Crusaders earn All-CCC basketball honors

Feb. 13, 2014 @ 02:53 PM
Grace Christian senior Anna Murr earned a spot on the Carolina Christian Conference's all-conference girls basketball team for the fourth consecutive season as the conference's regular season concluded last week with the Lady Crusaders (22-2, 9-1) and Northwood Temple sharing the CCC championship. 
Senior Karinda Farrant and sophomore Alexis Ross made the all-conference second team. 
On the boys' side for the Crusaders, sophomore guard Zach Boggs made first-team All-CCC. 
Anna Murr is nearing 3,000 points in her Lady Crusader career and is the school's all-time leading scorer by more than a full season's worth of points as she became the record-holder about midway through her junior season. 
She's averaging 21.5 points per game on the season with 65 three-pointers, 4.8 rebounds a game and 2.5 assists a game. 
Farrant, a senior and an Australian exchange student spending this school year at Grace Christian, plays anywhere from point guard to the center for the Lady Crusaders on the defensive end, and is averaging 13.0 points, 7.4 steals, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.4 blocked shots per game. 
Ross, a sophomore guard/forward, made the all-conference team for the second time. She's averaging 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.5 assists a game. 
"These three are a special group of girls. They have worked extremely hard to improve their individual games and certainly are deserving of these accolades," said Grace Christian head coach, and Anna's father, Joel Murr. 
"None of them were that excited about it because all of them put their team first.  That’s what is so extraordinary about them," he said.
The Crusaders are 13-11 through the regular season and finished fourth in the CCC. 
"These young men have fought hard this year to be where we are sitting right now," said Joel Murr, also the boys team's head coach. "I am so proud of the way they have battled through a coaching change and some injuries this year to be near the top of the conference."
The CCC Tournament was slated for this week. Only Monday's first-round games have been played. The NCISAA 1A State Tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday with rounds also on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.