Cross rips Tide 40-27; Baptist Hill showdown looms
A game between two Top 10 teams in Cross.
If it’s happened before it’s been too long for anybody around here to remember.
It was set to happen this week, though, when two Class A giants line up to see who has bragging rights to Region 6A.
The fifth-ranked Cross Lady Trojans shook off the cold from last week’s ice storm and set up a showdown for the Region 6A championship with sixth-ranked Baptist Hill, ripping the Tide 40-27 in Cross.
There was simply too much Cross for Charleston Math & Science.
The win puts the Lady Trojans in first place with a perfect 6-0 mark (15-5 overall), a game ahead of Lady Bobcats who comes in at 5-1 (12-3 overall) as of Jan. 31.
“We were rusty,” said Coach Calvin Davis. “We didn’t get to practice at all with the ice storm and it showed. We were a little anxious and tried to force the play, but we’ll be all right.”
A sluggish first quarter left both teams knotted at 6-6 before the Lady Trojans found their game legs in the second quarter to pull away to an 18-11 lead at the half.
While never completely icing the game in the second half, Cross never let the Rip Tide crack the double-digit lead the Lady Trojans took into the fourth quarter of play.
Freshman Jayla Ravanel led all scorers with 13 points, followed by sophomore Zelphair Grant with 11 and senior Marchaeya Gilliard with 7 points.
“We do best when we are able to play our game,” Davis said.
The Lady Trojans have bought into what Davis has brought to Cross, turning around what was once a floundering program lacking in direction and winning the first region championship in school history in 2012-2013 with a 10-1 mark. CHS advanced to the second round of the Class A playoffs that year before bowing out to Hemingway 44-17.
Last year the Cinderella Lady Trojans were happy to receive an invitation to the big dance. This year they want to stick around awhile, at least past the midnight hour.
First there’s the matter of Baptist Hill this week.
On Jan. 17, the Lady Trojans edged the Lady Bobcats on the road 34-29.
“We’re young, but we don’t play young,” Davis said, keeping a definite low-key profile. “But we’ll be all right.”
Tipoff was set for 7 p.m. in Cross on Feb. 4.
At stake is the chance to raise a second championship banner onto the freshly painted walls of the CHS gymnasium.
“We play our game we’ll be all right,” Davis said.