Basketball - Varsity Girls
Zach Turner - Head Coach | EMAIL
Coach Turner grew up in Charlotte, NC where he played basketball for Charlotte Christian before graduating and moving on to play at the University of Tennessee. He earned his bachelor's degree in Communications from UT and currently teaches Bible and Latin in the Covenant Day middle school. Coach Turner has 13 years of coaching experience, including five years as a head coach. He began coaching at Covenant Day in 2012.
Pam Krasen - Asst. Coach | EMAIL
Coach Krasen is a native Charlottean. She was a high school athlete, competing in basketball, cross country and track & field, focusing most of her efforts on the latter two sports. Krasen earned her bachelors degree in Exercise and Sport Science before going on to get a master's in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from Appalachian State. Krasen joined the CDS coaching staff in the fall of 2016.
Steven Young - Asst. Coach | EMAIL
Basketball - Varsity Girls
Carolina Invitational Tournament Recap 12/27-12/29
In their first game of the tournament, the Lions faced off with Augusta Christian. The girls were a little slow at the start of the game as they shook off the rust from the Christmas break. When halftime rolled around, the Lions were down by two points. In the third quarter, the Lions found their energy and bounced back to build a ten-point lead. With three minutes left in the game, the girls were playing good defense, but the opponent's best player kept driving the lane and the Lions fouled her repeatedly. Her perfect free throws gave Augusta the advantage and the Lions were edged out, 32-36.
Next, the Lions took on Burke HS from S. Carolina. In the first half of play, the Lions played solid defense and Madeline Crumpler hit five, 3-pointers to keep the score close. Our girls trailed 25-27 at the half, and Coach Turner was concerned about the number of points given up defensively, but was happy with the girls' offensive efforts. The Lions opened the second half with a 1-2-2 press and packed it in tight, forcing Burke to shoot from outside. Every member of the team contributed in positive ways to work toward a much-needed win. The Lions handled their opponent's press well, and outlasted Burke for a 47-40 victory.
Game Recap 12/18/2018 vs Christ the King
Our Varsity Girls hosted the Crusaders of Christ the King on Dec. 18th. Despite a slow offensive start, the Lions' defense kept them within striking distance during the first period of play. Our girls' shots began to find the net in the second, as Madeline Crumpler hit a couple of big three-pointers. Katherine Ashley was also attacking well to give the Lions a one-point lead at the half. Both teams played evenly throughout the third, but the Crusaders held a slim margin as play rolled into the final quarter. The Lions missed some crucial free-throws down the stretch and committed turnovers that gave the advantage to the Crusaders as the time expired. Our girls will play in the Carolina Invitational in Charleston, SC over the Christmas break.
Game Recap 12/17/2018 vs Marvin Ridge
The Varsity Lions traveled to Marvin Ridge for a Monday game to start the Christmas break. Our girls came out a little flat to start the first quarter, and gave up too many fast-breaks before getting into a groove defensively in the second period of play. The Lions made the Mavericks work hard to score, but were unable to produce enough offense of their own and took a 12-point deficit into the halftime break. In the second half, the Mavericks came out hot and scored readily while our Lions had difficulty getting the stops they needed to get themselves back in the game. Katherine Ashley led the team with 7 points and 5 rebounds. The team will be in action again tomorrow as they host Christ the King at 5:30pm in the Main Gym.
Game Recap 12/4/2018 vs Queens Grant
Our Lions rebounded from two consecutive losses to post a solid win over the Stallions of Queens Grant on Tuesday, 12/4. Madeline Crumpler scored a whopping 19 points, including five, 3-point shots. Freshman, Taylor Houseton, came through for the Lions with 9 points and 7 rebounds to help secure the 54-15 victory. The Lions will have a little time off for exams before the come back to play a road game against Marvin Ridge on 12/17.
Game Recap 11/29/2018 vs Charlotte Catholic
The Varsity Girls struggled offensively in their away game at Charlotte Catholic. They handled the Cougars' defensive pressure well but couldn't get shots to fall consistently. The opposing point guard had a big third quarter for the Cougars and scored 15 solo points to put the game out of reach for the Lions. The team will host Queens Grant on 12/4, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Game Recap 11/27/2018 vs Victory Christian
Our Varsity Lions experienced a post-Thanksgiving letdown in their matchup with Victory Christian. Steady defensive pressure from the opponent forced multiple turnovers by the Lions and led to a defeat at the hands of the VCCS Kings. The team will try to re-focus their efforts as they travel to Charlotte Catholic on Thursday, 11/29, for a 6:00 game.
Game Recap 11/21/2018 v Fort Mill HS - Fort Mill Invitational
The Lions' win over Great Falls on Tuesday evening advanced them to the championship game of the tournament where our girls played an intense game against the host team from Fort Mill HS. The teams were evenly matched for a back-and-forth battle on the court. Caroline Cady and Madeline Crumpler opened up with strong offense in the first quarter, while our defense maintained the aggressive stance they had shown throughout the tournament. The Lions held their opponent to just 10 points in the first quarter and led by one at the end of the period. Cady worked hard on the inside to add 5 more points in the second quarter while the defense held steady. With the score tied at 20, and just seconds left in the first half, Katherine Ashley raced up the court and hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lions the momentum and a 23-20 lead at the halftime break. The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets made some changes to their offense after the first half and continued to run their press against the Lions. The score remained close as we carried a 36-34 lead into the final quarter. Our Lions struggled to handle the Jackets' continued pressure but were able to make some adjustments that gave Ashley and Crumpler opportunities to hit some big shots down the stretch. Despite strong play by the Lions, Fort Mill went ahead by 5 points with a minute left and forced our girls to foul them to stop the clock and attempt to regain possession. The Lions came up just short, and lost an extremely hard-fought contest, 46-55. Coach Turner said he was "very proud of how our young team was able to keep pace until the end with a very good team that averages 70 points per game." Caroline Cady finished the game with 15 points, Madeline Crumpler had 14, and Katherine Ashley contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds. Ashley was named to the All-tournament Team after averaging 11 points and 7 rebounds over three games.
Game Recap 11/20/2018 v Great Falls HS - Fort Mill Invitational
In their second game of the Fort Mill Invitational, our Lions took on the Red Devils of Great Falls HS. The team had another outstanding game on the defensive end, as they made multiple steals which allowed the offense to run the court and score. Madeline Crumpler hit a couple of big three-pointers in the first half and forced the Red Devils to shift their attention to her, opening up the lane for Katherine Ashley and Caroline Cady to drive to the basket for a 27-16 lead at the half. The Lions continued their aggressive defense in the second half and prevented the opponent from scoring in the third quarter. After Crumpler hit another three-point shot at the end of the third, our girls held a comfortable lead heading into the final period of play, and our Lions finished with a 45-20 victory. Caroline Cady led the Lions' scoring efforts with 13 points. Katherine Ashley contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds, and Madeline Crumpler added 11 points for the night.
Game Recap 11/19/2018 vs Chester HS - Fort Mill Invitational
The Varsity Lions faced the team from Chester HS for their first game in the Fort Mill Invitational on Monday night. Jackie Haynes and Viktoria McCue put on some heavy defensive moves and hounded the Chester guards, resulting in numerous turnovers that the Lions converted into easy buckets. Katherine Ashley scored several breakaway layups off the turnovers and accumulated 13 points in the first half. Madeline Crumpler poured in 3, three-pointers that put the Lions in the lead going into halftime, 31-10. The second half of play saw the Lions continue to keep up the defensive pressure while the offense drove up the score. All of the players contributed as the Lions worked in several different lineup combinations to cement the victory, 50-23. Katherine Ashley had a double-double for the night with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and also made 4 steals. Crumpler led all scoring with 16 points, Caroline Cady knocked in 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for the Lions, and Haynes and McCue had 4 steals apiece as key defenders in the game. Tomorrow evening the Lions will face the team from Great Falls at 6:00 p.m. at Fort Mill HS.
Game Recap 11/12/2018 vs Arborbrook
The Lions played their home-opener on Monday, 11/12, against the team from Arborbrook Christian Academy. The Falcons came loaded with talented shooters, post players and an excellent point guard to run the court. Our girls took on the challenge and matched up well in the first half, which turned out to be a back-and-forth battle. The Lions held their own offensively, but had a tough time stopping the Falcons on defense. Arborbrook hit 6 three-pointers in the first half and took a six point lead into the halftime break. The Lions turned up their defense in the second half, but still had difficulty shutting the Falcons down from three-point range. At the start of the fourth, the Arborbrook point guard hit a big three-pointer to increase the gap to 11 points and added a handful of nice assists that allowed the Falcons to pull away for good. The Lions ended the evening with a 44-62 result. Madeline Crumpler played a terrific game and tallied 17 points on the night. Katherine Ashley added 11 points and 9 rebound to the Lions' efforts. Next up for the Lions is the Fort Mill Invitational, Nov 19-21.
Game Recap 11/9/2018 vs. Greensboro Day
Our Varsity Girls hit the road for their first game of the season to take on the Bengals of Greensboro Day. The Lions were able to keep the score close in the first half, with Caroline Cady and Madeline Crumpler leading the charge against a team that had a lot of height and some really good athletes on their side. Heading into the halftime break, our Lions trailed by only 4 points. When the third quarter got underway, we struggled to score and had a hard time stopping the Bengals which led to a ten-point deficit at the end of the period. Our girls stepped up their game on both ends of the floor as the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter, but came up just short on the scoreboard with a 25-30 loss. Leading scorers were Cady with 10 points, and Crumpler with 6. The Lions look forward to their season home-opener on Monday, as they host the team from Arborbrook at 5:30 in the Main Gym.