Crusaders take title, Lady Chiefs runners-up at state

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

On a day when two local basketball teams fought for state championships, Curtis Baptist came out on top, while McCormick settled for second best.

The fourth ranked Crusaders wasted no time getting a jump start on No. 1 Dawson Street in a 56-47 GISA Class A boys final win.

They led 17-9 after one quarter and slightly extended that lead to 29-20 at the half.

Out of the break, John Spurlock's team did its real damage. They led by 17 at one point in the third quarter before settling in for their first state championship since 1997.

Brian Wilson led the charge with 20 points, and Micah Ryals chipped in 14.

The Crusaders finish the season 22-9 overall.

Over at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC, the McCormick girls came up short in their bid for a first girls basketball title, losing to Hemingway 61-38.

The No. 9 Lady Chiefs jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but that would be about the only time as the No. 7 Lady Tigers controlled the boards and the game from there.

McCormick trailed just 14-9 after a quarter, but the deficit ballooned to 27-15 at the half and 44-23 heading into the 4th.

The loss is still bittersweet for the Lady Chiefs. It's the first time the school has played for the girls basketball title since 1959, after winning their first Upper State title a week ago.

Senior point guard Terita Brown led the way with 23 points, and junior Narquevia Jennings scored ten.

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