Greenwood Christian Academy sectional champs
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By Nathan Pace
The wait is over for Greenwood Christian Academy as the girl’s basketball team won its first-ever sectional championship Saturday. The Cougars avenged a sectional title defeat last season to the Tigers of Tindley with a 74-43 win. “What it means is that these 12 kids have worked really hard all year and they have achieved something that has not been achieved before,” GCA coach Alan Weems said.
GCA went to work early against Tindley, leading 27-7 after the first quarter. The 20-point margin held at halftime 36-16 and the Cougars controlled the game after the third quarter 59-21. Sophomore Savannah Frye led the way with a team-high 23 points. Junior Alexis Mead was right behind with 20 as was sophomore Izzy Reed with 17.
“We played Tindley a few weeks ago and they are a very, very good team,” Mead said. “We knew what we were up against and were prepared for it. We worked very hard, worked together and we accomplished our goal.”
GCA is a young school compared to many other basketball programs in the state starting in 2003 and playing its first sectional game in 2007. Since then the Cougars have reached the sectional championship game three times but fell in those occasions. The most recent was last season at home to Tindley 83-53 in an emotional game at GCA.
“This team has so much intensity about it and doesn’t like to lose,” Weems said. “The Tindley team wasn’t the same as last years and we knew that but to come out and dominate like we did that is a great, great victory.”
The Cougars came into the sectional 13-10 with over half its season played against schools in larger classes. Hosting the sectional for a second straight year the Cougars demolished underdog opponents Central Christian (92-10) and Christel House Academy (101-23). In total, Greenwood Christian outscored its sectional competition 267-76.
“When you look at our record it is a little misleading, we played a difficult schedule,” Weems said. “That last week prepared them for this week.”
The Cougars do not have any seniors on their roster making their future appear very bright as well. Greenwood Christian will take on North Central (Farmersburg) at 10 a.m. Saturday at Southwestern High School in Shelby County. If the Cougars win they will play for a regional title Saturday night.