Cornerston Christian School guard B.J. Smith drives to the basket Feb. 8 in the Chargers' 55-35 win over South Montgomery County Academy in the AISA Class 1A Elite Eight at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. (Contributed/Cindy Wingard)

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Chargers advance to Final Four

Published 11:39am Thursday, February 9, 2012

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

The Cornerstone Christian School boys’ basketball team defeated South Montgomery County Academy 55-35 in an Alabama Independent Schools Association Class 1A Elite Eight contest Feb. 8 at Huntingdon College in Montgomery to earn a spot in the Final Four.

The Chargers (19-7) will meet Lyman Ward Military Academy in its Final Four contest Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Huntingdon College.

Chase Payne led Cornerstone Christian with 14 points in the victory over South Montgomery County.

B.J. Smith added nine points. Tim Warren contributed two 3-pointers off the bench in the win.

The Chargers jumped out to a 19-2 lead following the first quarter, but managed to hold on as SMCA attempted to chip away at the deficit.

Cornerstone Christian coach Tim Smith said the Chargers need to step it up a notch with two games left on the path toward an AISA Class 1A championship.

“We will have to play better next week if we plan on making it to the championship game,” Smith said.

The Chargers will meet Lyman Ward for the fourth time this season in the AISA Class 1A semifinals. Cornerstone Christian won the last two meetings after dropping the first meeting between the two teams this season.

“This is the one we want,” Smith said. “We must keep playing good defense.”

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The Cornerstone Christian School girls’ basketball team fell to Crenshaw Christian Academy 48-33 in the Alabama Independent Schools Association Class 1A Elite Eight on the Huntingdon College campus Feb. 8 in Montgomery.

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