-4 lead. Denning netted both of her team’s baskets in the period, helping Hickory Creek go into the locker room leading 12-7.

Denning ran her personal scoring streak to eight straight points in the third quarter, getting a pair of jumpers to fall as Kayeden Burks heated up on the other side. Burks, who finished with a game-high 11 points, matched Denning with a pair of short shots in the third quarter.

Hickory Creek was able to pull away in the final period behind its pair of MaKenzi’s. MaKenzi Haile scored four of her six points in the fourth quarter, while MaKenzi Mason had two of her four points in the last six minutes.

Abby Graves and Lola Wells added two points apiece for Hickory Creek.

Cydney Perry was the only other Boyd player beside Burks to score, finishing with two points.

In the boys game, Khiree Martin and Kaden Jones each scored eight points as Hickory Creek improved to 2-0. Carter Simpson added seven as the Hawks took care of business in regulation after earning theirs first win – a 30-27 thriller over Irving College – in overtime.

Rounding out the scoring for the Hawks was Camron Holder with four, Keyton Reno with three and Ayden Odineal and Ethan Holder with two points apiece. 

Boyd’s top scorer was Connor Andrews, who finished with 11 points. Andrews has already amassed 25 points in three games, one of the top marks in the league. 

Bryant Ralph chipped in seven for the Broncos, who dropped to 0-3 in district play. Mason Westlake finished with three and Jack Rhoton added two.

Elementary action is set to return Tuesday, Jan. 22 with a slate of eight games across the county.