Crossroads girls win close one; boys fall to Patriots

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 09:51 PM

The Crossroads Christian varsity girls defeated St. Thomas More Academy of Raleigh 32-30 in the consolation game of the Chick-fil-A Holiday Hoops Invitational at KVA, while the Colts boys fell to Franklin Academy, 68-44.

Jessi Hayes broke a tie at 30 for the Crossroads girls with two free throws with 12 seconds left in the game.

St. Thomas More didn’t get a shot off on its final possession as Ashton Hayes came up with a steal at the buzzer for the Colts.

“We’ve got a long ways to go,” said Crossroads coach Dana LaBerge. “We did some good things which is always good to see. We’re looking forward to having these practices over the break, trying to get these things fixed.”

“No matter what it looks like, it still goes down as a ‘W,’ we’re grateful for that,” LaBerge added.

Hayes, an all-tournament team selection, led the Colts (4-7) with 19 points after an 11-point outing in Friday’s 28-22 loss to KVA.

“She’s really coming along,” said LaBerge. “She’s doing great in our defense, getting some steals and some easy buckets. She’s attacking the basket pretty well.”

Sullivan Smith had five points for the Colts and Caroline May, Michaela Nicholas and Hayes each had two.

Crossroads boys coach Joseph Cooper said Franklin Academy played much better Saturday than in its loss to St. Thomas More Friday.

“We weren’t able to pressure them the same way,” said Cooper. “They got comfortable and settled in.”

The Colts got off to a good start with three 3-pointers from Holden Hedgepeth. who finished with 11 points.

Crossroads (2-6) led 15-14 after the first quarter and trailed 35-20 at halftime.

Cooper said the Patriots’ switch from a 2-3 zone defense to a 3-2 gave his team some trouble.

“We left a lot out there offensively, missed a ton of layups, free throws,” said Cooper.

Freshman point guard Zach Reeves led the Colts with 19 points and was selected to the all-tournament team after a 17-point performance Friday.

“He’s getting a lot of responsibility thrown his way,” Cooper said. “Not just offensively and defensively, but leading the team and getting other guys up for games, being the head coach on the floor.”

Reid Sudheimer had 10 for Crossroads and Jonah Mclelland added four.

The Crossroads boys and girls teams return to action Jan. 8 at Cape Fear Christian.

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