Girls prep basketball: Applewood Christian takes 3rd at nationals

March 23, 2013

=Meredith Crosier had another big game Saturday, and the Applewood Lady Mustangs bounced back for their semifinal loss in the National Christian HomeSchool Basketball Championships in Springfield.

Crosier scored a career-high and school-record 37 points in the Lady Mustangs’ 61-54 win over the Joplin Lions in the third-place game in the varsity girls small-school division.

Topeka (Kan.) Cornerstone beat the Lady Mustangs 65-24 Friday, denying them a chance to repeat as national champions.

Crosier averaged 27 points and 8.5 rebounds in the tournament, including a then-career-high 33 points in a 57-48 win over the Southern Missouri Rush on Thursday.

On Saturday morning, Crosier went 15 of 16 from the free throw line and added six rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Senior Katie Rieckhoff posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Applewood, which finished the season 22-10.

The Lady Mustangs switched to a full-court man-to-man defense in the fourth quarter to take control.

The score was tied at 13 after one quarter, and Joplin led 30-28 at halftime and 45-40 after three quarters.

Meredith and Miranda Crosier, who missed the national tournament after tearing her left ACL, were named to the Oklahoma Regional all-region team.