Hayes nets 17, Colts top Northwood Temple

Feb. 05, 2013 @ 04:16 PM

She’s almost there.

Jessi Hayes is 23 points shy of 1,000 career points at Crossroads Christian after the senior tallied 17 in Monday night’s 48-28 win over Northwood Temple Academy of Fayetteville.

Hayes had 10 rebounds and nine assists to go along with the 17 points. The Colts host Community Christian Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

Hayes is averaging close to 20 points per game this season and about 25 in the last six games.

“She’s a great player,” said Crossroads coach Dana LaBerge. “She’s attacking the basket well. She’s finally hitting her 3-pointers — that helps out too.”

Crossroads led 18-15 at halftime and 33-17 after three quarters. Hayes started the fourth with three consecutive assists to Sullivan Smith and Lizzy Long.

Milica Todosijevic scored all but three of the Eagles’ points. The junior, measuring in at about 6-foot-4, had scored every Northwood Temple point until 2:25 to play in the fourth quarter.

Todosijevic was Northwood Temple’s primary ballhandler and especially dangerous catching the ball at the high post, capable of knocking down a shot or dribbling to the basket.

“One on one, there’s no way (to defender her),” said LaBerge. “So we put our quickest defenders on her and their goal was to keep her in front. Everyone else had permission to leave their man and come help as soon as she got around.”

“Once they figured out they had to fake high and bounce pass, they were able to do a little better,” LaBerge added.

Smith, Caroline May and Michaela Nicholas each finished with eight points for Crossroads.

Crossroads is 4-7 in league play. The Colts lost a game last week by three points and another by two against Cresset Christian, which had only one conference defeat.

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