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Bailey scores 1500th point in Final 4

THE GRACE CHRISTIAN LADY COUGARS, the Panhandle Christian Conference runners-up, include senior Brock Bailey, juniors Abbey Smith, Caylin Walsingham, Emma Heard, Jocelyn Jacobs, Leah Smith and Stephanie Mills, sophomore Christy Colvin, freshman Rachel Harrell, eighth-graders Hannah Wynn and Shelby Woodrum and seventh-graders Emilee Murr, Kelsey Harrell and Perra Harrell and Rhaegan Henderson.

Coach Mike Harrell’s Grace Christian Academy Lady Cougars basketball team dropped a 60-56 decision to the Central Christian School Saints of Robertsdale, Ala., in the championship game of the Panhandle Christian Conference Final 4 Tournament.

The game, played Saturday, February 19 at Aletheia Christian School in Pensacola, Fla., featured Brock Bailey scoring her 1500th career point in the first quarter. Bailey, a senior, has 1517 career points, the second highest in school history. She can still add to that total.

Grace Christian’s girls, who are now 20-8 on the season, will compete in the National Association of Christian Athletes’ Division III girls basketball tournament, to be held March 8-12 in Dayton, Tenn.

To get to the championship game, Grace’s girls defeated S.L. Jones Christian Academy of Pensacola. In the semifinal game, Brock had 19 points, Rachel Harrell had 15 points and Emma Heard had 10.

In the championship game, the Lady Cougars took the lead early, jumping out front 13-9 at the end of the first quarter.

Each team scored 17 second quarter points and the half ended with the Lady Cougars out front 30-26.

The Saints outscored the Lady Cougars 11-9 in the third quarter and went to the fourth quarter behind 39-37.

The Saints then outscored the Lady Cougars 23-17 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.

Leading scorers for the Lady Cougars were Brock with 20 points, including four three-pointers, Heard with 11, Harrell with eight and Christy Colvin with seven.

Lady Cougars shine at All-Star game

Grace’s Rachel Harrell was the most valuable player of the Panhandle Christian Conference girls’ All-Star game, held Feb. 26 at Emmanuel Christian School in Dothan, Ala. The Eastern Panhandle All-Star team defeated the Western Panhandle team 56-31.

Harrell had 20 points, leading all scorers.

Bailey won the All-Star three-point competition, followed by Grace’s Jocelyn Jacobs in second place.