It’s championship time at Asheville Christian Academy as both the boys and girls basketball teams secured their respective CAA titles.
The girl’s squad ran roughshod over conference opponents this season, finishing league play undefeated. They knocked off both Rabun Gap and Asheville School last week to chalk up another league crown.
In the matchup against Asheville School, the Lions jumped out to a 19-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 66-41 victory. Senior Caroline Condra led the Lions with 14 points, five rebounds and five steals. Emma Larios added 13 points, while India Smith and Nandhi Smith both scored 11 points.
Against Rabun Gap, the game was considerably closer, but the Lions methodically increased their lead each quarter before finishing off the Eagles 61-48.
Nandhi Smith compiled big numbers against Rabun Gap, ending with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Aliyah Corpening scored 11 points, while Caroline Condra added eight points and seven rebounds. EP Sluder capped things off for the Lions with six points, five assists and five rebounds.
The ACA boys basketball team needed two wins last week against local conference rival Christ School to nab the CAA championship. The first game was nip and tuck throughout most of the contest, but a late third-quarter run pushed the Lions’ lead to double figures en route to an 82-65 victory.
Max Rogers led a balanced Lions attack. He finished with 21 points on seven three-pointers. Collin Mills added 19 points, while DeAnte Green finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.
In the second game against Christ School, the Greenies again played the Lions tight in the first quarter, but a second-quarter surge followed by a slew of transition dunks in the second half pushed the Lions to a 25-point fourth-quarter lead.
ACA finished off the Greenies 80-60 to sweep the season matchups and win its first conference title in four years.
DeAnte Green dominated play throughout, scoring 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Kavan Horton added 20 points, while Collin Mills pitched in 10 points.
Both the boys and girls teams enter NCISAA state tournament play this week.
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