ACA Girls’ Basketball Falls in Battle of WNC Best

ACA player Raishaun Brown.

It’s been nine years since the ACA girls’ basketball team defeated Carolina Day School on the hardwood. The Wildcats have run off seven consecutive state titles and have dominated WNC basketball over the last decade. The Lions entered last week’s highly anticipated matchup with a 14-0 record and the best start in school history.

The Lions hang their hat on great pressure defense and scoring easy buckets in transition thanks to their ability to create turnovers.  Against Carolina Day, the Wildcats managed to handle the ACA pressure and consistently took high percentage shots.  The Lions found themselves playing out of their typical game plan.  They took a total of 22 three-point shot attempts making only four for the game.

The Lions never held a meaningful lead but did manage to keep the game close trailing by as few as five points in the fourth quarter. Carolina Day closed the Lions out with a 49-41 hard fought win.  Senior Emma Newton was the only Lion in double figures. She scored 14 points.

After their first loss of the year, the Lions rebounded the following day by defeating Caldwell Academy 50-33.  Seniors Braelynn Whiteside and Maleeah Langstaff both scored 10 points in the Lion victory.

The Lion girls team is currently 15-1 overall with their only game this week on the road at Spartanburg Day School.

The Lion boys team faced off in their own rivalry game against the Wildcats in an electric atmosphere in Nash gymnasium at Carolina Day.  ACA trailed 13-8 to start the game but closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 17-13.  The Lions pushed the lead to 8 points in the closing minutes of the first half but went on a 7-0 spurt in the final minute highlighted by a three pointer and late steal and layup by Raishaun Brown.

The Lions extended the lead in the second half and comfortably won 82-56.  Junior Caleb Mills led the way against the Wildcats with 25 points.

The boys team followed the girls win against Caldwell with an 84-63 win of their own.  The Lions are now 12-4 overall on the season and face off against Christ School and Spartanburg Day this week.

By Jonathan Bennett