LADY CRUSADERS CLOSE OUT 26-4 SEASON
By: Gerald Doolittle
Laurens, S.C. -The Lady Crusaders of Laurens Academy just completed a 26-4 season that earned them the SCISA Class A Runners-up to Dorchester Academy. They won the Region 2-A Championship over last years State Champions from Richard Winn Academy. Now, having had a taste of the big game the Lady Crusaders will work hard to return next season with hopes of bringing home the title. Coach Jason Marlett will have his entire team back for another run.
“Taking a step back and looking at our overall season, I can’t be anything but proud of our ladies and how they competed,” said Coach Marlett. “We were able to take some significant steps for our program this year by winning our region, winning the region tournament and advancing to the state championship game. It hurts to lose that final game, however we must give credit to the Dorchester Academy players and coaches for their outstanding performance. I believe our team will use this experience as motivation to work hard in the off season to improve our individual skills as well as team play, and we will strive to make it back to the Civic Center floor again next year.”
The Lady Crusaders averaged 48.9 points a game along with a 13.2 assist average. They also averaged 38.5 rebounds and 11.8 steals a game on the way to the 8-0 region and 26-4 overall record.
Taylor Campbell (jr) scored 407 points (13.6), 137 rebounds (4.6), 178 assist (5.9) and 93 steals (3.1). She made 50 of 120 three point goals and made 63% of her free throws. In the Region and State tournaments she made 24 of 28 from the line (86%). She was the Region Player of the Year and made the All-State Tournament Team and is a SCISA North-South All-Star Selection.
Ruthie Moore (so) scored 505 points (16.8) and made 243 rebounds (81). She had 134 assist (4.5) and 112 steals (3.7) and made 181 of 410 field goals for 44%. She also passed 1,000 career points. She also made All Region and All State Tournament teams. She also was named to the North-South All Star game.
Everyone on the Lady Crusader roster contributed to the winning season and are expected back with improved skills and determination to help the team to a Championship. Next season the only senior will be Campbell. The juniors next season will be Mattie Grace Noffz, Julia Kerber, Florence Mitchell, Moore, Morgan Marlett and Hannah Stribling. The sophomores next season will be Reagan Williamson and Blair Quarles.