Chargers capture area titlePublished 2:02pm Monday, January 30, 2012
By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor
The Cornerstone Christian School boys’ basketball team captured the Alabama Independent Schools Association Class 1A, Area 1 contest Jan. 28 following a 53-29 victory over Lyman Ward Military Academy.
The Chargers jumped out to a 12-3 lead after the first quarter and led by double digits throughout the second half.
“We played our best basketball of the year,” said Cornerstone Christian coach Tim Smith. “I think that the two losses we had earlier in the week were good for us. Sometimes you have to lose to get better.”
Kendall Moore, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player, led the Chargers (16-7) with 22 points in the victory. Moore also became the school’s all-time leading scorer during the tournament.
B.J. Smith added nine points. Chase Payne chipped in eight points in the win. Moore, Smith and Payne were each named to the all-tournament team.
Sterling Reither contributed six points. Hagan Joiner finished with four points. Auston Wingard and Clayton Halbert added two points each.
Cornerstone Christian defeated Chambers Academy 63-34 in the AISA Class 1A, Area 1 tournament semifinals Jan. 27.
Moore led the Chargers with 19 points in the victory.
Payne added 10 points. Joiner chipped in nine points. Smith contributed seven points in the win.
Wingard finished with six points. Reither, Halbert and Nick Gold added four points each in the win.
Cornerstone Christian will face Jackson Academy in the AISA Class 1A, Region 1 tournament Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at Ellwood Christian Academy in Selma.
The Cornerstone Christian School girls’ basketball team also advanced to the AISA Class 1A, Region 1 tournament at Ellwood Christian. The Chargers will face Jackson Academy at 3 p.m. on Feb. 4.