Community Christian School is one step away from the TCAF state championship after the No. 1 Lady Warriors delivered a solid thumping 53-13 of No. 7 Victory Christian to win the regional title Thursday at the Mineral Wells City Gym.
CCS wasted no time delivering the knockout blow as Coach Kayla Buchanan set her Lady Warriors on perimeter defense that denied a lane to the basket, attacked the ball and created turnovers early.
“Our defense played the way I wanted,” Buchanan said. “Our bench could have performed a little better, but we did well overall.”
The Lady Warriors were just as dynamic on offense establishing an 18-0 lead before Victory mustered a bucket with 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Hena Spahic opened things up with a steal and drive to the basket, and Emilee Reed sank the Lady Warriors only three-pointer of the game. Abby Brazel then dished out a pair of assists to Reed and Kate Buchanan and CCS was off the races as Reed sandwiched a pair of assists to Eliana Buchanan around a Spahic steal and score.
E. Buchanan capped the 18-0 run by notching the next five points before Victory hit their first shot.
The quick run was good news for a coach who had seen her team coming out flat at the start of games at the wrong time of the season.
“I think we are at that spot where we are rising to the challenges they have to face,” Buchanan said. “We have bigger challenges coming at us in the next two games.”
The first of those challenges will come against either Covenant Classical or Heritage Christian. While games are decided on the basketball court Covenant is the favored team and CCS will likely face the Lady Cavaliers in the state semifinals Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Trinity Christian in Willow Park.
“We played the way we are supposed to,” Buchanan said. “We took good shots and created opportunities for ourselves.”
The Lady Warriors were so good at creating opportunities they were lucky the cops didn’t get called for all the pickpocketing they did against Victory’s offense.
Reed led the team with seven steals as CCS captured a total of 21 with Brazel and Spahic picking off four balls while the Buchanan sisters had three each.
CCS turned those steals into points with E. Buchanan leading the way with 15 and Spahic scoring 14. Reed’s hot hands delivered nine points, Brazel and K. Buchanan put in four while Samee Petrie
and Kennedy Richards.
The best news for CCCs was the Lady Warriors’ shot percentage of 55 percent on 27-of-49 shots from the field. CCS won the district title against Cornerstone but shot 36 percent from the field after shooting 20 percent in their loss to the Lady Crusaders.
“We have been working on some splitting moves with our offense,” Buchanan said. “That created some layup opportunities, and we took advantage of them.”
Up next might be that feisty Lady Cavalier squad that was undefeated at 4-0 in winning D2 District 3 and scoring an average of 55 points a game in league play. Covenant also upped its game at just the right time jumping its scoring average by 15 points in district.