A year ago, a slump led to disappointment and a tough road trip in the playoffs.
This season, however, the Cross Creek girls basketball team has yet to stumble – and it’s also going to get a home playoff game.
The Lady Razorbacks improved to 26-0 with a 57-52 win Thursday against Hephzibah in a Region 3-AAAA Tournament semifinal in Statesboro, Ga. The victory means Cross Creek gets at least one home state playoff game.
“We’re so excited,” Lady Razorbacks coach Kim Schlein said. “That was crucial for us, to play at home. We want to win – we want to win the region championship. They really want it and I want it for them.”
In the 2011-2012 season, Cross Creek lost five of its last six games, including an overtime loss on the road in the first round of the state playoffs.
But thanks to Ashleigh Outler’s 18 points and some timely steals against Hephzibah in the region semifinals, Cross Creek stayed perfect.
Up only two points at the half, Cross Creek stretched the lead to 10 after three quarters before it held on late.
“We didn’t play our best ball game tonight,” Schlein said. “We were tired and sloppy, but our heart and pride were there.”