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The International Sports Academy boys basketball team completes its four-peat of the New Penn Christian Conference.

COVID-19 never thwarted the dominance of the boys and girls varsity basketball teams from Jamestown in the New Penn Christian Conference.

The boys varsity basketball team from the International Sports Academy won its fourth consecutive conference championship by defeating Crawford Christian Academy of Meadville 61-45 in Oil City, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 26.

The girls varsity basketball team won its third consecutive NPCC title with a thrilling 38-35 victory over Christian Life Academy the same day.

The ISA teams were club teams that developed during the COVID pandemic and were allowed to compete in the NPCC because of their connection with Bethel Baptist Christian Academy in 2020-21 and Chautauqua Christian Academy in 2021-22.

BBCA officially changed its name this year with a new vision for private education in the region. The BBCA Defenders boys varsity won NPCC titles in 2019 and 2020. The BBCA Lady Defenders won in 2020. Both teams went undefeated in the shortened COVID season last year.

The International Sports Academy girls basketball completed a three-peat of the New Penn Christian Conference.

With its fourth consecutive conference title, the ISA boys varsity team connected to BBCA and now CCA, has beaten the three prominent Pennsylvania schools with NPCC varsity basketball teams: Bethel Christian School of Erie in 2019, CLA of Oil City in 2020 and 2021, and CCA-Meadville. Each championship title game was decided by double digits.

On Feb. 26, Andrew Ryan had 29 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots while James Nixon had 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the game that ISA never trailed. Brady Smart chipped in 5 points and four steals, and Conner Younger added seven rebounds and three assists. Kenton Dahlin had a 3-pointer, and James Carpenter and Sam Cessna each scored a bucket. Kyle Dahlin converted a free throw for 1 point.

The title game, which was held at Venango Catholic School in Oil City, got only as close as five points at one time in the third quarter. A key basket was made by an ISA Ambassadors player whenever it was needed. Additionally, Ryan or Younger grabbed a key rebound to stop an offensive possession by the Chargers. Several of Ryan’s six offensive rebounds were converted into baskets or free throws.

The Chargers were led in scoring by Stuart Hochstetler’s 15 points, Allen Miller’s 11 points and Jay Hemlock’s 10 points. The Chargers had 11 3-pointers in the game to ISA’s seven.

The ISA team was 22-1 on the season heading into the largest Christian school basketball tournament in the nation at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio between March 3-5. Since the 2018-19 basketball season, the BBCA Defenders and ISA Ambassadors teams are 98-9. Both ISA teams went 1-2 at the tournament in Ohio. The ISA Lady Ambassadors were the smallest team in their pool. They defeated a team from Pottstown, Pennsylvania 51-40. The boys defeated a team from Phoenix, Arizona 73-69 that was an Arizona small school state champion and state runner-up in consecutive seasons.

Prior to the start of the season, Chautauqua Christian Academy hired a new principal, Scot Stutzman, to support a new vision for private education in our region, inclusive of academics and athletics. In only a few short months CCA, through its shared vision, has taken significant steps in providing families with a high-quality alternative to public education. This fall, CCA — through a partnership with a prominent college — will offer college credit classes to its high school students. This, in addition to growth in curriculum, is aimed at ensuring CCA graduates are college and career ready.

The girls championship game was back and forth the entire second half. ISA’s determination and execution at the end proved pivotal when it was down 33-32 with 2:10 to play. Riley Pascoe took an inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the floor and passed to Malorie Ryan for a quick layup with 2:04 to play and a 34-33 ISA lead. A little over 30 seconds later, Taylor Pascoe sliced through the CLA Lady Eagles defense for another layup with 1:31 to play and a 36-33 lead.

CLA scored a basket with under a minute to play to make it a one-point game 36-35. With about 40 seconds to play, ISA had an inbounds pass in front of the CLA bench. As players released, Malorie Ryan took the inbounds pass and passed the ball to Taylor Pascoe who passed to Riley Pascoe for a third layup in this time span and the final score of 38-35.

Taylor Pascoe had 13 points and five rebounds; Malorie Ryan had 8 points, nine rebounds and nine steals; Calista Kester had 7 points, six rebounds and three steals; Riley Pascoe had 6 points, three assists and two steals; and Ashlyn Smith had 4 points and five rebounds.

The leading scorer for the CLA Lady Eagles was Libby Kolesar with a game-high 20 points.

In the semifinal games Feb. 25, the Lady Ambassadors defeated CCA-Meaville 44-11, and the ISA boys varsity defeated Bethel Christian of Erie 83-25.


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