Lady Crusaders complete 3-0 week

Jan. 10, 2014 @ 10:21 PM

Grace Christian's girls basketball team made it a perfect, 3-for-3 week Friday night. The Lady Crusaders rolled to their third easy Carolina Christian Conference win of the week, routing Crossroads Christian 70-17 in Grace Christian's first home game in four weeks.

Already with road victories at Cresset Christian and at Neuse Christian, the CCC wins were a good part of the Crusader week, but not the most important.

This week and part of next week is exam period at Grace Christian. The Lady Crusaders (14-2, 4-1) and Crusaders, who topped the Crossroads Colts 81-66 later in the evening, got to let off some of the academic stress on the court.

There was nothing difficult about the Lady Crusader night. Led by Karinda Farrant knocking down two threes and multiple steals by Farrant and Alexis Ross as the Lady Crusaders pressed Crossroads into mistakes, the Lady Crusaders led 10-0 3:15 into the game.

Running on Lady Colt turnovers, Ross dished assists to Farrant and Abby Strickland, taking the lead to 15-2 a little more than four minutes into the game.

Anna Murr's shooting added to the attack, as she had two three-pointers and eight points in the first eight minutes and Grace Christian led 22-4 after one quarter.

Murr, a senior wing who became Grace Christian's all-time leading scorer partway through her junior season, had 14 points in the first half and finished with 22 points and four steals.

Farrant had triple-doubles versus Cresset Christian and Neuse Christian. She tallied 20 points, 13 steals, six assists and five rebounds in the third game of the week.

Farrant's defense sparks a lot of the Lady Crusader scoring. Even when the Lady Crusaders pulled their press off, which was most of the last three quarters Friday night, Farrant was a one-guard press between midcourt and the top of the key.

"She is so good," said Grace Christian head coach Joel Murr. "She kind of lulls people to sleep I think, but then she's so quick.

"She's definitely making us a better team," he said.

Ross tallied eight points, eight steals, seven rebounds and seven assists. Madison Bolen added seven points and Strickland had five rebounds.

Ross, who was Grace's main point guard last season as a freshman, has moved to shooting guard while Anna Murr is at the three position said coach Murr. No matter what slots they're in, the Lady Crusaders have three players who can take over games in lots of ways. Grace Christian is ranked fourth in the NCISAA 1A state poll.

"I think we're on our way to becoming a pretty good team, a team that can contend for a state championship and that's our goal of course," said coach Murr.

The Lady Crusaders face three games in four nights again this coming week, starting with a CCC game at home versus Community Christian at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.