Lady Crusaders rout Community Christian

Jan. 14, 2014 @ 09:51 PM

Grace Christian's girls basketball squad kept rolling through Carolina Conference play Tuesday night, winning its fourth straight CCC game 78-36 over Community Christian.

All four Lady Crusader wins have been by 30 or more points. Just like Friday night in a blowout versus Crossroads Christian, Grace Christian, ranked fourth in the state in NCISAA 1A, dominated with its full-court pressing right from the start and the game was largely decided before the first quarter was through.

Grace Christian (15-2, 5-1) led 10-0 1:16 into the game. Alexis Ross and Anna Murr scored four points each in the run out of the gates. Ross kept turning steals into fast breaks, for her own hoops or for a dish to a teammate. The Lady Crusaders scored the first 16 points, then led 22-4, then 26-8 at the end of the first period. Ross had 12 points in the quarter.

Murr and Karinda Farrant did most of the scoring, while Ross added lots of other stats and solid play, Friday night. The roles switched up some, but the Lady Cruasders cruised all the same, with Ross attacking the basket whenever possible.

Ross had 18 points by halftime, with Murr adding 10, and Grace Christian led 45-13 at halftime.

The second half, with the Lady Crusaders calling off the full-court defense and playing time being spread around, was more back and forth.

Ross finished with 26 points, five steals and four assists. Murr, even on a quiet night shooting the ball by her standards, scored 17 points and got seven rebounds. Farrant had five points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Abby Strickland scored eight points for the Lady Crusaders. Madison Bolen and Torie Boyte scored six each.

Morgan Lane led the Lady Cyclones with 15 points including three three-pointers.

After playing three games in four nights last week, Tuesday started another such stretch for the Lady Crusaders. Grace Christian travels to Vandalia Christian Thursday evening, then Trinity Academy Friday evening.