It was the usual result, but with a different twist.

Once again, the Crosspoint Christian School basketball teams split in a doubleheader Friday against Rivers of Life Christian of Granite City, Ill.

But this time it was the girls winning while the boys fell.

The Lady Cougars (4-5) won, 35-26. The Crosspoint boys (8-1) fell, 65-63.

The boys had chances to tie or win the game, but couldn’t get a final shot to fall.

“This was a tough loss,” Crosspoint boys Head Coach Scott Weldy said. “We had been on a 27-game win streak that included the last 19 games from last season all the way to our first eight games this season. It is not how you want to finish the first half of the season going into Christmas break, but we will need to bounce back immediately when we start back up the first week of January.”


Rivers of Life led after one quarter, 10-5, but went cold after that.

Crosspoint led 15-11 at the half and 25-17 at the end of three quarters.

Junior Sara Blackburn paced the offense with 15 points and doubled that in rebounds with 30 boards.

She also had three assists and two steals.

Sophomore Hannah Knudsvig also reached double digits with 11 points. She also had four rebounds and two assists.

Freshman Emma Thomas and sophomore Emily Bratch each scored four points and sophomore Rachel Smith added two.

Bratch had six rebounds and three steals. Smith also had four rebounds.


Looking to complete 2017 undefeated, the Crosspoint Christian School basketball Cougars got tripped up on the final obstacle Friday.

Rivers of Life handed the Cougars their first defeat of the season, 65-63.

Crosspoint next plays Jan. 5 at home against Mississippi Valley Christian.

Rivers of Life actually led for most of the game. The visitors were up 18-15 after one quarter, 39-30 at the half and 52-45 at the end of three quarters.

Crosspoint had a massive offensive night from senior Sam Coons, who netted 34 of the 63 Crosspoint points.

AJ Nantz also reached double digits with 14 points and Nate Davis checked in with nine.

Clay Williams and David Coroama each scored three points.

Coons also was the rebounding leader with 10. Williams added seven, Nantz and Davis each had four and Nic Blocker and Coroama posted three rebounds apiece.

Nantz logged five assists and Davis added three.

Coroama was the steals leader with three. Davis added two and Williams and Blocker posted one steal apiece.

Nantz blocked three shots and Coons ended with two.