By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 — Lady Lions win over Gray Stone and host Spartans
The Carolina Christian School Lady Lions earned wins on Friday and Saturday to claim the championship of the inaugural Community School Thanksgiving Tipoff Tournament.
Carolina Christian 52
Comm. School of Davidson 28
A stifling defensive effort that forced numerous turnovers helped lift the Lady Lions to an easy 52-28 win over the host Spartans from the Community School of Davidson.
Elizabeth Franklin scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in a first-half push for CCS helped the Lions build a huge lead over CSD.
The Spartans hi two baskets in the first four minutes of the first quarter then did not score for well over the next seven minutes of the first half. CCS’s constant pressure on the ball forced turnovers and held the host Spartans to 2-of-12 shooting in the first quarter and 0-of-8 in the second.
“Defensively, we were solid tonight,” CCS head coach Randy Burris said.
“We imposed ourselves and got the pace of game we wanted.”
Burris added that he would “love to play every team in Stanly County” and that his team looks forward to games against in-county opponents like Gray Stone.
CCS 15 12 14 11 52
CSD 4 2 10 12 28
CCS – Grigg 4, Ka. Pinion 2, Che. Burris 9, R. Burris 5, Chl. Burris 4, Elizabeth Franklin 16, A. Franklin 8, Ko. Pinion 4.
CSD – Burkhard 5, Grazndn 4, Brady 6, Rechards 2, Lavelln 5, Nageotte 2, E. Nageotte 4.
Carolina Christian 45
Gray Stone Day 43
In the opening day of the tournament Friday, the CCS Lady Lions overcame a three-point deficit at halftime to earn a win over Gray Stone.
Ashton Franklin led the Lions with 15 points while Chloe Burris added 13 despite first-half foul trouble.
Cat Harward led Gray Stone and all scorers with 16 points.
“We were fortunate to win tonight. Our shots were not falling and Gray Stone battled really hard,” head coach Randy Burris said.
CCS 11 8 12 14 45
GS 5 17 2 9 33
CCS – Ashton Franklin 15, Chloe Burris 13, Grigg 6, Chl. Burris 6, Pinion 3, E. Franklin 2.
GS – Cat Harward 16, Efird 8, Ansbro 2, Redman 2, Taylor 2, Burris 2, Cadle 1, Giles 1.
Boys win over Gray Stone, lose narrowly to CSD
The Carolina Christian School boys’ basketball team took second place at the inaugural Thanksgiving event, topping Gray Stone on Friday then losing a hotly contested game Saturday to the host Spartans.
Comm. School of Davidson 66
Carolina Christian 62
Carolina Christian erased a double-digit halftime deficit and battled into the fourth quarter with the Com-munity School of Davidson.
However, free throws allowed the host Spartans to pull ahead in the final seconds for the win.
CSD shot 11-of-17 from the foul line in the final period as Isaac Gittleman hit 7-of-8 in the final period to seal the win for the Spartans, hitting three free throws in the final 15 seconds.
Trailing 40-27 in the third, the Lions opened with a 7-0 run, cutting the lead to six points.
Justin Sellers scored six of his team-high 25 points in the first minute of the fourth to give the Lions a lead. CCS led by as much as seven midway through the fourth before the Spartans’ Carson Talbert tied it in the final minute and hit a free throw with 17.7 seconds for the lead.
“I’m proud how we fought tonight; you gotta play with heart,” Carolina Christian head coach Marcus Dilligard said.
CCS 13 14 17 18 62
CSD 20 20 7 19 66
CCS – Justin Sellers 25, Troy George 11, William Player 11, Carr 6, Ji. Martin 3, Jo. Martin 4, Moore 2.
CSD – Isaac Gittleman 25, Carson Talbert 18, Michael Daily 16, Chaffman 2, Siebert 2, McAfee 5, Kayes 1.
Carolina Christian 65
Gray Stone Day 61
The Lions opened the Thanksgiving tournament with a four-point win over Gray Stone despite 26 points from the Knights’ Ray Kowalski.
CCS led by seven in the third quarter before Gray Stone battled back to tie the game in the fourth quarter.
Jimmy Martin knocked down four free throws in the final minute to give the Lions the win.
CCS 10 21 14 20 65
GS 9 18 18 16 61
CCS – Troy George 12, Justin Sellers 11, Jimmy Martin 11, Joshua Martin 11, Luke Moore 10, Player 6, Carr 4.
GS – Ray Kowalski 26, Sam HillJennings 15, Alex Wang 11, Singleton 4, Huckabee 2, Ryder 2, Latimer 1.