Greenville Christian closes out Senior Night in style

On senior night Greenville Christian Lady Saint Bethany Washington and Saint Marquell Eichelberger ended their high school basketball careers on winning notes with wins over the Benton Academy Lady Raiders and Raiders Thursday night.

“This has been a great experience,” Eichelberger said. “I’m going to miss the love that my coach, teammates and everybody has shown since I’ve been here. Basketball has been a great way bond with everyone and learning to serve Christ.” Eichelberger led his team with 18 points.

In the boys’ game, throughout the night, the Saints established the theme of team basketball in the 57-16 blowout win. From Eric Ekanem’s crisp passing to Marlon Palmer’s defense and rebounding to Will Riley’s quick hands and slashes to the basket, GCS posed problems for the Raiders on both ends of the court. GCS established tempo early in the first quarter using their speed, quickness and ball movement to take an 18-10 lead after one. Eight different Saints scored baskets during the quarter. The theme continued throughout the night with the home team holding commanding leads of 38-14 and 54-16at the end of halftime and the third quarter respectively.

Greenville Christian girls 50, Benton 42

The Lady Saints probably made the first game of the night too much of a nail biter for the home faithful. They defeated the Benton Lady Raiders 50-42.

After leading much of the game by double digits, the Lady Saints gave up 11 unanswered points to the Lady Raiders to start the fourth quarter and cling to a slim 38-36 lead with 4:59 remaining in the game. GCS guard J. C. Claiborne ended the run by knocking down a three from the wing that seemed to help the Lady Saints settle down. From that point, the Lady Saints turned up their pressure defense to close the game on a 10-2 run.

Williette Kingdom led GCS with 16 followed by Bethany Washington with 14. “I know it’s my last game here on our home floor but I’m still excited because we’re going to the playoffs,” Washington said. I’m going to miss playing here and my best memory of the place is when they renovated the gym. I wish Coach Sandifer and the Lady Saints all the best next year and I’m so thankful for having the opportunity to play the last six years for Greenville Christian.”