Crusaders make their mark on SCISA-GISA all-star games

Mar 12 Written by  MONTE DUTTON

When Laurens Academy won the South Carolina Independent Schools (SCISA) Class A championship in girls' basketball, Jason Marlett wasn't through coaching, and Taylor Campbell and Joshua Moore weren't through playing.

Marlett has spent the past two weekends coaching all-star games. Ruthie Moore and Blair Quarles joined Campbell with Marlett's victorious North team in the SCISA North-South Game on March 3, and on Saturday, Marlett coached this state's team in the all-star game matching SCISA against GISA (Georgia Independent Schools Association) game in Augusta, Ga.

Georgia got off to a hot start. Marlett's South Carolina couldn't get closer than 10-12 points and succumbed, 103-86.

Moore played in the boys' game, a 97-84 South Carolina victory, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Campbell's six assists led her team. She also had three points, three rebounds and two steals.

"It was humbling to coach these 10 girls in their final high school game," Marlett said of the GISA-SCISA game. "Four of them are going on to play college basketball, obviously including Taylor (Campbell, who earned a scholarship to Newberry). For the others, this was their last organized game in uniform. A couple others are playing softball at the next level.

"For me, it was emotional knowing that it was my last opportunity to coach Taylor. On the drive down, Coach (Sandy) Moore and I were calculating the number of games I have coached Taylor since seventh grade. We came up with a number of 160 regular season and playoff games, combined. She has been my point guard in each one. She never missed a game, and our record has been 122-38. I think she’s a winner in more ways than one. I will truly miss being her coach."

The Lady Crusaders went 31-1 en route to the first girls' basketball state championship in the school's history.

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