Different year, same spot.
For the second season in a row, the Cross Creek girls basketball team will play for the Region 3-AAAA championship.
It reached the final this year with a 45-39 win Tuesday night against Burke County at Butler.
Cross Creek will again play South Effingham in the final. They meet today at 7 p.m.
“We knew they were coming to scrap,” Lady Razorbacks coach Kim Schlein said about Burke County. “We knew they were coming and they wanted it. We were very fortunate to hold them off. It was a battle.”
Cross Creek (22-2) had just enough to outlast Burke County, with Ashleigh Outler scoring 22 points to lead the Lady Razorbacks.
She scored all 13 of her team’s points in the second quarter and was 5 for 5 at the foul line to assure a home game for Cross Creek in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
Even though turnovers populated stretches and Outler missed nearly four minutes of game action in the fourth quarter because of a leg cramp, Cross Creek still had enough to win.
Burke County, which will play Richmond Academy in the consolation game, got 19 points from Kaedia Phillips. But the Lady Bears missed some late shots around the rim and didn’t take advantage of the time when Outler was out of the game.
It didn’t help Burke County that the Lady Bears missed their first six foul shots in the fourth quarter.
“That was key. It really was,” Schlein said. “The free throws were crucial.”