This past Thursday, the Crossroads Academy Boys and Girls basketball teams finished their seasons by playing their homecoming games against Washington Middle.
The boys won their game by a score of 53-46, and the girls lost a close one by a score of 34-30. Both games were very competitive and physical.
The boys duplicated their success from last year by once again producing another undefeated season. Boys Head Coach Roy Howard described this year’s undefeated season as “unbelievable” due to the fact that he lost 12 seniors from last year’s team.
Along with dealing with high expectations on the court, both programs also have to adhere to the strict academic policy of the school’s administration. The grades of student athletes are checked on a weekly basis to determine eligibility. Coach Howard and Girls Head Basketball Coach Twyla Peoples support the school’s desire to make sure students have their priorities in order.
While his 10th year has come to a close, Howard said, “The program has come a long way. The county was very competitive when I got here, and with the help of assistant coaches Ronald Vickers and newcomer Tracy Cruz we have progressed tremendously.”
Howard went on to explain that this season was also challenging “because a lot of teams on our schedule chose not to play us due to our recent success, and I don’t like it. Coaches seem to think of their reputation instead of trying to develop players.”
The boys head coach recognized Mark Bradwell, Andrew Reddick and Freddie Williams as his standout players.
Howard said as he thinks about next season, he feels as if he “may turn over the team” in an effort to “focus more on credentials.”
As for the Scorpion girls, they found themselves in a year of transition as Peoples entered her first year as the team’s leader. Along with the challenge of coaching in a new environment, Peoples also had to teach the fundamentals of the game because most of her players were new to organized basketball.
In spite of the challenges, Peoples was able to lead her team to a winning record of 5-4, with two of the wins coming against rivals Havana and Shanks Middle. The girls leader said, “Overall, I am humbly proud; I was happy to bring home some wins and winning against our rivals was a plus.”
When to identify her standout players, Peoples recognized her entire team.
Her goal for next season?
“To get better and not stay staggered. In life you have to grow, and that’s what I want for my team.”
Hopefully, Scorpion basketball programs will continue to flourish.