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Crusaders win girls tourney


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Rachel Warren buried a 13-foot jumper with a minute left, and then the Columbus Christian girls basketball team held Dayspring of Christiansburg, Va., scoreless over the final 60 seconds Friday to win the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament championship in Dayton, Tenn.

The Crusaders’ 42-41 Division 5 title victory was accomplished after they had beaten Grant Christian of Maryland 42-31 in the semifinal earlier in the day.

Columbus Christian coach Ron Bridgewater said one thing stood out about the tournament championship.

“Defense,” he said.

“It was by far our single best performance defensively,” Bridgewater added. “This was a very good team we played in the championship game. Our players knew what was on the line, and they defended and rebounded. We owned the boards against players who were taller, faster and more athletic.”

Tori Robinson had 13 rebounds for Columbus Christian while Warren had nine rebounds.

“It was like nothing I’ve ever seen them do before,” Bridgewater said.

Macy Wingham led the Crusaders with 16 points in the title game and 18 points in the semifinal contest. Kayleigh Reed had a combined five 3-pointers in the two games.

Columbus Christian finished its season 21-9.

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