The Lady Crusaders of Cleveland Christian hosted Collegedale Academy in the opening round of the Southern Christian Athletic Association season ending tournament Thursday evening.
After a slow first half, the Crusaders made some adjustments and came out strong for the second half.
Jennifer Corbitt and Abigail Wooden dominated down low and Acacia Thompson played strong to give them the 49-34 win.
Thompson had her 11th double-double of the season with 14 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and six steals. Joining Thompson with her fourth double-double was Corbitt with 19 points, three assists and 12 rebounds. Wooden put up some good numbers with eight points and 16 rebounds.
Rounding out the scoring was Carrie Claypoole with six points and Emily Sexton with two points.
“Hopefully we can keep this momentum going as we approach round two of the tournament and finish up this Cinderella season,” said Cleveland Christian coach John Thompson.
The Lady Crusaders play Maryville Christian in the semi-finals at 6 p.m. Monday at the Rossville Recreation Center.
The Crusaders traveled to Maryville Christian to take on the Eagles in Thursday’s opener. It was a battle from the opening tip, but the Crusaders came up short in the end, losing 60-48.
“It's always hard to close out the season with a loss, but turnovers in the last 4 minutes of the game really hurt. The boys played hard and I'm proud,” coach Larry Davis remarked after the game.
Xavier Jordan closed out the season with his 12th double-double of the season, with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Matthew Chambless finished with six points, four blocked shots, two steals and three rebounds.
Chris Reynolds put in nine points, Bo Martin added eight points, and Briar Lowe had two points.
TCPS downs Knox Christian
Also on Thursday in the SCAA Tournament, the Tennessee Christian Preparatory Lady Hawks beat Knoxville Christian with a final score of 73-30.
Neeley Benton led the Lady Hawks to victory, scoring 32 points, with Merritt Jenkins following closely behind with 20 points scored.
The SCAA Tournament continues through this week.