Varsity Patriots sweep Crenshaw Christian

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Pike Liberal Arts Lady Patriots had no problems against Crenshaw Christian Academy in a 42-12 win on Monday afternoon in Troy.

The win for the Patriots improves their record on the season to 6-2.

“They got off to a good start and we led the whole way,” said head coach Torie Peters. “Everybody on the team, all 15 girls played. They are playing real selfless ball and playing as a team. There was a lot of good ball movement tonight. We did a lot better rebounding and boxing out so that was a big improvements.”

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The Patriots were able to turn offensive rebounds to easy points all evening long.

“That’s huge because I think that’s the one thing that we have fallen short on all season,” Peters said. “To see that helped a lot. It went to our points and that made a big difference in the game tonight.”

Defense also played a factor for the Patriots. The Cougars scored one point in the first quarter. It came on a free throw with 2:12 remaining in the opening quarter. After going into the second trailing 8-1, the Cougars didn’t make their first shot until there was 5:53 remaining in the half.

After a slow start behind the arc, the Patriots were able to knock down five three-pointers on the night to help them pull away.

“The long range and perimeter shooting has definitely played a role in our season so far,” Peters said. “Tonight we didn’t really come out shooting out of the gate. Good ball movement and good passes have been the difference.”

Shelby Renfroe finished the contest with a game-high 12 points, while Ansley Adams finished with 10.

“We are 6-2 right now,” Peters said. “That is very impressive. We have a lot of momentum coming off the tournaments. I still think the best is still to come. We have some areas we still need to work on.”

The junior varsity Lady Patriots also took care of the Cougars in a 33-8 win on Monday afternoon.

“It was wonderful because all 15 played in JV as well,” Peters said. “We had six come off the bench that didn’t have any time playing basketball. You wouldn’t have known it. We had great ball-handling from so many different players. The key is that we have so many scoring every game.”

The varsity boys closed out the evening with a convincing 62-13 win over the Cougars.

10 different Patriots players reached the floor and scored on Monday night. Two players finished in double figures led by Nick O’Brien who finished with 11 points. Max Copeland finished with 10 points.

The Patriots will be back in action this afternoon when they host Lee-Scott beginning with the junior varsity girls at 4 p.m.