Congratulations to our Varsity Girls Basketball Team for Making History!

From SHJ

SUMTER -- Spartanburg Christian Academy held the lead only three times against Pee Dee Academy on Saturday.

Luckily for the Warriors, the end of the game was one of them.

Kayla Camacho scored a basket with 50 seconds remaining, and SCA held on down the stretch to earn a 40-39 victory in the SCISA 2A girls basketball state championship at Sumter Civic Center. It's the first state championship for the Warriors (20-9). SCA went on a 10-2 run to end the game.

"We trailed most of the game, but we weren't out of the game," Warriors coach Monica Fain said. "It felt like we were behind a ton. When I called that timeout, I think we were down by four in the fourth quarter. I told them 'Listen we're in this game. You can't get it all back at once. You have to be patient. Feed the ball to Peyton (Thompson) because they don't have an answer for her. Keep working that avenue, and I think we'll be right back in this game.'"Thompson led all scorers with 19 points. She gave the Warriors their second lead at 26-24 midway through the third quarter. The first lead came on a 3-pointer by Camacho, who finished with five points, at the 4:28 mark in the third quarter.

"I knew a lot of us were going to come in here nervous," Thompson said. "I just tried to keep everybody calm. There were a lot of nerves coming into this game. We just had to know that we had time. We had to believe that we could do it.""After halftime, things started falling and we calmed down," Fain said. "Our defense was very, very great at the end of the game."

SCA fell behind 12-1 and did not connect on its first field goal until the 1:08 mark in the first quarter. It trailed 12-4 at the end of the quarter. Thompson pulled the Warriors within 12-10 with 5:18 to go in the half, but Pee Dee (25-4) led 19-12 at the break.

The teams went back and forth in the third quarter, but the Golden Eagles held a 31-28 advantage going into the fourth. Meg Martin, who tied for a team-high with eight points with Lindsey Martin, knocked down a 3 at the beginning of the fourth to make it 34-28. Haley Scott extended the lead to 37-30 with 5:05 remaining before the Warriors went on their run.

Meredith Ray, who finished with 10 points, made a basket and then two free throws, followed by a free throw from Thompson to make it 39-38 with 1:40 to go.

Warriors senior Jessi McCurry made a crucial late block that resulted in a Pee Dee turnover to help preserve the victory.

"That's my only block all season," McCurry said. "I don't know how that happened, but it did. That whole last 30 seconds was a blur. I've been on varsity five years. I know what it's like to be an eighth grader on the team. I know what it's like to get water for the girls and then come all the way up as a senior. I couldn't be prouder of the girls. I couldn't be happier."

 

From Spartanburg Sports

Spartanburg Christian held the lead just three times in the SCISA 2A girls state championship game against Pee Dee Academy. And those two leads combined for less than three minutes of total game time.
It was all the Warriors needed. They rallied twice and played championship level defense at the end of the game to claim the school’s first ever girls’ basketball state championship.
It was a frantic final four minutes of the game as Pee Dee held a 39-33 advantage and looked to have momentum on their side. SCA ratcheted up the defense, though, and held the Golden Eagles scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Still the Warriors needed to find a way to chip away at the lead, and with about 2:30 to play, Meredith Ray scored for SCA to pull it within five. With under a minute to play, Kayla Camacho’s bucket took the lead.
Over the final 13 seconds SCA cemented their title run with impressive effort on defense. Peyton Thompson blocked a Pee Dee shot, and the Golden Eagles got the rebound. Then, Jessi McCurry blocked a Pee Dee shot. After the Warriors missed the front end of a one-and-one, SCA stole the ball with under two seconds to play.
McCurry, a senior guard, felt like the last 30 seconds of the game were just a blur. However, during their two timeouts over the last three minutes, she and the rest of the Warriors remained optimistic the game wasn’t out of reach.
“We called a timeout there towards the end, and we realized we had enough time to bring it back. We just had to chip away and chip away, and we did,” McCurry said.
The game almost got away from SCA to start the first. Pee Dee jumped out to a 12-1 lead six minutes in. The Warriors settled down and fought to a 19-12 deficit at the half.
Warriors coach, Monica Fain had a great halftime talk with her team. Ray opened the third with the team’s first three of the game, and just like that SCA was back in it. They took there first lead with 4:30 to go in the third and took the lead again a minute later.
“We came out, our goal was to just play harder, to play our basketball. Things started falling, we calmed down and man, our defense was very very great at the end,” said Fain.
Both third quarter leads were short lived for SCA. The Golden Eagles carried a 10-2 run into the fourth quarter. Eventually Pee Dee built their lead back up to seven before the Warriors made their final run.
Thompson played a huge part in SCA’s rally. The Golden Eagles had no answer for her down low. If it hadn’t been for early misses, the Warriors wouldn’t have needed their late rallies.
She finished with a double double, 19 points and 12 rebounds. If that wasn’t enough, she added four blocks and a steal on top being named to the SCISA All-Tournament Team.
“It was amazing. It’s such an honor to be on this team, the first girls team to win a state championship. It was an honor. I’m just so proud to be able to share it with my girls,” and elated Thompson said.
Ray also finished with double figures in points, 10, and was also named to the all-tournament team. Elena Corpus finished with 10 rebounds.