2-3 For The Crusaders
Robert Toombs Christian Academy's basketball teams traveled to Savannah to take on the St. Andrew's Lions on Monday, January 18.
Girls vs. St. Andrew's
The Lady Crusaders lost to the Lady Lions 44-17. Top scorers for the Lady Crusaders were eighth graders Meredith Durden, with 7 points, and Kylie Acosta with 4 points. 'That was a tough loss for us while on the road. It was a holiday, so the girls were not on their normal routine and they came out flat. Junior Ellie Graham was not able to make the trip with us and that hurt us a little bit but I also have to give credit to St. Andrew's, as they have improved a lot since last year and shot well from the outside. A positive from Monday's game is that our two leading scorers were eighth graders, which shows me that my young players are beginning to step up to the plate and fill in the holes left by the seniors last year,' stat- continued from page
ed Jake Wilkinson, Lady Crusaders Head Basketball coach.
Boys vs. St. Andrew's
The Crusaders won against the Lions 60-48. The top scorers for the game were junior MK McBride with 19 points, senior Justin Walker with 18 points, and junior Tyler Buggs with 17 points. 'The guys came out slow in the first half and were actually down by eight at halftime. The guys played extremely well in the third quarter holding St. Andrew's to only two points to RTCA's 20 points for the quarter,' said Adam Callaway, Crusaders Head Basketball coach.
Girls vs. Twiggs
On Tuesday, the Crusader basketball teams hosted Twiggs Academy. The Lady Crusaders won 32-21. Leading scorers for the evening were freshmen Ansley Akins with 14 points, Rachel Threlkeld with 6 points and Emmie Davis with 2 points and 11 rebounds. Coach Wilkinson said, 'I am really proud of our girls, they came out ready to play and got a big region win. I wish we could have won by a bigger point margin but we made a few young mistakes but played great defense. Free throws are something we work on every day at practice, and we made five straight free throws late in the game to secure the win. Freshmen Ansley Akins and Rachel Threlkeld stepped up and shot the ball really well for us throughout the game since junior Ellie Graham has not been able to play and sophomore Amily Mixon is still not one hundred percent after her injury. I am very proud of these girls and excited for a win at home.'
Boys vs. Twiggs
The Crusaders also won against the Trojans 78-51. The top scorers for the game were junior MK McBride with 26 points, senior Justin Walker with 21 points, and freshman Hayden Kight with 14 points. Coach Callaway stated, 'This was the first Region game for us and we came out and played well all four quarters. Freshman Hayden Kight showed out big time scoring all 14 of his points in the third quarter.'
Boys vs. Memorial
On Friday, the Crusaders traveled to Savannah to take on Memorial Day School. The Crusaders came up short 76-67. The top scorers for the game were junior MK McBride with 23 points, junior Tyler Buggs with 15 points, and tied with 13 points were senior Justin Walker and sophomore JaShaun Powell. 'The guys came out slow in the first half and were down by 14 points. In the third quarter we were down by one point and then led by four points early in the fourth quarter. We made a couple of mistakes that led the Matadors to an 8-0 run and which allowed them to pull away. The officials were not on our side; however, the boys played really hard despite the fact,' said Coach Callaway.
This week RTCA hosted Citizzens Christian Academy on Monday after presstime and will be back in action on Saturday when the boys team travels to First Presbyterian Christian Academy at 4:00 p.m.