The Lady Crusaders (2-3, 2-2 in SCAA) took to the court Tuesday night in Chickamauga, Ga., against Southern Christian Athletic Association opponent Oakwood Christian Academy.
Oakwood took the early lead and pulled ahead by as much as 14 points by the third quarter. In the fourth quarter however, the Crusaders began to shut down the outside shot and battled back. The ladies closed the gap to four points with less than a minute to go, but fell short in the end 40-44.
Coach Larry Davis remarked after the game, "We have to work on our free throws. It has already cost us a couple of close games this season. We also need to play with more intensity at the beginning of games instead of waiting until the end."
Sophomore Acacia Thompson provided the highlights and led all scorers with 18 points and seven steals. Jennifer Corbitt had nine points, Emily Sexton five points and Carrie Claypoole four points.
Cleveland Christian travels to Copper Basin Thursday for middle school and varsity games beginning at 4, 5, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
The Ocoee Middle School wrestling team, fresh off of its second-place finish at the Mount Juliet Middle Invitational on Dec. 1, defeated Cleveland Middle by a score of 39-36.
In an exciting match, the Colts were down by nine points with two matches left. Edward Elkins and Xzayvier Beckingham both came up with pins in order to secure the three-point victory. Other wrestlers who had pins on the night were Colton Landers, Knox Fuller, Mikel Gregory and Caleb Eachus. Dillon Clark also won his match by a regular decision.
The wrestling Colts’ next match will be Thursday, Dec. 13, at home against Dalton (Ga.) and Boyd Buchanan.
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The Ocoee Middle School Clots added another victory to their total of 15 on the season when they conquered the visiting Meigs County Tigers by a score of 54-26.
Tyler Ferguson led the way with 12 points. Kinsey Swallows, in his first start, added 11. They were followed by Lake Preston-Self with seven points, and the “twin posts” Brenden O’Boyle and Hayden Ownbey with six points each.
Tre Guildmenot his a big three in the second quarter to keep the Colts plugging away. Jack Essenburg and Isaiah Johnson led the “assist parade” with five each.
The next contest for the Colts will be Saturday at Cleveland Middle at 3 p.m.