The Lady Crusaders (2-5, 2-3 SCAA) took the court first, against the Lady Eagles, and fell behind early.
“It’s hard to lose at any expense but especially harder at home,” said coach Thompson after the 63-36 loss. “We just weren’t playing our game tonight and it showed early against a good Maryville team. The girls fought hard until the final buzzer.”
Acacia Thompson led the Crusaders with 15 points, five steals and a block. Carrie Claypoole and Emily Sexton each had six points, Jennifer Corbitt four and Abigail Wooden three.
In boys action it was a tale of two halves. The Crusaders (2-4, 2-2) missed several shots against a Maryville team that couldn’t miss and eventually fell 58-48. Coach Larry Davis said “The boys shot better during the second half and finished strong.”
Xavier Jordan had his second double-double of the year with 21 points and 20 rebounds. Matthew Chambless had a hot hand with 14 points, a blocked shot and three steals. Matthew Mathis was 2-for-2 from the 3-point line for six points. Bo Martin scored four points and Briar Lowe added two.
The Crusaders will take the court again Monday night against Rhea County Academy with middle school and varsity boys action, starting at 5 p.m.