Lady Crusaders stay undefeated in CCC
Grace Christian's girls basketball squad jumped out to a big lead in the first half and went on to a 70-44 win over visiting Trinity Academy in a Carolina Christian Conference game Friday night.
The Lady Crusaders (18-3, 8-0), ranked No. 2 in the state in NCISAA 1A, led 23-11 after one period.
Anna Murr led Grace with 28 points, including 10 in the first quarter, along with five assists and four steals. Murr, a junior shooting guard, is averaging 23.1 points per game.
Brooke Strickland scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Alexis Ross had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Payton Winchell added seven points.
Kristi Demski led Trinity (8-6, 7-2) with 27 points and Katie Demski added 11 points.
"I am so proud of these young lades and what they have accomplished so far," said Grace Christian head coach Joel Murr.
"It is going to be fun watching them near the end of the season. We are playing at a very high level right now. This is the best start in school history and the girls are focused on reaching their goals. It truly is a blessing to coach them," Murr said.
The Lady Crusaders are at the midway point of CCC play and have a road trip to Cape Fear Christian on the slate Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Grace Christian beat CFCA 71-48 in November, early on in what's now 15 wins in the last 16 games for the Lady Crusaders.
Following a 110-88 loss at Community Christian earlier in the week, Grace Christian defeated Trinity Academy 63-49 Friday night at home.
The backcourt combo of Zach Boggs, who poured in 23 points, and point guard Mark Riches, who had 22 points and five assists, led the Crusaders (14-7, 5-3).
Center Fernando DePaz had six points and 10 rebounds. Robert Fulton had five points, five boards and four assists off the bench.
Alex Yager led Trinity Academy with 17 points.
Grace Christian led 20-12 after one period and opened it up to 38-21 by halftime.
The Crusaders will travel to Cape Fear Christian for a CCC game Tuesday at 8 p.m. Grace Christian won the first meeting this season with CFCA 64-56.