Written by Andrew Riddle
For the second time in three years, the Legacy Christian Academy Knights have captured the Metro Buckeye Conference Championships on the girls’ and the boys’ side of the sport. The Varsity Girls’ Team was able to clinch the championship on February 4th, when they defeated Middletown Christian Eagles on Senior Night by a score of 61-27. The Lady Knights have had another fantastic season. This championship marks the fourth straight conference title for Head Coach Mark Combs, and for the seniors on the team who have been winning championships since their freshman year. Led by Liberty University commit Emma Hess (18.6 ppg) and Taylor University commit Kathleen Ahner (13.8 ppg), the Knights have been able to achieve an 18-3 record on the year, including sweeping all conference opponents going 8-0 in conference play. The Lady Knights clinched a number one seed in the Monroe Sectional and have cruised through their first two games and play the Cedarville Indians in the District Semi-final on Monday, February 22nd.
The Varsity Boys’ Team won their second conference title in three years as they finished their season with a record of 18-4 and a conference record of 11-1. The Knights have had an amazing turnaround since last season, winning 14 more games in the regular season than they won last year. Led by Senior Jonathan Riddle (20.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.6 spg), the Knights have been able to find strong contributions from fellow Senior Charlie Luke (8.5 ppg), Junior Brett Carson (9.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Sophomore Andrew Riddle (8.9 ppg, 2 spg), and Freshman Parker Burke (5.9 ppg, 4 apg). The Knights were able to clinch their conference title on February 5th, when they defeated Middletown Christian 69-54 and Troy Christian lost to Yellow Springs giving the Knights a two-game lead with only one game remaining. The Knights concluded their regular season on Friday, February 12th, with a win against Miami Valley. The Knights earned a number 4 seed in the Troy Sectional and defeated the 6 seeded Emmanuel Christian Lions by a score of 63-46. The Knights advanced to play 5 seeded Franklin Monroe in round two of the OHSAA Tournament on Tuesday, February 23rd.