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The Cornerstone Christian Academy girls' basketball team has finally found their way during a 56-36 win over Christian Academy-Lawrenceburg Saturday.
After switching full time to man-to-man defense, the Lady Bulldogs are hitting stride.
Trailing 26-23 at halftime, the Lady Bulldogs came out and shut Lawrenceburg down in the second half, allowing just 10 second half points, and holding Lawrenceburg scoreless for an eight minute stretch over the third and fourth quarters.
“Our defense was awesome,” CCA Coach Tres bien Gambino said. “We let them get a lead in the second quarter, and that was because we weren’t communicating. So at halftime we talked about defense, communication and rotating.”
From there the girls took over.
The Lady Bulldogs grabbed the lead for good, 31-30, on Christian Rainey’s jumper from the free-throw line with 4:50 left in the third quarter.
Lawrenceburg wouldn’t score again until 4:20 remained in the game, snapping a 21-0 run by Cornerstone with a short jumper.
Lawrenceburg would score six consecutive points over the next three minutes, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough.
Gambino said the Lady Bulldogs would stick with man-to-man for now.
“We pretty much only worked on zone in the preseason because we really not that deep,” she said. “I didn’t think they’d be able to keep up a man-to-man defense the whole game, but they’re just blowing my mind right now. We put it in during the third game, and it looked good. So we decided to go with it on Saturday, and it worked.”
The Lady Bulldogs also picked up an addition early in the season when Rainey joined the team on Dec. 4.
“She just decided to come out as a senior after the season started, and she’s been a huge addition. She’s been right there with [fifth-grade point guard] Myah Pace as one of our leaders. They’ve both been fantastic for us so far this year.”
The victory pushed the Lady Bulldogs to 2-2, and Gambino said she likes what she has seen so far.
“They’re really coming together, and their skills are just blowing my mind,” she said. “I think they’re improving so much because of all the work we did on fundamentals in the preseason. You can really see them putting it all together. It’s very encouraging.”