Handles

Crossroads Christian girls basketball player Justice Simmons dribbles the ball up the court against an Alamance HomeSchool defender during her team’s 52-14 loss on Tuesday evening.

HENDERSON — The Crossroads Christian girls basketball team took part in its first home game of the 2020-21 season on Tuesday evening, which resulted in a 52-14 loss to Alamance HomeSchool.

Interim head coach Cammy Simmons was proud that her players kept fighting throughout their matchup with Alamance, but attributed their struggles to the roster’s overall inexperience.

“They didn’t give up and they kept their spirits high,” Simmons said. “Even though we have three seniors, we are a very young team. This is a learning process for them and I think we have good things coming.”

The Colts initially held their own with Alamance in the opening quarter, but the team’s defense gradually broke down, enabling Alamance to build a 15-4 advantage.

CCS would only be limited to four points in the second quarter, as Alamance hit its stride on offense and drained one shot after another.

The visitors entered the locker room at halftime up by 20 points, while Simmons was left to figure out how to help her team regain its composure.

Despite a handful of excellent plays from eighth-grader Alex Simmons and a few others, CCS could not overcome the deficit that had accumulated against them and had to settle for its third loss of the year.

Coach Simmons believes that many of the underclassmen with the Crossroads girls basketball program are doing a solid job in holding their own with the senior class. But she added that the whole unit could function much better if her players make smarter decisions with the ball.

“Right now, we need to fix our ball handling,” Simmons said. “We lack a solid ball-handler and I’m asking a lot out of younger players to bring up the ball, and that is a lot to ask of them. However, ball handling needs to get better.”

Crossroads will stay at home for its next contest on Friday at 5:30 p.m. when it hosts United Faith Christian Academy.