15 Feb 2012 CCS Lady Eagles claim district title
The Conway Christian School Lady Eagles recently became the first junior high team in CCS history to win a district championship.
The district final featured two Conway teams – CCS vs. St. Joseph School at Mountain Pine High School. CCS won the game, 35-11.
To reach the finals, the Lady Eagles posted decisive victories over opponents Abundant Life and Magnet Cove. In the championship game, the CCS defense held St. Joe scoreless the entire third period.
Head coach Jeremy Carson gives credit to the team’s defense for the championship.
"Defensively, we saved our best performance for the final game of the season,” he said. “The kids were really dialed in, and played tough defense at all positions. We’ve been preaching that all year and they really responded well today.
“Offensively, we played to our strength and had balanced scoring from our lineup. We also did a great job of taking care of the basketball."
McKinley Wallace led all scorers with 10 points. Lindsey Clay had eight points and four rebounds and Katie Jo Henley had seven points and eight rebounds. Mary Morgan Ellis had four points while Elizabeth Kennedy, Marissa Payne and Carly Powell each scored two points. Powell also had nine rebounds.
"I’m really proud of what this team was able to accomplish. We were 4-14 last year and were eliminated in the first round of the district tournament. This group of kids stayed together, believed in each other and worked really hard to achieve this championship. I couldn’t be more excited for them,” said Carson.