Annie Henderson puts up two points for the Hillsboro Christian Academy Lady Crusaders after getting the offensive rebound. (HCP photos by Colin Ryan.)
Annie Henderson puts up two points for the Hillsboro Christian Academy Lady Crusaders after getting the offensive rebound. (HCP photos by Colin Ryan.)
By Colin Ryan
The Highland County Press

The Hillsboro Christian Academy Crusaders hosted the Fayette Christian School Crusaders in a pair of varsity home games Friday, Jan. 15. Hillsboro Christian Academy lost both games – 35-19 in the varsity girls game, and 35-22 in the varsity boys game.

Leading scorers for the HCA Lady Crusaders were Emma Rhonemus with 13 points, Annie Henderson with four, and Brynli Labig with two. Fayette Christian School’s Lady Crusaders were led by Makenna Granger with 15, Katelynn Crichton with 12, and Emily Baker with six.

Leading scorers for the HCA Crusaders were Zair Bourne with eight points, and Landon Bravo with seven. Leading scorers for the FCS Crusaders were Brady Bumpus with 13 points, and Justin Wines with nine.

The HCA Lady Crusaders struggled to put points on the board in the first half, posting only one point for the first two quarters. Their defense held up fortunately, only giving up 16 points. Coach Mike Labig made halftime adjustments which made it a more completive game in the second half.

The third quarter saw the most offense for HCA’s Lady Crusaders as they posted 11 points. Rhonemus scored nine of her 13 points in the third quarter, with two assists coming from teammate Brynli Labig. FCS continued to work well on offense as well, however, and maintained a sturdy 17-point lead going into the final quarter.

The game slowed in the fourth quarter for both teams. The FCS Lady Crusaders slowed the tempo of the game offensively, working the ball around. Meanwhile, the HCA Lady Crusaders continued to push themselves to make a comeback. Seventh-grader Henderson fought hard in the post, scoring four points, including two with an offensive put-back.

HCA will take on Sugar Creek Christian on Jan. 22 at home for their next game.

Score by quarters

FCS – 09 07 13 06 – 35
HCA – 01 00 11 07 – 19

The Hillsboro Christian Academy Crusaders also came out slow offensively, which was uncharacteristic from their previous two games. The Crusaders posted 11 first-half points, while FCS put up 23.

Bravo scored four points for HCA in the first half, with Bourne, Tyler Tripp and Kaden Harper each supplying two.

A full-court press helped the HCA Crusaders defensively coming out in the third quarter, forcing several turnovers in the second half. Unfortunately for HCA, they were unable to convert on the offensive end of the court. Several missed layups in transition cost the HCA Crusaders a chance at bringing the game to within two points.

Brothers CJ and Kellin Storer provided HCA with great defense off the bench. Bourne and Bravo each made a 3-point basket in the second half, but the offense couldn't get untracked.

The HCA Crusaders will look to bounce back against Sugar Creek Christian on Jan. 22.

Score by quarters

FCS – 14 09 02 10 – 35
HCA – 07 04 08 03 – 22