Cross girls basketball coach Calvin Davis said the key to his team’s ability to win in the clutch comes down to its ability to adapt.
“Teams throw different defenses at us, and it’s up to us to adapt, get better, and score,” said the Region 6A coach of the year.
Jayla Ravenel, the Region 6A player of the year, poured in 26 points to lead the Trojans to a 52-31 win over Allendale-Fairfax in the first round of the Class A playoffs on Monday night.
Ravenel has been on fire of late, and has dedicated her season and playoffs to her late grandfather, who passed away in January.
“I just pray every time I take the floor that God gives me the strength to play well,” she said. “And I’m always playing for my granddaddy.”
The Trojans jumped out to a 14-6 first quarter lead and increased their margin to 28-14 at the half. Davis began shuffling his players into the lineup in the second half and cruised to the 21-point win.
“We’re playing well at the right time,” Davis said.
The Trojans enjoy homecourt advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs and will face Hannah-Pimplico on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Allendale-Fairfax (31): Devoe 2, Williams 4, M. Carter 12, K. Hall 10, McMillan 3.
Cross (52): Pringle 1, J. Halls 4, Wigfall 3, Brown 6, Grant 6, Ferguson 6, Jayla Ravenell 26.
Allendale-Fairfax 6 8 7 10—31
Cross 17 11 15 9—52