Crossroads continues to make progress

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

It’s all about taking steps forward for coach Joseph Cooper and the Crossroads Christian boys basketball program.

Crossroads had three wins in Cooper’s first season as head coach before a six-win campaign last season. The upward trend has continued this season and the Colts claimed their 13th win Friday for Homecoming against Victory Christian.

The Colts got the 85-46 victory with country recording artist Jason Michael Carroll looking on in the stands. Carroll grew up in Franklin County and his children attend Crossroads. His national anthem before the varsity boys contest drew a rousing ovation in the crowded Crossroads gym.

“Our conference is so difficult, it’s good to have a non-conference game especially in this environment,” said Cooper. “So many people don’t get to experience an environment like this with it packed out on both sides. Homecoming game, Jason Michael Carroll does the national anthem, we wanted to take a step forward tonight. As a program, getting that 13th win is big.”

Every win is a step forward for the Colts. Senior Holden Hedgepeth has been progressing too. He scored 29 points in three quarters of action Friday including a trio of two-handed flushes on fastbreaks.

Hedgepeth had three dunks on the entire season entering Friday’s game.

“At this point in the season, each game is getting bigger and he seems to be rising to the occasion,” said Cooper.

Zack Norris scored 16 points for Crossroads, Reid Sudheimer had 13 and the Colts bench chipped in with 24 points.

Victory Christian was led by Austin Abbott’s 19 points and Christian Bowes had 15.

The Eagles were a tough opponent early on, matching the home side through much of the first quarter.

Sudheimer finished off a Conner Bryant pass with a layup to beat the first quarter buzzer and it was all Crossroads from there.

The Colts led 46-30 at halftime and 64-39 entering the fourth.

“We hadn’t practiced all week but hey, they hadn’t either,” said Victory coach Rev. Ricky Easter. “That’s not really an excuse. We just didn’t really show up to play tonight. We couldn’t make the passes. We couldn’t work the ball like we needed to work it.”

Victory visits Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf on Thursday while Crossroads prepares for a four-game week that starts Monday at home, back in conference against Cresset Christian.

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