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The Columbus Christian girls basketball team has shown early in the season that it possesses an explosive offense.
That was further supported in the Crusaders’ 61-29 defeat of Suburban Christian on Tuesday night. Columbus Christian was led by junior guard Macy Wingham who contributed 25 points to the Crusaders victory over Suburban.
“Macy and Kayleigh (Reed) are leaders for us on and off the court,” Crusaders coach Ron Bridgewater said. “They raise everybody’s level of play. Macy’s experience at (Columbus) North and Kayleigh’s with (Columbus) East helps our program. Adding their experience to our core group we had was huge.”
“I try to play with intensity when I’m out there,” Wingham said. “I hope that helps my teammates to play hard also. I’m proud of how we played tonight.”
Columbus Christian (5-2) set a quick tempo for the game in the first quarter, outscoring Suburban (2-5) 25-6 in the period. The comfortable lead seemed to relax the Crusaders, as their aggressive style of play seemed to slow down the rest of the game. At the half, the Crusaders still were in possession of a 39-19 lead.
“We jumped out to an early lead and I think we relaxed after that,” said Kayleigh Reed, who added 14 points to the victory, including a trio of 3-pointers. “We need to give 100 percent the entire game, even if we’re ahead.”
Columbus Christian scored 22 points in the second half, outscoring Suburban Christian by 12, to maintain a comfortable lead and victory.
Aggressive defense helped keep the game in hand for the Crusaders, led by strong ball pressure by the guards.
“Communication is the key to our defense,” said sophomore Tori Robinson, who scored 10 points. “When we talk to each other on the court, it keeps our focus.”
“We like to relax when we have a decent lead,” Bridgewater said. “We’ve got to avoid that in the future. It’s going to come back to bite us one of these days. We’re going to let teams back into games.”
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