Girls Lead While Boys Build

The Christ Church girls basketball team is coming off of two consecutive state championship seasons. So far this year, the girls have gotten off to another exceptional start, posting a 13-2 record and beating region rival St. Joe’s last week.

The girls basketball team has absolutely dominated opponents across the Upstate in recent history, competing against many of the local 4A and 5A schools. Senior center Bailey Breazeale has played a huge part in that success and recently scored her 1000th career point.

The Cavs have played exceptionally well when it counts, beating region rival St. Joe’s by a final score of 51-16 and holding the Knights to just four points in the second half. They also secured wins against 5A JL Mann by scores of 67-22 in their first game and 68-29 in the second. The Cavs not only showed they were capable of defeating one of the larger schools in Greenville County but also held them to just eight points in the second half of game one.

The boys team, on the contrary, has gotten off to a less spectacular start but has improved significantly since the beginning of the season. With the Cavaliers losing their entire starting five from last year, the boys team hopes to remain competitive after posting a 20-4 record and winning a region championship last season. After a rough loss to St. Joe’s, the Cavs played well against Greer Middle College in their following game and earned their first region win. After another matchup with the Blazers on Friday, the Cavs surpassed .500 in region play.

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Junior guard Lawren Cook takes the ball down court after a rebound.

The main reason for the Cavs’ struggles is their rigorous schedule at the beginning of the season. Head Coach Jeff Neely hoped to prepare the team for the tough schedule down the stretch of the season by exposing them to difficult opponents early on. “Definitely [Coach Neely] has a lot of experience coaching; he really knows how to manage a team through any situation and will eventually lead his team to success” said senior Forward Barnes Elliott. Christ Church opened the season with four consecutive losses against Greenville High School and Southside High School.