Crossroads wins tourney play-in game over Lee Christian
Monday’s 1-A Carolina Christian Conference Tournament play-in game win over Lee Christian showed Crossroads Christian Joseph Cooper his program is headed in the right direction.
The Colts won 69-37, earning an away date at top-seeded Northwood Temple Academy Tuesday.
“I thought it was a good game for us to close out (at least our home game season),” said Cooper. “This was the last time our home fans were going to see us. It’s really showing how far we’re coming. We’re clearly beating some conference teams now where we hadn’t won a conference game in a couple of years before. Now this is our third conference win this year.”
Zach Reeves and Holden Hedgepeth put on a shooting clinic for Crossroads in the second half. Reeves had three second half 3-pointers and led the team with 23 points while Hedgepeth knocked down four second half 3s to finish with 21 points. Hedgepeth scored 18 of those in the second.
“I wish they would have held on to some of that for (Tuesday). Holden, especially,” said Cooper. “I had sent Jonah (McClelland) up to the table to get him with about four and a half to go. He must have heard me because he scored about eight or 10 in that one or two minutes.
“He wanted to get his damage done and get on the bench I guess. Zach finally started hitting some layups. He’s just such a threat off the ball creating his own shot or creating for others.”
Reid Sudheimer added 16 points for Crossroads, which led 28-15 at halftime and 43-25 entering the fourth quarter.
The Colts lost their previous meeting to Northwood Temple, 84-59. The Eagles have three players 6-foot-9 or taller including N.C. State target Sidy Mohamed Djitte.
“Honestly, I’m pretty concerned about their guards as well,” said Cooper. “Just end to end, they’re so quick — with and without the ball. It’s really important that we get back in transition and stop the ball, make their shots as tough as we can.”
“Their length and their speed with their guards is always a concern,” added Cooper. “Hopefully we’ll be able to stay in front of them and make their catches tough.”
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