It’s great to be in first place!
The Lady Warriors delivered the knockout punch at just the right time Friday night as Community Christian School (24-1, 3-0) turned back Cornerstone Christian Academy 47-38 at the Mineral Wells City Gym.
CCS led by just four points with 2:33 to play, and Coach Kayla Buchanan called a timeout to settle her team.
“I told the girls not to foul because we had the lead,” Buchanan said. “I had one timeout left, and I wasn’t going to use it unless we got into trouble.”
CCS has been a little out of sync in its last couple of games and a poor practice Monday had Buchanan a little on edge as to how her team would respond against a taller CCA (11-9, 1-1) squad.
Following the timeout, the Lady Crusaders immediately came up with a steal and fast-break basket to close the score to 39-37.
“We hadn’t been playing our game,” Buchanan said. “I told the girls we were going to play through it. If they started passing the ball around, we were going to attack it and force play.”
Undaunted by the turnover, CCS went to work with the finishing blows as Emilee Reed toed up to the three-point arc and drained her shot.
Eliana Buchanan’s offensive rebound and bucket were followed up by a steal and layup from Reed. Reed punched the victory home with a free throw to finish the game.
Buchanan was a force under the bucket as she pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds (seven points), and nine of those boards came on defense.
Reed led all scorers with 16 points, and Henna Spahic popped in 14 and handed out six assists.
In addition to keeping the Lady Crusaders off-balance with her aggressive defensive play, Abigail Brazeal had a well –rounded game with six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Freshman Kate Buchanan was impressive with eight rebounds, four points, and a blocked shot.
CCS turns around to face CCA on the road in Granbury for a district makeup game that was rescheduled due to bad weather. The Lady Warriors are in sole possession of first place in TCAF District D2 D1 and can establish a two-game lead after already securing a state playoff berth.