Lady Crusaders keep rolling in SCISA state playoffs


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Laurens Academy continued its march through the early-season girls’ basketball schedule with a 51-19 victory over Curtis Baptist, led by Jennifer Wu with 19 points.

After a bit of an uneven start, the Crusaders increased their defensive pressure, leading to a barrage of baskets by Wu and Ruthie Moore and a 23-2 lead the end of a quarter. Moore wound up with nine points, all in the first half.

LA defeated Curtis Baptist in the state Class A SCISA semifinals last season en route to the state championship.

Reagan Williamson scored 10 points.

“Blair Quarles was a disruptive defensive presence on the court with multiple deflections, steals and hustle plays,” head coach Jason Marlett said. “Overall, it was a big road win for our team.”

Jordan Johnson led Curtis Baptist with 10 points.

Wu connected on eight of her 10 field-goal attempts. Moore hit four of six.

Laurens Academy (3-0) led 36-17 at halftime.

The boys’ team fared even better, defeating the Patriots 75-29 to improve to 2-1. Noah Moore and Charlton McCall combined for two thirds of the Crusaders points, each scoring 25.

Diamonte Grant, who scored nine points, led LA with 10 rebounds. Moore added nine. McCall made four steals. Dawson Foster dished out five assists. Moore hit four of his six three-point attempts.

The Crusaders visit Wardlaw on Thursday.