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Cross Creek overcomes slow start

Cross Creek girls 63, Josey 31

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Cross Creek wasn’t surprised by its admittedly sluggish start.

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Cross Creek's Charmaine Kyler (left) battles for control of the ball against Josey's Khadijah Caldwell in Thursday's Region 3-AAA quarterfinal game at Josey High.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Cross Creek's Charmaine Kyler (left) battles for control of the ball against Josey's Khadijah Caldwell in Thursday's Region 3-AAA quarterfinal game at Josey High.

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Then again, it wasn’t really shocked by the surge that followed, either.

The Lady Razorbacks basketball team ruled Josey in the second quarter, knocking out the host school, 63-31, on Thursday evening in a Region 3-AAA Tournament quarterfinal matchup. As the Lady Razorbacks move on to today’s region semifinals, they do so already assured of making the Class AAA state playoffs.

“Once we got going, nothing was stopping us,” Cross Creek’s Jasmine Kilgore said.

Playing for the first time since a tough loss to Washington County on Feb. 7, Cross Creek was up only 13-9 early in the second quarter before going on a rout-creating run that lasted the rest of the opening half.

Quick hands forced turnovers and quick feet caught up with rebounds and other loose balls during a 25-0 run in which seven players scored.

The pressure didn’t relent as six players put up at least eight points for the Lady Razorbacks’ balanced attack. Kilgore and Ashleigh Outler led the rest of the players with 12 points apiece.

The big run erased any worries about the slow start lasting four quarters.

“We had such a layover,” Cross Creek coach Kim Schlein said. “I had concerns about coming out sluggish, and we were. But we picked it up.”

The dominance came after it seemed Josey would make it a close game. LaPorscha Wells scored inside twice and Shaniqua Sullivan had two productive drives in the lane in the first quarter.

But Wells didn’t get another field goal until the fourth – by then it was 59-25 Cross Creek – and Sullivan was held without a basket for the rest of the game, with the guard fouling out late in the third quarter.

Now with a state playoff bid sewn up, the next task for the Lady Razorbacks is to win again to get at least one home playoff game.

“We want to host,” Schlein said.


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