CCS drops pair to GCA
The Crusaders of Cleveland Christian played host to Georgia Cumberland Academy Thursday night with GCA walking away with wins in both contests. Georgia Christian took the girls game by a score of 43-27 and followed up with a 57-31 win in the boys game.
In early action, the Lady Crusaders kept their game close until the last quarter. Coach John Thompson said after the game, "The girls played their hearts out and left it all on the court tonight. We're going to take the weekend and heal up a bit after two tough games this week. Junior Kelsey Farris went out early in the game and we missed her play inside, but Savannah Morgan and Jennifer Corbitt stepped in and played well."
Carrie Claypoole led the Crusaders with seven points and a steal. Acacia Thompson had six points, two blocks and five steals. Emily Sexton also had six points. Senior Abigail Wooden scored five and Jennifer Corbitt tossed in three.
The Lady Crusaders travel to SCAA opponent Oakwood Christian in Chickamauga, Ga., Tuesday for a 5:15 start time.
In Boys action, Georgia Cumberland took an early lead and controlled the pace the rest of the game pulling out the victory against the Crusaders.
"We need to control the ball a little better, too many turnovers tonight really hurt us," said coach Davis. "Georgia Cumberland has another good team as usual, but we could help ourselves out by hitting shots and free throws."
Xavier Jordan led the Crusaders with 11 points, three blocks, and a steal. Naaman Mowery had nine and Briar Lowe followed up with five points, a block, and two steals. Bo Martin scored for the Crusaders while Matthew Mathis added two points.
Both teams are now 2-2 and travel to Copper Basin Dec. 6 for nonconference action.
Raiders run away with victory
Thursday night the Cleveland Middle School Raiders faced off against Cherokee Middle School in some eighth-grade basketball action.
Cleveland ran away with a 50-23 victory to improve the young season’s record to 2-2.
Jashawn Hill led scoring with 15 points. Spencer Goode also had a big night for CMS with eight points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks.
Tuesday night the team took on Rhea Central for their other victory. They won by a score of 53-31.
Goode led Tuesday night’s scoring with 18 points. Raquan Dodd contributed nine to the effort.
CMS wrestlers win tri-match
The Cleveland Middle School wrestling team defeated Baylor 60-21 and Notre Dame 57-18 on Thursday night.
The Blue Raiders were led by Bryce Pond, Cody Mathews, Logan Whiteside, Austin Sweeney, Marquel Scott, Riley Stevison, Dylan Liner, Seth Garcia, Robert Anderson, and Eddie Shalchick in their victory over the Baylor Red Raiders. Joseph Bowers, Alec Binns, Dylan Liner, Robert Anderson, and Eddie Shalchick led the Blue Raiders to the win over Notre Dame.
Cleveland Middle School will be hosting the Raider Rumble Dual Tournament Saturday with wrestling starting at 9 a.m. Alcoa, Baylor, Cleveland, Cookeville, Lafayette, Lake Forest, Rhea Central, Sonoraville, Spring Station, Tullahoma, Westside, and William Blount will all battle it out for the championship.
Colts get tough win
The sixth-grade Ocoee Middle School Colts went south, down Interstate 75, to Dalton, Ga., to do battle with the talented and tall Westside Middle Rockets seventh-grade team.
They came back across the border with a hard-fought 35-34 win.
Tyler Ferguson scored 15 points and was a “beast on the boards” according to assistant coach Tanner Coates, against a much taller and stronger quintet.
The Colts only played five players the entire game. Their relentless full-court press and unselfish passing were keys to winning the tight contest.
The scoring for the rest of the team was led by Isaiah Johnson who netted seven points but mainly featured hustle defense. Patton Fordy added six points; Lorenzo White had five points and a number of tough rebounds. Jordan Munck rounded out scoring with a pair of points, plus numerous steals and assists.
The next game is Saturday at 11 a.m. at home against crosstown rival Lake Forest Middle.