By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, January 19, 2014 —
The regular season Locust’s Carolina Christian School continued on Thursday with home games against First Assembly of Monroe.
Carolina Christian 45
First Assembly Monroe 10
The two-time defending NACA national-champion Lady Lions started the season with a loss to Lincoln Charter, but reeled off 18 wins in a row after that opening loss.
Included in those wins this season is two wins over South Stanly and West Stanly and a win at Gray Stone.
The Lions made it 19 wins in a row this season with a dominating home performance over the First Assembly Monroe Wildcats despite the absence of leading scorer Elizabeth Franklin, out due to illness.
Carolina Christian’s stifling defense held the Wildcats to 1-of-19 shooting from the field and only 10 points in the game, the 10th time this season that the Lions have held their opponent to 20 points or less.
Senior forward Chloe Burris led CCS (19-1) with 17 points, seven of which came in the first quarter as the Lions scored the final 15 points of the period to lead by 16 after one and never trailed the rest of the way.
CCS faces a tough test on Tuesday against the 22-0 Carolina Home Educators. The Cougars are led by freshman Leah Church, considered one of the top shooting guards in the high school ranks; the 5’7” freshman averages 24.3 points per game.
FA 1 4 5 0 10
CC 18 9 6 12 45
FA – Clarke 4, Justice 4, Harren 2.
CC – Chloe Burris 17, Ch. Burris 2, Burris 6, A. Franklin 8, Olsen 4, McCarthy 4, Calkins 2, Moffett 2.
Carolina Christian 66
First Assem. Monroe 21
The Lions (12-7) got a solid scoring punch from two starters in the win. Luke Moore led CCS with 20 points and Troy George added 19.
George scored 14 of his 19 points in a first quarter that saw CCS open with a 9-0 run, allow six in a row to the Wildcats (5-7) and answer with a 17-3 finish.
The Lions’ defense clamped down on First Assembly through the next two periods as the Wildcats hit 1-of-25 from the field. CCS hit 8-of-13 in the second enroute to the win..
FA 9 1 2 9 21
CC 26 19 15 6 66
FA – McDonald 6, Hastings 5, Privett 6, Hichenshire 2, Gagne 2.
CC – Miller 8, Luke Moore 20, Troy George 19, Martin 9, Player 6, Moran 4.