Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Varsity Men Leisurely Win Two, While Varsity Women Grind Out Tough Games to Improve to 10-1

Quate Mckinzie prepares to throw down a one handed slam
The Varsity Men heated up conference play on Thursday, January 8 as they took the court at the Foundation Center on the campus of Harrells Christian Academy against long time conference foe Cape Fear Academy. The Crusaders jumped right out the gate from the beginning where they found themselves leading 16-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Crusaders did not slow down their attack and headed into the half with a 31-15 lead under the leadership of Marcus Scarborough and CJ Kirchoff who led the Crusaders with 8 points a piece. HCA continued to cruise through the second half and closed out the game with a 65-48 victory. All of the Crusader players earned substantial playing time allowing the entire team to grow and develop their skills. Quate Mckinzie led the Crusaders with 17 points and was quickly followed by CJ Kirchoff who registered 16 points. Marcus Scarborough also made a major contribution to the Crusader scoring attack with 14 points.

Spencer Cooke boxes out his man in an effort to
get a rebound
The Crusaders continued to build on their success in their next game on Tuesday, January 13 at home against Parrott Academy. The Crusaders leaped out to a quick start once again and led 20-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Crusaders put their foot on the accelerator in the second quarter and extended their lead to 18 heading into the half with a 41-23. The balanced Crusader scoring attack was led by Donta Chavious who dropped 9 points in the first half. The Crusaders continued to add on to their lead in the second half thanks to the unselfish play of point guard Tyshii Scarborough who found multiple Crusader scorers. Quate Mckinzie threw down multiple dunks and recorded nearly 10 blocked shots in the Crusaders 75-50 victory over conference opponent Parrott Academy. The Crusaders finished the game with 4 players scoring in double figures. Quate Mckinzie registered his usual 17 points followed by senior Spencer Cooke who finished with 15 points. Donta Chavious, who has played his way into the starting lineup, finished with 13 points. CJ Kirchoff was on fire from beyond the arc where he registered all 12 of his points. The Crusaders look to improve on their 9-3 (3-0) record on Friday, January 16 as they travel to Fayetteville to take on Fayetteville Christian School.

HCA players celebrate after a narrow 47-46 victory over Cape Fear Academy
The Varsity Women entered their second game of conference play with a lot of confidence and energy. The Lady Crusaders faced off against talented opponent, Cape Fear Academy. The two top teams in the conference battled back and forth throughout the entire game. The Hurricanes edged a narrow 9-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Crusaders produced a second quarter surge and headed into the half with a 22-17 lead. Battling back and forth throughout the second half, the Crusaders found themselves trailing by 8 points in the early stages of the fourth quarter. The Crusaders fought back and cut the Hurricane lead to five with under a minute to play. Senior, Margaret Clark drained back to back three pointers to give HCA a narrow one point lead. Cape Fear came down the court and scored a quick basket to regain a one point lead. Mikaela Stroud was then fouled and swished two free throws to give the lead back to the Crusaders. The Lady Crusaders stellar did not allow a last second shot to secure a 47-46 victory over Cape Fear Academy.

The Lady Crusaders next matchup against Parrott Academy did not serve as much of a test for the Crusaders as in their previous game. HCA's focus on defense throughout the first half led to easy scoring opportunities on the other end of the floor. The Lady Crusaders headed into the half with a 19-5 lead. The Crusaders did not slow down in the second half and continued their success. The balanced attack by the Crusaders allowed them to cruise to a 39-16 victory over Parrott Academy. The Lady Crusaders improved to 10-1 (3-0) on the season with their convincing win over the Patriots. The Varsity women will be back in action on Friday, January 16 as they hit the road to take on Fayetteville Christian School.

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