The Asheville Christian Academy girls basketball team traveled to Rabun Gap High School in northern Georgia last week to take on the Eagles in a crucial conference matchup. Rabun Gap jumped out to an early 11-2 lead knocking in three three-pointers in the opening minutes. However, from that point forward, the Lions controlled the action cutting the Eagles lead to three points at the end of the first quarter and then eventually securing a 25-24 halftime advantage. In the third quarter, the ACA defense limited the Rabun Gap offense to just two points and extended their lead in the fourth quarter to take the 48-36 victory.
The Lions were led by senior Caroline Sikkink, who netted 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior CeCe Condra scored 14 points and had nine rebounds while freshman Katie Alexander had seven points and seven rebounds. The win pushed the Lions overall record to 13-4 and 2-0 in conference play.
The ACA boys team ran into a buzz saw in the boy’s game falling behind 17-0 to start the game and trailing 51-21 at the halftime break. A furious second-half come back saw the Lions draw within eight points, but they could not get any closer dropping their first regular season conference game in two seasons. The boy’s team rebounded the next day in the Phenom Hoops Martin Luther King Jr, Classic held at Carmel Christian School. The Lions squared off against one of the top teams in South Carolina, Cardinal Newman, and played one of their best games of the season. The Lions shot almost 60% from the field and 48% from the three-point line en route to an 82-67 victory.
Senior guard Tyler McKinney scored 28 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists. Junior Solomon Todd added 24 points on 10 for 11 shooting. The Lions now stand at 14-5 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
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