The Asheville Christian Academy girls basketball team knocked off the visitors from High Point Christian last week and, in so doing, supplanted themselves as the favorites to win the 3A private school state title. The Lions jumped out to a 14-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and steadily increased their lead throughout. The Cougars from High Point were never able to make a serious threat and fell to the host team 59-39.
Leading the way for the Lions was Nandhi Smith, who scored 18 points and nabbed five steals. Caroline Sikkink added 14 points while Katie Alexander finished with 13 points, six steals, and eight rebounds. Caroline Condra chipped in 12 points for the Lions. The win pushed the Lions record to 16-4 overall and saw them maintain their overall number one ranking in the 3A division. ACA is up to 44th ranked spot in the overall North Carolina state rankings. This week the Lions are on the road three times with games against Cherokee High School, Forsyth Country Day and Wesleyan Christian Academy.
In the boys game against High Point Christian, the Lions managed a slim one-point lead at the halftime break but a strong defensive performance in the second half led to several easy, fast-break opportunities which eventually extended the lead to thirteen points. The Lions closed out the Cougars 76-64. Tyler McKinney led the Lions with 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Max Rogers poured in 17 points while Solomon Todd added 13 points.
The Lions currently stands at 16-5 overall and they clock in as the 40th ranked team in North Carolina’s Maxpreps rankings. However, a robust 3A field has the Lions in only fourth in the hotly contested private school division. The Lions travel to Christ School, Forsyth Country Day and Wesleyan Christian Academy this week.
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