Kellin Storer steals the ball and takes it home for an easy layup late in the fourth quarter. (HCP photos by Colin Ryan.)
Kellin Storer steals the ball and takes it home for an easy layup late in the fourth quarter. (HCP photos by Colin Ryan.)

By Colin Ryan
The Highland County Press

MILFORD – The Hillsboro Christian Academy Crusaders traveled to play the Milford Christian Academy Bulldogs for their first game of the season on Friday, Nov. 20.

The Lady Crusaders' varsity team defeated the Milford Lady Bulldogs, 42-18, led by Emma Rhonemus with 24 points, Elizabeth Stout with 10 points, Brynli Labig with six and Taylor Patton with two.

The Crusaders varsity boys team lost, 68-58, and were led by Lance Hainline and Zair Bourne with 11 points apiece, Kellin Storer with 10 and CJ Storer with eight.

The Lady Crusaders took an early lead in their game against the Lady Bulldogs. The low-scoring first quarter ended with a 6-3 lead for the Lady Crusaders, four points coming from Labig.

The Lady Crusaders came out in the second quarter firing on all cylinders and scored 14 points in the quarter. They held the Lady Bulldogs to only five points the entire first half.

The Lady Crusaders didn’t slow down on offense coming out of the half, scoring another 12 points in the third quarter, four from Stout and eight from Rhonemus.

HCA cruised to victory in the fourth quarter and gave their new coach, Mike Labig, his first victory.

“I’m extremely proud of their toughness and attention to detail," Coach Labig said of his new team. "I’m blessed to have dedicated assistant coaches, and I look forward to the rest of our season.”

The Lady Crusaders' next game will be Dec. 11 at Adams County Christian School.

Score by quarters

HCA – 06 20 32 42
MCA – 03 05 11 18

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• The Crusaders came out sluggish against the Bulldogs in the boys varsity game. The Bulldogs took an early lead as the Crusaders struggled to put together an offense.

The Crusaders did have a six-point swing in their favor from the 1:53 to 1:30 mark in the first quarter, with a two-point basket and a free throw by Jaden Henderson and a three-point basket by Hainline, making the score 16-11. The quarter ended in favor of the Bulldogs, 18-15.

The Crusaders tied the game early in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs pulled away. By the half, the Bulldogs were ahead, 32-25.

The third quarter saw an almost complete shutdown defensively by the Bulldogs as the Crusaders managed to score only four points for the entire quarter, two by Hainline and two by Dakota Bosier.

After three quarters, the Bulldogs led, 50-29.

Coach Tyler Rhodes brought in some players off the bench to start the fourth quarter. Brothers CJ and Kellin Storer came in and the Crusaders’ offense came alive. The Storers combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter, including four 3-point baskets.

The Crusaders pulled to within seven points of the Bulldogs halfway through the fourth quarter as they switched to a pressure defense.

Still, the Bulldogs kept their lead and the Crusaders fell just short of victory, despite scoring the same number of points in the fourth quarter as they had in the first three quarters of the game.

The Crusaders will take on Cozzadale Baptist Academy on Dec. 1 for their next game.

Score by quarters

HCA – 15 25 29 58?

MCA – 18 32 50 68