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Colts compete in Wilson among the best in North Carolina

Nov. 21 – WILSON – The Hoop State 252 tip-off at the Greenfield School marked the start of the basketball season for various NC High School Athletic Association teams across the state.

A two-day, nine-game event celebrated high school basketball in North Carolina, bringing together top-flight recruits and some of the most successful programs in recent memory. One of the NC Independent Schools Athletic Association’s most talented teams, Crossroads Christian of Henderson, joined the field.

After a fairly dominating 4-0 start early in the 2022-23 season, the Colts were set to take on The Burlington School and First Flight, two of the state’s top programs.

In Friday night’s matchup against the Spartans, Crossroads fell victim to the size and athleticism of Zion Walker and company. With a pressing defense that forced multiple turnovers and a plethora of hard shot attempts, the Colts couldn’t overcome the early setback.

Down 40-17 at the break, Scottie Richardson’s side on the outside began to heat up as guards Shane Anthony and Sam Boyd cut the deficit to 18 in the third quarter.

Ultimately, The Burlington School’s offensive firepower was too great, as an 84-46 loss handed Crossroads their first loss of the season.

Walker, a three-star recruit, caused problems for the Colts’ defense by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds that were game-high in the Spartans’ second win of the season.

There was little time to learn from the performance as a matinee matchup with First Flight was expected on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the result would mirror that of Friday night’s non-conference game, as a 92-80 setback extended the Colts’ losing streak to two games.

Running a 50-35 halftime deficit, Crossroads was able to stay in the game until the final frame before falling into neutral contention.

The sibling duo of Isaac and Mason Dobie troubled the Colts and collectively scored 46 of the Nighthawks’ 92 points. Sophomore Mason scored 25 points while senior Isaac added 21 points to lead First Flight to its first win of the season.

Her success from the free-throw line and beyond the arc propelled her against one of the state’s top 1A programs.

With 20 free throws and 14 three-pointers, her sharpshooting was an area of ​​success at Wilson.

Two losses to quality programs one and two classifications higher than Crossroads mean little by and large as they remain one of the favorites to win the 1A NCISAA State Championship.

The Colts, who have been on their third losing streak since February 2021, will be given a week off to recover and return to the drawing board.

An out-of-conference matchup in Granville County vs. Oxford Prep awaits as the Colts take on the Griffins on Nov. 28.

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