Another week, another All-Area Selection for Taylor “5-Star” Gardner.
In the least surprising bit of news of the week, News4Jax released their Girls Hoops 1st and 2nd Team selections, with Taylor, once again, earning the highest ranking of any girl in St Johns County by making the 2nd Team. Her wonderful teammates Maddie Lippy and Emily McIntosh earned Honorable Mention nods to accompany Taylor in the rankings.
It is clear from both the DuvalSports and News4Jax All Area Selections that rival coaches and area scouts view Taylor as the highest ranked prospect coming out of St Johns County this year. Unfortunately, Taylor was not able to capture the hearts of the St Augustine Record and earn St Johns County Player of the Year. We all know Taylor will put her head down and put in the work needed to help her team win, so we can only hope she gets the recognition she deserves in her Senior Season.
Taylor Gardner led the Lady Knights this year, earning a spot on the All-St. Johns County First Team and the All-First Coast Second Team.
Joining Taylor was Emily McIntosh and Maddie Lippy on the All-St. Johns County Second Team, with Maddie also earning an All-First Coast Third Team selection, while Emily earned Honorable Mention in All-First Coast Selections.
Oddly enough, Taylor was the highest rated St Johns County player nominated to an All-First Coast team, yet was unable to take home All-St. Johns County Player of the Year. We will have to wait until next year to see if Taylor “5-Star” Gardner can pick up one last award to add to her already illustrious career!
In a hard fought battle, the #4 seed Lady Knights were taken down by #8 seed Mainland. It was an emotional ending to a phenomenal season for the Lady Knights. Records were broken, friendships flourished, games were won and lost, and memories were made that will last a lifetime. The Lady Knights finish the season with 16 wins, 9 loses, and won a District Championship.
Until next season girls. #UnfinishedBusiness
The Lady Knights stormed to a 65-50 win over visitor Columbia after playing 3 quarters of back and forth basketball. The teams entered the half with Creekside holding a 22-21 lead. In a game of runs that saw numerous lead changes throughout the night, the Knights built upon their 1 point half time lead to go up by 6 into the final quarter. From there, the visiting Tigers attempted to cut into the Creekside lead only to be met with quick scores from the Knights.
Junior Taylor Gardner showed off her “5 Star” talents in this one, dropping 13 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and a steal. Meanwhile, Sophomore Emily McIntosh had the greatest night of her young career, going 9/9 from two and 2/4 from 3 for a whopping 24 points. She also added 2 steals and 2 big blocks on Columbia three point attempts. Sophomore Center Peyton Petrick chipped in 7 points and 4 rebounds and Senior Forward Anna Parsanko snagged 5 rebounds and 3 points, all while combining to guard Columbia’s strong post players. Senior Guard Calea Kellet, known more for her 3 point shooting than post defense, held tough on the block as the Tigers tried to exploit a size mismatch. Senior Maddie Lippy had a smooth 15 points as she hit a couple threes, attacked the basket, and knocked down a few free throws, all while snagging 6 rebounds. It was a true team effort that led the Knights to victory in their Regional Quarterfinal game.
In a stunning turn of events, #8 seed Mainland went on the road to #1 seed Lincoln and beat the Lady Trojans in what is arguably the most stunning defeat in sports history. The world has not seen an upset of this magnitude since Team USA Mens Hockey defeated the USSR in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Mainland will now travel to THE CASTLE to take on your Lady Knights in what is sure to be a fantastic 6A Regional Semifinal matchup.
Come on out to THE CASTLE on Tuesday, 2/18 @ 7pm to support your Lady Knights!
The Creekside Knights won THREE District Championships Friday night. The Lady Knights Basketball and Soccer teams won while hosting Fleming Island and Fletcher, respectively, at THE CASTLE. The Boys Soccer team went on the road to beat Fleming Island.
The Lady Knights Basketball team won in convincing fashion, with Senior Maddie Lippy notching a double-double.
Meanwhile, the boys soccer team won in convincing fashion, downing Fleming Island 4-1!
The Lady Knights Soccer team held on to beat Fletcher 3-2!
It was a fantastic night for our winter sports teams! There are rumblings that Governor DeSantis will designate the first Friday of February as “District Knight” to commemorate the astounding feat that Creekside High School was able to pull off by winning 3 District Championships in one night. Stay tuned for more updates…
Congratulations to Maddie Lippy (Senior) on breaking TWO Creekside Girls Basketball records in our District Semifinal Game against Fletcher on 2/4/2020
Career 3pt FG Made – 127
Previously held by Taylor Allen (123)
Single Game 3pt FG Made – 7
Previously held by Calea Kellet (6)
District Championship Night for our Knights Winter Sports Teams!
Creekside Knights Boys Soccer takes on Fleming Island tonight @7pm at Fleming Island for a District Championship!
Creekside Knights Girls Basketball takes on Fleming Island tonight @7pm here at THE CASTLE for a District Championship!
Creekside Knights Girls Soccer takes on Fletcher tonight @7pm here at THE CASTLE for a District Championship!
Creekside 67, Oakleaf 34
Calea Kellett came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points for Creekside (11-5, 4-1 District 4-8A) on Tuesday night at home. Taylor Gardner added 11 points for Creekside, while Maddy Lippy scored nine and AnnaRose Epting had seven points and five steals. Dejah Oden led Oakleaf (3-4, 0-4) with 12 points. Creekside hosts Gainesville Buchholz on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Source: St. Johns County roundup: 4 girls basketball teams pick up wins
The Creekside Girls Basketball will be hosting “Ellie’s Knight” on December 5th for their game vs. Nease High School in honor of the Hanson Family. Ms. Hanson, who teaches at Creekside, recently lost her daughter to Congenital Heart Disease. Mrs. Hanson is currently promoting a toy drive to benefit the UF Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac ICU where her daughter spent many of her first days. The PCICU at UF Shands Children’s Hospital cares for patients born with Congenital Heart Disease. Many patients are awaiting a heart transplant, are on heart assistive devices, or are needing some form of critical care from an ICU team due to their condition. The ages of patients range from infant to teen and many stay long-term. The 23 room facility is always full and is expected to be full during the holidays. This is why the toy drive is so important. We want to help make the holidays just a little better for these kids and their families that are there.
For every person who brings an unwrapped toy to the game, they will get a ticket to be entered into a drawing for a prize basket at half-time.
Please see the attached “wish-list” items to be donated.
PCICU Holiday Season Wish List
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