Quick score: Christ the King 89, Nazareth 74

Bianca Cuevas had 26 points for Nazareth, but it wasn't enough as they lost a tough one to Christ the King on Friday. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Bianca Cuevas had 26 points for Nazareth, but it wasn’t enough as they lost a tough one to Christ the King on Friday. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

In just their second game of the season, the Nazareth girl’s basketball team lost to Christ the King 89-74 in East Flatbush on Friday night as the Kingsmen couldn’t do anything to stop the Duke-bound Sierra Calhoun, who had 28 points for the Royals.

Despite the 15 point difference in the game, it was an extremely close one as the two teams traded baskets with each other throughout most of the game. The only time either team had a real advantage was late in the third quarter when Christ the King went on a 19-4 run. Those 15 points ended up being the difference in the game.

“We could never get over that 10 point hump,” Nazareth coach Ron Kelley said. “Every time we got it down to 10, we couldn’t get that big pass, that big play. I’m disappointed in us defensively. Our kids are depending on the long ball too much and beating people off the dribble instead of playing team basketball.”

Besides that first quarter burst by Christ the King the game was even. Nazareth held a 10-9 lead at the start of CK’s run and it was 63-60 from the start of the second quarter on.

Bianca Cuevas led the Kingsmen with 26 points and Yazmine Belk had 13 points with 11 rebounds.


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