RTCA Plays At Brentwood
Robert Toombs Christian Academy's Varsity Girls basketball team competed in the Brentwood Holiday Tournament on December 28 and 29. vs. JMA
The Lady Crusaders competed against AAA John Milledge Academy and AA Piedmont Academy. Both of these teams were in the Final 4 last year and are sitting at the top of AAA and AA rankings for this year.
The Lady Crusaders fought a tough game but came up short right at the end to JMA 35-32. Top scorers for the game were sophomore Bree Wimberly with 18 points, sophomore Ansley Akins with 6 points, and junior Mary-Claire Wolfe with 4 points.
Here's what Head Coach Jacob Wilkinson has to say about the game against JMA, 'After our last game against CCA, we improved so much that I was excited to see us get back out there and compete against the top teams in GISA. We knew this was going to be a tough game being that JMA was 6-1. They have great size down low and a great shooter.
'Our game plan was to have freshman Kylie Acosta, senior Ellie Graham, and junior Mary-Claire Wolfe rotate shutting her down. Freshman Meredith Durden and sophomore Emmie Davis did an awesome job controlling the glass, and our defense came ready to play only giving up 35 points to a team who averages 56 a game.
'The game was back and forth, and after falling behind early on we had the lead at halftime. Sophomores Bree Wimberly, Ansley Akins, and junior Mary-Claire Wolfe stepped up and hit a few big shots throughout the game. JMA hit a shot with eight seconds left in the game to take a two point lead. We were able to get a good shot off at the end of the game but it didn't fall. However, I am so proud of how well we fought and competed against this AAA school.' continued from page
The Lady Crusaders then played Piedmont the following day but were defeated with a final score of 45-25. Top scorers for the game were sophomore Wimberly with 13 points, freshman Acosta with 4 points, and freshman Durden with 3 points.
'When making the schedule this year, we knew this game would be a big one. Piedmont was in the Final Four last year, and as a coach, I wanted to see where we stood early in the year. The outcome wasn't what we wanted, but I feel if we see them again, we can do a lot better with more time to work. 'We never quit playing hard, even after two games back to back and only one practice during the Christmas break.
'We are a young team and we are constantly getting better. We just need to find a way to score easier and that's on me as a coach. Sophomore Bree Wimberly stepped up again offensively, and senior Ellie Graham and freshman Kylie Acosta did a great job defensively working one of the best players in AA.
'Like I've already mentioned, the score was not where we wanted it to be, but we are constantly making changes and getting better and that's all I can ask from these girls,' said Head Coach Jacob Wilkinson.