The South Liberty Baptist Academy and Coastal Christian School boys basketball and girls volleyball squads faced off Jan. 14 in the Waldoboro First Baptist Church gymnasium and, when the night was over, it was the visiting Pioneers who had discovered the winning formula.

The Pioneers swept the host Rams in exciting Athletics for Christian Education League court contests. South Liberty won the basketball game 55-38 and prevailed in the volleyball contest, winning the best-of-three matches 25-15 and 25-17 after losing the first match 25-18.

In the basketball game, which pitted one-loss teams against one another and was for first place in the league’s Northern Division, the Rams tried to play a more methodical style, even holding the ball at times to draw out the Pioneer defense. That kept the pace of the game more to the Rams’ liking. The Pioneers, on the other hand, preferred to push the ball up the court when they could and shoot a bundle of 3-pointers, which they did Friday

South Liberty led 13-12, 33-20 and 48-30 at the quarter breaks.

Pacing the Pioneers were Burt Ludwig with 29 points, Ryan Turffs 14, Ben Daggett 10 and Elijah Curtis two.

For CCS, Jonah Cronkhite netted 15 points, Tony Lombardo 12 and Mason Vermilion 11.

South Liberty pulled out a 79-74 overtime victory over CCS in a December game.

The CCS hoop squad includes Ethan Townsend, Vermilion, Cronkhite, T. Lombardo, Harry Stred, Logan Robitaille, Vinny Lombardo, David Fish, Peter Ochoa, Cameron Allen, Hayden Peaslee, Walker Reed, Jesse Delano, Matthew Nicewonger and Maty Moore.

The South Liberty basketball team, which includes two third-graders as well as a bundle of older players, includes Ludwig, R. Turffs, B. Daggett, Dylan Denman, Will Daggett, Curtis, Joseph Curtis, Tyler Turffs, Aaron Smith, Kyle Turffs and Justin Young.

The CCS volleyball team includes Brittany Brown, Hannah Reed, Samantha Scofield, Miranda Ball, Dorie Nicewonger, Abby Cunningham, Bernadette Lombardo, Harmony Reed, Alyssa Wood, Amanda Beck, Lydia Brown, Kelsey Knof, Alexis Gleason, Christa Sorterup and Natalia Fiallo.

Although the Pioneer squad has other players, those who saw action during Friday’s varsity game, were Nikki Young, Christiane Wadsworth, Lucy Giguere, Abby Daggett, Emily Pelton, Julianna Smith, Adrianna Wadsworth and Dawn Elliott.

Previous Ram hoop games

The Rams improved to 7-1 with a 46-29 victory over the Bucksport Knights Jan. 7.

The Rams were led by Cronkhite and Townsend, who tallied 13 and seven points respectively, to lead seven other Rams in the scoring column. Moore had six points; Robitaille, five; T. Lombardo and Vermilion, four each; V. Lombardo, three; and Peaslee and Nicewonger, two each.

A summary of other CCS hoop games include: Beat Madison 68-22, as Moore scored 16 points and Robitaille 10; defeated South Hope 62-38, as Vermilion dumped in 38 points and Fish six; lost to South Liberty 79-74 in overtime, as Vermilion tallied 27 points and Cronkhite 24; bested Bucksport 51-28, as Vermilion tallied 19 points and Cronkhite nine; defeated Hartland 60-48, as Cronkhite scored 26 points and Vermilion 14; bested Wiscasset 58-44, as Cronkhite netted 17 points and Vermilion 14; downed Madison 41-19, as Moore scored 11 points and C. McLaughlin six; and beat Bucksport 46-29, as Cronkhite scored 13 points and Townsend seven.

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