Eagles roll, stay perfect in league play

Jan. 24, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

It all seems to be coming together for the Victory Christian girls basketball team.

Down a starting guard, the Eagles rolled to a 51-34 win Friday over Cornerstone Christian to stay unbeaten in the Christian Athletic Association of N.C. Conference.

“They’re playing good,” said Victory coach Brad Stevenson. “It’s coming together. I think they’ve got a good chance of going all the way. I don’t see why they wouldn’t.”

Allison Stell has been Victory’s go-to scorer since she was in middle school. The sophomore didn’t disappoint Friday, tallying a game-high 20 points that included a dominant third-quarter stretch.

Stell scored 16 of Victory’s 23 third-quarter points as the home team built a 44-22 advantage heading into the final period.

“She’s working outside now. She’s getting good at that,” said Stevenson. “She’s got the height, the size. She can work the ball inside. She’s really the go-getter.”

The Eagles led by as many as 26 points in the fourth as the reserves came on to finish the game. Cornerstone ended the game with a 10-1 run.

Victory controlled the paint thanks in large part to the play of Stell, Tayler Thompson and Kayla Alston. Alston finished with 13 points and Thompson had 12.

But the Eagles weren’t limited to the low blocks, knocking down three 3-pointers and a couple of other jumpers from distance.

Feeling comfortable in the post, Stevenson said extending range has been an emphasis in practice.

“We’re trying to get more of them to work it out because just about 90 percent of our effort is inside game,” said the Victory coach.

The Eagles return to the court Friday in a non-conference match at Crossroads Christian.

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