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Hillsboro Christian Academy wins two at home

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Hillsboro Christian Academy’s five senior boys (l-r) Edward Rhonemus, Bryson Willey, Kellin Storer, Aidan Young and Jacob Crusie play defense against the Eagles in the third quarter. (HCP Photos/Colin Ryan)
Colin Ryan, The Highland County Press

HILLSBORO — The Hillsboro Christian Academy Crusaders and Lady Crusaders defeated Adams County Christian School in two varsity home games. The Crusaders set a new school record for points in a game against the ACCS Eagles with a final score of 84-49. The Lady Crusaders won their second game of the season against the ACCS Lady Eagles with a final score of 38-34.

The Crusaders were led in scoring by Bryson Willey with 25 points, as he came off a school-record performance against Liberty Bible Academy with 43 points. Connor Henderson followed with 14 points, and Kellin Storer scored 11 points. Storer finished the game with a triple-double with 11 points, 10 assists and 10 steals. Josiah Kennedy and Jed Shivener led the Eagles in scoring with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The Crusaders started the game with only a two-point lead over the Eagles, 16-14. Willey and Henderson led the way for the Crusaders, combining for nine points in the opening quarter. Storer made his one three-point basket of the game in the first quarter. Senior Edward Rhonemus and junior Joshua Baggs each added two points for the Crusaders as well.

The Crusaders’ best quarter offensively was the second quarter as they scored 33 points. Sophomore Titus Howsman scored seven points in the second quarter for the Crusaders to lead the way. Henderson scored six points in the second quarter, as did Hayden Tong, who came in off the bench. Willey scored five points with Storer scoring four more points in the second quarter. Baggs scored two more, and sophomore Jonah Brannon went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. The Crusaders went into the half ahead 49-28.

Willey scored another seven points in the third quarter for the Crusaders. Storer scored his final four points of the game in the third quarter. Henderson and senior Aidan Young scored two points each to help give the Crusaders a 64-34 lead.

The Crusaders finished the game with 20 points in the fourth quarter with Willey leading the way with eight points. Baggs added four points to his total, giving him eight for the game. Brannon, Howsman, Tong and senior Jacob Crusie each scored two points to give the Crusaders the 84-49 win.

The Lady Crusaders were led in scoring by Lisa VanZant with 18 points and Emma Korte with seven points.

The Lady Crusaders and Lady Eagles each scored 11 points in the opening quarter. VanZant led the way for the Lady Crusaders with nine points, and Zayla Bourne scored the other two points.

Sophomore Annie Henderson scored three points for the Lady Crusaders in the second quarter, with VanZant and Kari Flowers each scoring two points. The Lady Crusaders went into the half ahead 18-17.

VanZant and Korte combined for the eight points scored in the third quarter. The Lady Crusaders were ahead by two points going into the final quarter.

The Lady Crusaders lost the lead in the fourth quarter, falling behind 30-28. The Lady Crusaders managed to come back from this deficit and take a lead off of four points by Korte. A three-point basket from Henderson and Flowers gave the Lady Crusaders a 38-34 lead which they held onto for the remainder of the game.

Both HCA varsity teams will take part in their first league tournament Feb. 2 and 3 at Fayette Christian School.