On Feb. 21, the Fayette Christian School honored a total of six seniors including basketball players from both the boys and girls basketball programs and the Spirit Club.
Then the three local Crusaders basketball teams went on to sweep their opponents — Hillsboro Christian Academy.
JR. HIGH BOYS
The junior high boys basketball program, which won the BCSO (Buckeye Christian School Organization) junior high boys title last year, finished the regular season with a 17-0 record and extended the program’s win streak to 23 games in a row dating back to last season when their last loss was to Milford on Feb. 4, 2019.
The Fayette Christian junior high boys team, made up of mostly the same players the last two seasons, finished last year at 13-2 overall giving them a 30-2 record over the last two years.
In the 26-18 win over Hillsboro, the local Crusaders were led by Jake “J.R.” Crichton with nine points (including two three pointers).
Drew Pontious scored five points. Gage McDaniel, Nate Crichton and Justin Wines each scored four points.
Fayette Christian had 26 rebounds, went 4 of 6 from the charity stripe and had 19 turnovers but those only led to four points for Hillsboro.
Hillsboro Christian Academy was led by C.J. Storer with eight points. The HCA Crusaders grabbed 22 rebounds and had 14 turnovers and gave up 12 points. The team was 0 for 6 from the free throw line.
The Fayette Christian Crusaders varsity girls squad improved from last year’s 9-6 overall record which included a third place finish in the BCSO State Tournament to a 10-1 overall mark this year.
The Lady Crusaders won by a 28-22 score, keeping their lead after the opening period between six to 10 points in the second half.
Emily Barker led the team in scoring with eight points. Makenna Granger and Katelynn Crichton added six points each. Letisha Knepp scored four points and Ryleigh Toill added a two-pointer.
Lady Crusaders had 20 rebounds, was 3 of 7 from the free throw line and had 21 turnovers but gave up only six points.
Hillsboro Christian Lady Crusaders meanwhile were led by Emma Rhondemus with 12 points and Lydia Tripp added six points.
Poor free throwing kept the team from any serious comeback as they were 4 of 17 overall including 2 of 9 in the fourth quarter.
Hillsboro had 24 rebounds during the contest. They had 22 turnovers in the contest giving up six points as well.
The final game of the night saw Fayette Christian entering at 16-3 (with one of their losses of 50-43 coming at Hillsboro in January).
Hillsboro meanwhile entered the game at 13-3 with a 10-game winning streak.
The first half was close with Fayette Christian leading 24-19 at the half but the local Crusaders used a 15-8 third period (including a 7-0 run at the end of the quarter) to expand their lead through the second half finishing with a 51-33 victory.
Nicholas Epifano had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Lane Hufford added 13 points, Nate Crichton and Zander Ivey scored eight points each and Drew Pontious added one point.
FCS had 29 rebounds including nine offensively. The Crusaders were 12 of 14 from the charity line.
They turned the ball over 17 times giving up 13 points to Hillsboro.
Hillsboro is now 13-4 and was led by Brair Bourne with 10 points with Dakota Bosier adding seven more points.
Hillsboro was only 3 of 5 from the free throw line.
Hillsboro only had 12 rebounds and turned the ball over 17 times giving up 11 points.