Temple cruises to CCAA title

By Shawn Stinson

February 24, 2014

Shawn Stinson

Sports editor

LAURINBURG — The Temple Christian girls basketball team just missed on achieving on all three of its goals this season.

But coach Broderick Hair isn’t going to complain.

Temple rolled past Scotland Christian 63-36 to capture the Carolina Christian Athletic Association tournament championship Saturday afternoon.

“We wanted to win the regular season, win the conference tournament and go undefeated,” Hair said. “We accomplished two of three, but got the most important two. It’s very gratifying.”

The Tigers went 8-0 during the CCAA regular season and finished 17-1 overall. The lone loss came in their home finale against Marlboro Academy.

Hair didn’t have to worry about his team losing its second game this season as Claire Jordan nearly single-handedly outscored Scotland. Jordan finished with 30 points. Sarah Helms added a surprising 14 points in the win.

“It feels amazing,” Jordan said. “We came in here and we didn’t think it would be that much of a blowout today. This is really big for Charis (Byrd) because it’s her last year. We were fortunate because there were a lot of good teams in the conference.”

Byrd, the team’s point guard, scored seven and was named to the all-conference team along with Joanna Gould and Jordan.

In its semifinal contest with Antioch Christian, Temple overcame a rough shooting night and a halftime deficit to advance. It appeared as if the championship game was going to follow the same blueprint as Temple led 11-5 at the end of the first quarter.

Then the Tigers found their shooting touch over the next three quarters, especially Jordan. Hair thought his team handled the rough beginning much better against the Saints.

“Our maturity really showed in this game,” Hair said.

In addition to capturing the regular season and tournament titles, Temple was awarded the team sportsmanship award.

Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.