The basketball season at Asheville Christian Academy is underway. Practices began in full a week ago with regular season games beginning this week. John Williams once again leads the girls basketball team who look to go one step further than a year ago. The 2017-2018 season was the best in program history. The Lions raced to a 25-2 overall record and fell just short in the NCISAA 2A state championship game. Last year’s team was led by a wealth of seniors. This year’s team is full of underclassmen but will be led by the trio of Brantley Compton (Sr.), Caroline Sikkink (Jr.) and Caroline Condra (So.). The Lions will once again play a challenging schedule with road games against Greensboro Day and Mountain Heritage highlighting the schedule.
The ACA boys team also said goodbye to a large batch of seniors. Only three returning varsity players and one starter off last year’s team return to the court this season. Last year the Lions made their way to the NCISAA 2A state semifinal game; a feat they have achieved four of the last seven years. The Lions have yet to make the finals in that time frame and look to reverse that trend this season. Head coach, Andy Ray, begins his 18th season at the helm of the Lions program and will rely on seniors Raishaun Brown and Jalen Walker-Crawford along with junior Tyler McKinney to lead the young Lions squad this season. The schedule is once again full of regional and national powerhouses including tilts with Greensboro Day, Christ School and Legacy Charter.
For up to date information about ACA basketball follow the Lions twitter page @ACAAthletics or on the teams’ MaxPrepts page. You can learn more about the school by visiting www.ashevillechristian.org.