Grace scores sweep in Friday night twinbill

Jan. 16—The full name of NC GBB Academy states that GBB stands for "Good, Better, Best." Everyone knows they're good, and they're better than most. But on Friday night, they had to play the best.

The first game of the doubleheader with the Grace men saw the Lady Crusaders, ranked No. 22 in the nation and No. 1 in North Carolina, take care of business with a 64-48 victory over their guests from NC GBB, a college preparatory school that specializes in helping student-athletes reach college. Grace played them two years ago in Durham and hosted them Friday for a return visit.

The Lady Crusaders dominated the first half for a 32-18 lead at the half, and then cruised from there for the win, improving to 17-0 on the season going into a Monday night game at Terry Sanford High School. Grace will play at High Point Wesleyan tonight at 5:30. Wesleyan (15-7) is the fourth-ranked NCISAA 4A team; the Lady Crusaders have already defeated No. 1 Cannon and No. 6 Ravenscroft.

Grace did not play the NCGBB men's team in the nightcap, but Berean Baptist did come to Torgerson to face the Crusader men, whose recent strong performances have them knocking on the door of the NCISAA 3A top 10 at No. 11. The Bulldogs played Grace tough, but the Crusaders prevailed 68-61 and improved to 11-8 on the season. Grace's men have won nine of their last 11 games dating back to the end of November.

The Crusader men faced a challenging game at Wesleyan (14-7) Monday night. Results of this game were not available at press time. The Crusaders will face Southern Wake Academy (9-7), a ranked NCHSAA 1A charter school, on Friday night in Holly Springs.

The Lady Crusaders' game with GBB was marked by aggressive defense on the part of the Eagles, who held Grace to just 42% shooting. However, the home team did its share to fluster GBB, getting 16 steals on the night, including six from Serenity McNair and five from Icyss Storm. Sarah Strong led the Lady Crusaders with 25 points, 18 rebounds, and also dished out six assists, second to the eight from McNair. Isa Roman scored 14 points, Storm 13, McNair eight and Halisi Whitley four.