SUMTER Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach advanced to the SCISA Class A state championship by defeating St. John’s 70-50 in the SCISA Class A state semifinals on Thursday night at Wilson Hall.
“Defense absolutely carried us tonight,” Saints coach Darren Gore said. “They played good and hard tonight.”
Bernard Jones scored 28 points, and Kendall Henry scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to get the double-double, and Cole Gore had seven rebounds and six steals. The Saints will face Laurens Academy, who beat Faith Christian 54-37 in the other semifinal game on Thursday night, at the Sumter Civic Center to advance to the state championship.
Christian Academy maintained control for the majority of the game, establishing four solid quarters including 25 points in the first quarter.
“They put forth a lot of effort tonight, they really went after it, and they competed well,” Gore said of his team.
Fan support had a lot to do with the win also, even in a neutral site as Gore admitted.
“Our fans travel great,” he said. “We always have a lot fan support on the road.
“This is the fourth time in the last six years that we’re playing for the state championship. We’re excited for it.”
Going forward, Gore described the locker room mentality in one word.
“Confident,” Gore said. “Some guys have played on last championship team, they know what we do. They’re ready.”
• ST. JOHN’S (50) – Damian Hurta 10, Jalen Ward 4, Mike Lewis 9, Greg Gamble 14, Rashad Bey 13.
• CHRISTIAN ACADEMY of MYRTLE BEACH (70) – Josh Lang 2, Austin Guyton 16, Max Smith 5, Bernard Jones 28, Kendall Henry 19.
• 3-point goals: St. John’s 1 (Hurta); CAMB 6 (Guyton 2, Jones 2, Henry 2). Team fouls: St. John’s 15, CAMB 18. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: St. John’s 23-7, CAMB 23-5.
Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia has finished filling out his staff, announcing on Friday that Curt Baldus has been hired to coach the specialists and assist with the defense.
Baldus spent the last five seasons as a graduate assistant at Nebraska after previously serving another season as an offensive intern for the Cornhuskers. In his final two seasons there, he worked with the defensive line and special teams. He also spent one season at Buffalo, working with the offensive line, kickers and punters.
He is the second new coach added by Moglia this offseason after recruiting coordinator Mike Gallagher resigned in December and defensive line coach Brandon Noble left in January for a job at Temple.
CCU women’s basketball
• Coastal Carolina 77, (at) Charleston Southern 72 (OT) | The Chanticleers was able to even up both their overall and conference record with an overtime win over Charleston Southern.
Katelyn Connor led the attack for Coastal with a game-high 22 points. Angelica Henry (18) and Kayla Cook (17) also scored in double figures for CCU.
The Buccaneers had four players score in double figures with Carolina Forest product Lakeitha Alston leading the way with 21. Erin Bratcher (14), Shay Jones (14) and D.J. Fowler (17) all joined Alston.
Coastal Carolina (13-13, 8-8 Big South) – Alexx Puckett 0-1 0-0 0, Katelyn Connor 9-19 4-4 22, AJ Jordan 4-12 1-3 9, Shatia Cole 1-6 0-0 2, Angelica Henry 4-11 8-9 18, Savanah Pippin 4-8 1-2 9, Kayla Cook 6-9 4-4 17. Totals 28-66 18-22 77.
Charleston Southern (8-16, 3-12) – Lakeitha Alston 6-19 7-12 21, Anicia Dotson 2-5 0-0 6, Erin Bratcher 5-11 0-0 14, Shay Jones 3-9 7-10 14, DJ Fowler 8-15 0-0 17, Zhaquondalee Greer 0-2 0-0 0, Monique Maximilien 0-0 0-0 0, Carra Coy 0-0 0-0 0, Whitney Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 14-22 72.
Halftime–CCU 31-29. 3-Point Goals–CCU 3-6 (Cole 0-1, Henry 2-3, Cook 1-2), Charleston Southern 10-28 (Alston 2-4, Dotson 2-4, Bratcher 4-9, Jones 1-5, Fowler 1-5, Greer 0-1). Fouled Out–Cole, Dotson. Rebounds–CCU 47 (Pippin 13), Charleston Southern 38 (Alston 13). Assists–CCU 11 (Henry 5), Charleston Southern 9 (Bratcher, Jones 3). Total Fouls–CCU 15, Charleston Southern 18. Att.–457.
CCU women’s indoor track and field
• WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. After the first day of the Big South Indoor Track and Field championships, the Chanticleers are 14 points behind rival, leader Liberty.
Coastal Carolina finished with 54 points after day one thanks to first place finishes from Mary Lawrence (pole vault) and Erica Peake (long jump). The Chanticleers fell one place short of sweeping the long jump with Kelila Naules and Letesha Simpson, finishing second and fourth, respectively. Also, Brianna Cristiano finished in seventh in the pole vault.
CCU set a new school record in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:10.02. Jessica Dennison, Sharmaine Barnes, LaChelsie Thomas and Shelby Nicosia all ran for the Chants.
Other high finishers were Anna Carnegie (pentathlon, 8th), Letitia Saayman (3000m, 3rd), Kyla Van Graan (3000m, 7th), Jalacy Green (shotput, 7th).
CCU has 15 athletes qualified for Friday’s finals: Peake (60m dash, 200m), Gabriel Lee (60m dash), Ruby Durham (60m dash), Simpson (60m dash, 200m), Qwontaja Thompson (200m, 400m), Jessica Gelibert (400m, 60 m hurdles), Camille Hurley (400m), Christian Davis (400m, 60m hurdles), Ashley Davis (60m hurdles), Emily Marchini (800m).
• DADE CITY, Fla. Murrells Inlet resident Zach Byrd finished second in a West Florida Golf Tour event at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club.
Byrd finished at 7-under and was four strokes behind winner Nick Lindheim.