Lady Crusaders finish great season in NACA tourney

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 07:58 PM

Grace Christian finished its outstanding girls basketball season in the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes) National Championship Tournament on Friday going 2-2 in the tournament for an overall mark of 32-6 this season.

The Lady Crusaders started on Wednesday with a 55-47 comeback win over Virginia's Three Point Line Sports Christian School. Anna Murr scored 29 points, including six three-pointers in the victory. Alexis Ross had 13 points and Brooke Strickland had 11 points.

Grace Christian took the court twice Thursday, falling 86-64 to Potters House of Jacksonville, Fla. and 53-48 to Riverdale of Upper Marlboro, Md.

Murr poured in 28 points and Strickland scored 24 points against Potters House. Murr had 22 points and Strickland scored 18 against Riverdale.

The Lady Crusaders finished their season with a victory in a consolation game on Friday, beating Faith Christian of Fredericksburg, Va. 67-59. Strickland, a senior, led Grace with 22 points. Ross, a freshman point guard, scored 21 points and Murr, a junior, added 17 points.

Murr and Strickland earned NCISAA All-State honors this season as the Lady Crusaders won the Carolina Christian Conference season and tournament titles before finishing runner-up in the NCISAA 1A State Tournament. They both earned NACA all-tournament team honors.

"This was such a special team," said head coach Joel Murr. "The girls played so hard and so well together. This team will go down in the history of our basketball program as one of the best and I was blessed to be able to coach such a fine group of girls."