Lady Colts crushed by Cresset, 72-21

Jan. 15—HENDERSON — The Lady Colts were bruised by the Cresset Christian Academy Eagles Friday night, 72-21.

The Lady Colts were blown out by 51 points after their star player, Elyssa Phillips, came out with a head injury halfway through the second quarter after being called for a blocking foul trying to take the charge against 6-foot-2, 220-lb forward, Kyndoll English.

The entire Crossroads section clapped as their star player got up and limped off the court with substantial help from the coaching staff. With the freight train English barreling into her, Phillips was subbed out of the game and did not return.

The Eagles scored 29 points in the first quarter and Crossroads was trailing by 25 points before their leader was injured. Determined to put the team on her back, Elyssa racked up a steal, two rebounds and five shot attempts in under 30 seconds trying to get going in the second quarter, just before the thunderous impact.

The sophomore didn't regret putting her body in harm's way but her coach, Ed Moore, was not happy that she didn't get the call.

"She was sitting there for three days — it shows a lot of heart though," said Moore. "We work on charges every day, and you take one from the biggest person on the court, and you take it like a champ, and you don't get rewarded for it," he said.

Last time Crossroads played Cresset, they also lost by over 50 points. English said the Eagles came in expecting another blowout.

"[Phillips] had me at first — she hurt me a little bit, she's a good defender. I'm sorry I took her out the game, but they're good, they played well today," said English.

Phillips drew the short end of the stick in the collision, but English also came up hobbling from the play. English played through the pain and finished the game with 20 points, including a three in the first quarter.

UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Asheville, and Boston College are currently recruiting English. Physically dominant and adept on the perimeter, she expects to be a wing in college.

Without the ball handling and scoring from Phillips, the backcourt pressure from the Eagles became much harder to navigate. Abbey Taylor took the reins offensively for the Colts in Phillips' absence.

"I think all the girls played hard, they were on the floor, they were scrapping — they didn't quit," said Moore.

However, down big with their star player sidelined, it was more of the same — but worse for the Lady Colts. Ed Moore collected the rest of his team as they conspired on how to break the press. He broke the huddle and glanced at the scoreboard down 31 points. Another physical layup from English went in but she wasn't going to receive an and-one call with the lead, despite the obvious contact.

With Phillips wincing with an ice pack on her neck at the end of the bench, the Colts subbed freshman guard Laci Wade.

The Eagles cooled off in the second quarter, after their red-hot start. English limped up the court, still feeling the effects of her collision with Phillips. The buzzer sounded on a 46-10 first half.

Without their star, the Colts could not match Cresset's offensive firepower. Eagles freshman Trinity Jefferson shared a discussion with her coach after missing another long-distance three. Scoring slowed for both teams in the second half and the noise level in the once rockous gym fell to a low murmur. One fan put his headphones in and started watching the Philadelphia 76ers on his phone — looking up as Jefferson drained another three.

The Eagles coasted to their ninth win on the year, while the Colts fell to 8-4 after being swept in the season series. The 51-point blowout puts a damper on an otherwise successful season for Crossroads.

To be the best you have to beat the best, and Moore believes the Eagles have a "good shot" at winning the state championship. The Colts hope to use this loss to sharpen their teeth against a superior opponent.

"I don't want everything to be put on Elyssa's shoulders, we have a solid team. I'm just glad the girls had a chance to grow — games like that help us," said Moore.


Kyndoll English (Fr.) — 20 PTS

Trinity Jefferson (Fr.) — 24 PTS

Elyssa Phillips (So.) — 7 PTS

Abbey Taylor (Jr.) — 5 PTS