KNOXVILLE -— The 2019-2020 basketball season has been a roller-coaster ride for Christian Academy of Knoxville girls basketball, but the Lady Warriors nabbed a signature Division II-A East Region District 1 win Friday night, Jan. 10.
“I’m hoping that maybe this will be the win that helps us really turn the corner,” Lady Warriors’ second-year head coach Abby Williams said after CAK (8-7 overall, 3-1 in the district) routed rival Webb School -at home 64-43.
Freshmen led the way scoring-wise, as Keira Leffew scored a game-high 22 points, followed by 14 points from Emily Wilson. Senior Hannah Carroll added 12 and senior Mackenna Mozingo scored 10.
“Our two freshmen really stepped up, and we had two of our seniors really come up big,” Williams said.
“This win really feels good,” Leffew said.
Webb’s Madelyn Ladd led all scorers with 23 points, as the Lady Spartans fell to 4-9, 2-1.
Carroll said that having Leffew and Wilson perform well in a big league game was big for the Lady Warriors.
“We lost three starters from last year’s team and it really helps to have two freshmen come in here,” Carroll said. “They really brought it for us tonight.”
Leffew said that CAK’s upperclassmen motivate her to step up her game.
“I saw how hard our seniors were playing and I wanted to help them. I wanted to go hard.
“Our bench really helped us tonight too. They were in the game and they were there cheering us on all night.”
Watson said that the Lady Warriors earned a team win against Webb.
“This was a big win but I want to give all the credit to my teammates,” she said. “This was a great atmosphere and I just want to give the credit to the seniors and to our leaders.”
She had the first two baskets of the game.
Lady Spartans’ coach Shelley Collier wasn’t available for comment after the game.