Crossroads falls in district final

MCBAIN — Crossroads Charter Academy girls basketball coach JJ Eads knew it was going to be a tough game against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart with a full team.

But the Cougars were playing without Kaela Brooks, who was unable to play and then they lost Malory Carlson four minutes into the contest.

The end result — the Fighting Irish 59, Crossroads Charter Academy 17.

“The effort was there, but you have to be on your A game to beat Sacred Heart,” Eads said.

Sacred Heart was up 11-7 in the early stages when Carlson got hurt.

That took a little steam out of the Cougars and the Fighting Irish made them pay.

“We tried to take way their inside game and let them shoot from the outside and they hit them,” Eads said.

Nine of the first 13 points came from outside the paint, said Eads.

The Fighting Irish were led by Sarah Hansen with 19 points. Sister Erica Hansen added 13 points, all in the second and third quarters.

Crossroads Charter Academy was led by Alyssa Larson with six points and 10 rebounds.

The Cougars conclude the season with a 20-3 record — a school record for wins in a season.

“Going into this season and losing four starters, I knew we would compete, but 20 wins were not on my radar,” Eads said.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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