There are losing streaks, and then there are epic slumps. For four years, the Cross Keys (Ga.) High girls basketball program was in one of the latter, failing to win a single game across an entire tenure of a high school class.
That all came to a crashing end last month, when the Lady Lions finally snapped a 96-game losing skid with a 31-28 victory over Yeshiva School of Atlanta. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the win was the program's first under second-year coach Bobetta Bailey and the first since a 48-30 win over Carver (Ga.) High in late January of 2006.
The win was most special for Taylor Luxford and Tosin Adebayo, a pair of seniors who had yet to win a single game in their high school careers. The duo combined for 12 of their team's 31 points in the rare victory, with the Indians led by sophomore Asha Buchanan's 10 points, according to PrepCountry.com.
What does three consecutive 0-for-the-season campaigns entail? In the case of Cross Keys, this was what it looked like:
• 0-26 in 2006-07
• 0-20 in 2007-08
• 0-24 in 2008-09
• 0-24 in 2009-10
The Indians also lost their final two games of the 2005-06 season before starting this year with a shocking road win at Yeshiva. If there was any question of how far off the girls basketball radar Cross Keys had fallen, consider this: The photo you see in this article was from the most recent Cross Keys girls basketball game from which any photos appeared online ... and that game was played in 2007.
Yet as hard as the the past four years have been for the Cross Keys girls basketball program, there's suddenly reason for optimism. Not only was the Indians' leading scorer in their landmark victory a sophomore, the team's second leading scorer, Zakiya Davis, is a freshman. With two more years of the duo playing together, there's reason to believe that the Indians might get a handful more victories ... or at least avoid any more 0-for-everything seasons for years to come.