CCA tops Walkerville to reach district final

ON THE BREAK: Crossroads' Kaela Brooks makes her way down the court against Walkerville on Wednesday. (Pioneer photo/Bob Allan)

ON THE BREAK: Crossroads’ Kaela Brooks makes her way down the court against Walkerville on Wednesday. (Pioneer photo/Bob Allan)

BIG RAPIDS — The Crossroads Charter Academy girls basketball team has been here before — playing in the district final.

They hope this time, they will be able to clear that hurdle.

The Cougars advanced to the Class D district final at Crossroads Charter Academy High School with a 57-22 victory over Walkerville on Wednesday. It is the fifth time in the past seven years that CCA will be playing for a district crown.

The Cougars will face Mason County Eastern, which was a winner against Fremont Providence Christian in the other semifinal. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday.

“You need some luck at this time of year, and obviously you need to play well and execute,” Crossroads Charter Academy coach JJ Eads said.

Senior Brooklyn Carroll said winning a district title would be important for the entire program.

“It would mean a lot to all of us and not just the girls on the team, but all of the girls who went through the program,” Carroll said. “They were the ones who help build the program up.”

Though Crossroads won by 35 points, the game was tight with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Cougars, who were in a middle of a dry spell, which saw them hit only one field goal in a 10-minute span between the second and third quarter, led just 25-18 until Ashley Soller hit a bucket to increase CCA’s lead.

Soller finished with 10 points on the night.

While the offense struggled, it was the defense that kept the Wildcats from getting closer than seven points. Walkerville scored only three points in both the third and fourth quarters.

“I thought we contested shots better in the second half,” Eads said. “In the first half, they were bale to get into the lane better than they should have.”

Soller’s bucket seemed to open the lid on the basket.

The Cougars would led 32-19 at the end of the third quarter and then began the fourth quarter on a 14-2 game to put the contest out of reach.

Crossroads was paced by Courtney Carlson with 14 points, while Kaela Brooks netted eight. Walkerville was led by Hayley Garrett with five points.

“We are a very defensive minded team,” Carroll said. “We worry more about defense than offense.”

The Cougars opened the game scoring the first 13 points by six different players. They would lead 22-5 when CCA would watch Walkerville climb to within seven, 23-16, late in the first half.

Walkerville 3 13 3 3 — 22
Crossroads 13 12 7 25 — 57


0 2-2 2, Janie Fuentes 0(1) 0-0 3, Cecilia Knowles 2 0-2 4, Sophia Sweet 0 4-6 4, Hayley Garrett 2 1-1 5, Mandy Achterhoff 2 0-0 4, Brenda Diaz 0 0-2 0, Totals 6(1) 7-13 22.


Megan Soller 1 0-0 2, Hanna Meads 1 0-0 2, Malory Carlson 1 2-2 4, Ashley Soller 0(2) 4-6 10, Leah McHugh 1 1-2 3, Aubrielle Angell 0(1) 2-5 5, Courtney Carlson 4 6-6 14, Katlin Reed 2 0-4 4, Kaela Brooks 4 0-1 8, Brooklyn Carroll 1 1-2 3, Katie Haner 1 0-0 2, Totals 16(3) 16-28 57.

Rebounds — Walkerville 43 (Knowles 11, Sweet 10, Garrett 9), Crossroads 35 (C. Carlson 8, Carroll 6). Assists — Walkerville 4 (Four players with 1), Crossroads 9 (Carroll 3).

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