The Cleveland Christian Eagles traveled to Collegedale for their 2012 season opener and picked up wins in what turned out to be a pair of nail biters.
In the girls game, the Lady Crusaders took the early lead. Captain Abigail Wooden hit a buzzer beater to give the Crusaders a 10 point halftime lead.
After pulling out to a 15-point lead, the Lady Eagles battled back but fell short 38-31.
Coach John Thompson said “We are a very young team that showed a lot of promise tonight. I’m so proud of these girls for not giving up and for showing a lot of heart; it’s always a great feeling to win but even better to win the first SCAA (Southern Christian Athletic Association) game.”
Abigail Wooden led all scorers with 11 points followed by Acacia Thompson with eight points and four steals. Carrie Claypoole also scored eight for the Lady Crusaders. Jennifer Corbitt and Emily Sexton also added six points each.
In the boys game, the Crusaders and the Eagles went back and forth throughout the night before the Crusaders walked away with a 44-42 victory.
Xavier Jordan provided the highlights for the evening with 22 points. With 5.2 seconds left on the clock, Jordan got the Crusader rebound and the layup in what would be the game winner.
“The boys played well tonight,” said coach Larry Davis. “Good defense at the end of the game was the key to the win. Xavier’s play inside was real big. Bo Martin’s defense was also big down the stretch.”
Briar Lowe contributed eight points and three assists while Matthew Chambless had six points, two assists and two blocked shots. Also scoring for the Crusaders was Bo Martin with six points and Naaman Mowery with two. Matthew Mathis also had a blocked shot and a steal.
Both teams will be in action Friday night for their home openers against Dogwood Christian Academy starting at 6 p.m.
OMS still undefeated
The sixth-grade Ocoee Lady Colts basketball team stayed undefeated at 7-0 after victories over Cleveland Middle and Girls Preparatory School.
On Saturday, the Lady Colts jumped out to a 19-5 halftime lead against the Lady Raiders and cruised the rest of the way to a 34-9 victories over their crosstown rivals. The Blue and Gold were led by Abbey Davis with nine points. The point guard led the way on defense with numerous steals. Hannah Lombard and Madison Rue led the post area with six points each as the Lady Colts dominated the boards all day. Sarah Knipp also chipped in with six points, all coming in the first quarter, which was a key factor in the game. Kayleigh Hughes had three while Macy Nipper, Gracie Fowler and Anna Roberts had two points each.
On Monday, the Lady Colts got 11 points from Rue as Ocoee raced out to a huge 19-3 lead and finished off the Lady Bruisers 39-5.
Rue, Lombard, Hughes and Davis each had four points in the first quarter as they pressured the Lady Bruisers into numerous turnovers. Hughes finished with six while Roberts and Kendall Harris finished with four each. Knipp, Mary Humphries and Brittney Dilbeck finished off the scoring with two points each.
The Lady Colts will be back in action on Nov. 19 at Copper Basin at 4 pm.
Lady Bruins win close one
The sixth-grade Lady Bruins pulled out a close one on Tuesday night in Meigs County with a 27-22 win over the Lady Tigers.
Leading scorers for the Lady Bruins were Gracie Koger with nine points, McKenzie Truelove with five and Kyla Goins and Alexus Womac with four apiece. Allie Climer added three and Maddi McCracken chimed in with two.
The Lady Bruins will be back in action on Thursday night in a match up against Athens City Middle at Lake Forest. The girls game begins at 4:30 p.m. with the sixth-grade Bruins following at 5:30.
CMS wrestlers win invitational
The Cleveland Middle School wrestling team won the first-place team title at the Spring Station Invitational Tournament in Spring Hill.
The individual champions were Bryce Pond, Cody Mathews, Logan Whiteside, Austin Sweeney, Riley Stevison, Seth Garcia, Robert Anderson and Kevin Martinez.
Runners-up were Fide Galvan and Eddie Shalchick. Third-place finishers were Jayce Mullin, Joseph Bowers and Alec Binns. Dylan Jones finished in fourth place. Bryce Pond and Robert Anderson were also voted as the most outstanding wrestlers of the tournament.
Bruins, Tigers split
The Lake Forest Bruins hosted the Meigs County Tigers Tuesday night with each squad walking off the court with a win. The seventh-grade Bruins prevailed by a 41-15 score while the Tigers took a 49-40 decision in the eighth-grade contest.
The seventh-grade Bruins jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter and steadily pulled away for the win.
“This was our most complete game of the season, and it came at a good time as our schedule gets tougher from here,” said coach Cyle Herron.
Nicholas Bentley led the Bruin offense with 12 points, while Lemaric Tucker and Bailey Timmons added nine and seven points each. Devin Moore pulled down 10 rebounds with Timmons adding six caroms.
The eighth-grade Tigers held a 25-19 halftime lead and were able to hold off the Bruin comeback attempt. The Bruins cut the Tigers’ lead to two with 4:30 remaining in the game following a Silas Pippenger 3-pointer. The Bruins could never get any closer as the Tigers hit a pair of 3s of their own and converted 5-of-7 free throws down the stretch.
Ty Beavers paced the Bruins with 19 points and handed out three assists. Pippenger ended the night with five points while Trevor Cartwright and Jake Tolleson each added four points. Cartwright also dished out three assists.
“Our effort was good on the defensive end, but we have got to get a lot tougher on the boards; we gave up way to many second chance points,” said coach Andrew Nipper.
The Bruins will regroup before taking on the Ocoee Middle School Colts Tuesday.
Colts blast Chilhowee by 50
The Ocoee Middle sixth-grade Colts ripped the chords for 72 points Tuesday night for a 50-point victory over visiting Chilhowee Middle.
The Colt bench outscored the starters 37-35 as the team hit five 3-pointers and 29 deuces, plus held their opponents to just 12 points to improve their record to 9-0 on the season.
Lake Preston-Self led the victory with 14 points, while Kinsey Swallows helped out with 10. Tre Guilmenot pitched in with seven points and, while Hayden Ownbey carded a half dozen. Brenden O’Boyle cleaned the glass for five rebounds for the victors.
The Colt starters jumped out to a 22-2 lead to open the contest with stifling defense from Patton Ford, Jordan Munck, Isaiah Johnson, Tyler Ferguson and Freddy Johnson.
Ocoee Middle’s next game will be Monday at Copper Basin.