Colts fall to Lighthouse in overtime

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 12:59 AM

Crossroads Christian had the visitors right where they wanted them in Tuesday’s 54-47 loss: down three points, 25 feet from the basket, clock ticking down in regulation.

But Lighthouse Christian executed a pick and roll to perfection and Tyler Cole nailed a 3-pointer as time expired, sending the game to overtime tied a 42.

“We had a tough time regrouping after that,” said Crossroads coach Joseph Cooper.

Holden Hedgepeth sank a clutch 3-pointer for the Colts to knot the game at 47 with 1:09 to play in overtime.

Lighthouse responded with two free throws from James Champion before Kirk O’Steen nabbed a steal on the ensuing full-court press, leading to a reverse layup to put the Eagles up four.

Lighthouse iced the game at the free throw line from there.

“They definitely kept fighting,” Cooper said of Lighthouse. “They were down eight at the half. Somebody forgot to tell them that because they came out and fought hard, they competed all the way to the end. They worked harder than us, they wanted it more than we did.”

The Eagles’ first lead of the game came with 1:58 to play in overtime.

Crossroads held a 33-29 advantage entering the final period.

Lighthouse evened the game at 35 with 4:44 to go. That was the first time the score had been level since it was 2-2 in the early stages of the opening frame.

Crossroads’ Zach Reeves had his runner rim in with 20 seconds on the clock, giving the Colts the 42-39 lead.

“It was a good, solid screen. We should have switched it,” Cooper said of the last-second pick-and-pop play. “We had talked about it in the timeout, switching it. Unfortunately, we were sagged in too deep and we couldn’t get out there in time. It was a great shot.”

The Colts led by as many as eight points in the second quarter, taking a 23-15 lead into halftime. The Colts extended that lead to 10 by the five-minute mark of the third.

“It felt like we were up more than we were and I think that kind of lulled us into a false sense of security a little bit,” said Cooper.

Hedgepeth had a game-high 23 points to lead Crossroads, which dropped to 2-4 overall with the loss.

“He’s coming along offensively. You could see tonight really how much better he’s gotten from last year,” said Cooper. “He’s really looking to attack off the bounce and even create for others. The sky’s the limit for him, he can get a lot better from here.”

Cooper said Reeves is a better fit on the wing, but has performed well at point guard. The freshman finished with eight points Tuesday.

“He’s doing a great job,” said Cooper. “His scoring will come along as he gets more comfortable with learning our system.”
The Colts visit conference foe Community Christian on Friday.

                             1     2    3      4    OT   FINAL
LIGHTHOUSE      4    11   14   13   12    54
CROSSROADS   10   13   10   9     5     47

LIGHTHOUSE — James Champion 15, Kirk O’Steen 8, Nick Webb 2, Tim Dodson 12, Tyler Cole 10, Jack Noble 7
CROSSROADS — Holden Hedgepeth 23, Tyler Satterwhite 6, Ben Paul 2, Reid Sudheimer 2, Zach Reeves 8, Jack Ketchum 4, Jonah McClelland 2

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