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Evans, Grovetown fall to Cross Creek in Monterrey Christmas Tournament

Posted: January 1, 2014 - 1:10am
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It's a battle for the rebound as Cross Creek's Alana Davis (center) and Evans' Elyssa Melton (left) and Acacia Blue all get a hand on the ball. Photo by Jim Blaylock
It's a battle for the rebound as Cross Creek's Alana Davis (center) and Evans' Elyssa Melton (left) and Acacia Blue all get a hand on the ball. Photo by Jim Blaylock

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Cross Creek High School crashed the Columbia County party at the Evans High School Monterrey Christmas Tournament.

Richmond County’s Lady Razorbacks (10-1) from Region 3B-AAAA took the tournament title with a 50-39 win over Grovetown’s Lady Warriors in Saturday’s championship game.

The Lady Warriors (10-4) advanced to the finals of the three-day tournament with wins over Butler and Statesboro on Thursday and Friday, respectively. In Saturday’s loss, they were led by Alayah Canteen’s 11 points and 10 from Leah Ferguson.

To get to the finals, the Lady Razorbacks first had to get through host Evans on Friday night. The Lady Razorbacks got the best of the Lady Knights in a matchup of one-loss teams, winning 61-46.

The Lady Knights led 7-6 with 4:34 left in the first quarter then went through a drought lasting 7:11 broken by a Jasmine Stone 3-pointer at which point they trailed 21-10.

“We dug a little bit too big of a hole against a good team, and when you dig a big hole against a good team, you’ve got your work cut out for you,” said Lady Knights’ head coach Ryan Morningstar.

The Lady Razorbacks led 43-28 at halftime, but the Lady Knights started battling back and cut the lead to 45-37 with a Stone conventional three-point play with 5:32 to play. With a chance to cut the lead to five, a Stone 3-pointer went in and out and Lady Razorback freshman guard Nya Daniel banged a 3-pointer on the other end to stretch the lead back to 11 points, ending the Lady Knights’ rally.

While Daniel finished with 11 points, the Lady Knights couldn’t contain Ashleigh Outler, who scored 12 of her game-high 30 points in the third quarter.

Stone paced the Lady Knights with 16 points while McKenna Lawrence chipped in with 11 points.

The Lady Knights (8-2) rebounded on Saturday, finishing in third place. Leading by seven points heading into the fourth quarter, they held off Statesboro, 53-52, finishing in third.

Stone led the Lady Knights with 31 points and Autumn Johnson had 13.

CROSS CREEK 61,

EVANS 46

Cross Creek (61)-Nya Daniels 11, Ashleigh Outler 30, Myiah Nickerson, Valen Avery 2, Javia Grice 2, Keyana Wilson 2, Naomi Wilds 8, Alana Davis 6. Totals: 21 15-27 61.

Evans (46)-Jasmine Stone 16, Autumn Johnson 7, Acacia Blue 2, Tyra Dennis 2, Elyssa Melton 8, McKenna Lawrence 11. Totals: 17 8-13 46.

Cross Creek 15 12 16 18 – 61

Evans 07 11 10 18 – 46

3-point goals: Cross Creek 3 (Daniels 2, Outler 1); Evans 4 (Johnson 1, Stone 3).

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