Playing for the first time since Jan. 8 due to quarantining for COVID-19, Cape Fear Christian Academy split Sandhills Athletic Conference varsity basketball games with visiting Fayetteville Christian School on Monday night. The Eagles won the boys game and the Warriors won the girls game.
Cape Fear Christian had to shake off some rust to win a 74-39 rout over Fayetteville Christian in the boys game.
“We were just getting back from the break, so we looked rusty,” said CFCA assistant boys coach Brad Deshazor.
Kaleb Siler had 13 points and Cinque Lemon and Truman Claytor had 10 points apiece to lead the Eagles (16-6, 3-0 SAC).
“Kaleb is a big help inside with his size and it’s going to be hard to defend him,” Deshazor said.
Deshawn Woods had nine points. Jabare Perry had eight points. Tristin Harkins and Zeke Brock had six points apiece. Caden Bell had five points. Braedon Sargent, Jake Gronowski and Amari Pearson had two points apiece. Tyler Henderson had one point.
“It feels good to see the boys sharing the ball and trusting in themselves as a team,” Deshazor said. “And the bench got in and did their thing. It was good to see that.”
Senior Tomas Stevens had 21 points and junior Brian Thompson had 11 points to lead the Warriors (6-8, 1-2).
Cape Fear Christian outscored Fayetteville Christian in all four quarters: 15-3 in the first, 14-9 in the second, 21-10 in the third and 24-17 in the fourth.
Cold shooting was costly for Cape Fear Christian as Fayetteville Christian won the girls game 53-22.
“We’ve just gotten back and we haven’t had a practice in over two-and-a-half weeks,” said CFCA girls coach Bobby Lamb. “We just haven’t been in the gym, so we were just rusty tonight. We had a slow start and in the second quarter we went back to playing good and we caught up. And then we just gave out of gas. Our girls just haven’t been playing.”
Junior Gracie Byrd had eight points to lead the Eagles (4-8, 0-3).
Meredith Taylor had six points. Leah Brannon had four points. Madeline Brocious and Laney Trainer had two points apiece.
Seventh-grader Jaden Corpuz had 24 points, eighth-grader Dezzy Clark had 14 points and sophomore Lena Darnell had 10 points to pace the Warriors (3-4, 2-1).
Fayetteville Christian went on a 14-6 run through the first quarter, capped by Cambria Mitchell hitting a half-court shot at the buzzer.
Taylor scored to open the second quarter and start the Eagles on an 8-1 run to cut the lead to one. But the Warriors finished the quarter with nine unanswered points to lead 24-14 at halftime.
Fayetteville Christian pulled away in the second half, outscoring Cape Fear Christian 15-4 in the third quarter and 14-4 in the fourth.
Cape Fear Christian’s boys are at home against Village Christian Academy (1-10, 0-5) on Tuesday. Both CFCA teams travel to Fayetteville Christian on Friday.