Hillsboro Christian Academy's Lance Hainline (35) goes up for the block against Cody Chandler (01). (HCP photos by Colin Ryan.)
Hillsboro Christian Academy's Lance Hainline (35) goes up for the block against Cody Chandler (01). (HCP photos by Colin Ryan.)
By Colin Ryan
The Highland County Press

The Hillsboro Christian Academy Crusaders played host to the Cozzadale Baptist Academy Chargers in their home opener Tuesday, Jan. 12. The Crusaders defeated the Chargers by a score of 65-21.

The Crusaders came off an impressive victory against Germantown Christian School in which four separate players scored in double digits, including Lance Hainline who finished the game with a double-double.

Leading the Crusaders in points were Zair Bourne with 19, Lance Hainline with 12 and Kellin Storer with eight. The Chargers were led by Jon Chitham with nine points and Ethan Sommer with five.

The Crusaders came out slow to the start the game offensively. The Chargers’ defense held strong through the first four minutes of the opening quarter, forcing turnovers by the Crusaders. The Crusaders’ defense led to points, however, as they pressured the ball in the front court.

Several Crusaders scored in the opening quarter, including Bourne, Hainline, Dakota Bosier, Tyler Tripp, Landon Bravo and Kaden Harper.

The Chargers had no answer for the Crusaders' defense in the second quarter as the Crusaders held them scoreless. Meanwhile, on offense, Bourne scored eight of his 19 points on the night, including two 3-point plays – one the old-fashioned way. The defense forced several turnovers which they turned into points, including four by Tripp who had two breakaway layups in the quarter.

The Chargers came back in the third quarter, scoring nine points. The Crusaders’ offense ran away with the game, however, as they added another 15 points in the period.

Bourne and Hainline hooked up a few times in the quarter before being replaced by the Storer brothers, Kellin and CJ. The Storer brothers combined for seven points in the third quarter, coming in off the bench.

Tyler Tomera came in off the bench in the fourth and scored four of his six points in the quarter. The Storer brothers continued to dominate offensively, adding another seven points to their respective totals.

The final basket of the game for the Crusaders came from senior Klay Robb, who made a layup on a fast-break off a turnover by the Chargers.

The Crusaders will take on Fayette Christian School on Friday, Jan. 15 at home.

Score by quarters

CBA – 07 00 09 05 – 21
HCA – 16 21 15 13 – 65