KCA falls to 1-2 under new coach, Georgetown's Williams

Callaway, MD- It’s been two seasons since the King’s Christian Academy (KCA) went 21-1 and walked through the Maryland Christian Schools Basketball Tournament to bring the championship back to Callaway. Since then the Eagles had a disappointing follow-up season, falling in the MISAL semifinals to Southern Maryland Christian Academy 66-59. KCA finished the 2017-18 season 6-14 and graduated three seniors including forward Jalen Sauls who led the team in scoring.

The 2018-19 season is now underway and along with it comes new coaches Reggie Williams and Chanda Norton for KCA. Williams is taking over for John Somerville and cousin/interim head coach Blaine Somerville. The Dunkirk resident played for Georgetown in the ’80s, helping the Hoyas win a championship his freshman year in 1984. He was then taken fourth overall in the 1987 NBA draft, playing 10 seasons with six different teams. The credentialed head coach is joined by assistant Norton who is the school’s first-ever female to coach men’s basketball.

The team started the season with a win at Patuxent but have lost their last two games, including their home opener against Lanham Christian. The Eagles began the game strong, going up 8-1 early before Lanham rallied back to cut the lead to 10-12 with two minutes left in the first period. KCA retained their lead into the second but that’s when things began to fall apart. Things began to click for the Lions and they pulled away in the second period, never looking back. Lanham went into the half up 28-42 and they would hold onto that lead the rest of the game, winning 79-51. Caleb Towns (Jr.) led KCA with 17 points, seniors Jaden Johnson had 11 and Chris Christian had 10. Johnson is the Eagles' starting point guard and he got into foul trouble early, limiting his minutes.

“It was tough, we started off in the first five minutes we got up 8-1 and then we kind of backed down. We didn’t keep our fire,” Williams stated after the game. Norton added, “we know what we’ve got to work on. It should be uphill from here.” Williams' expectation of his players each week is “just to get better in all aspects of the game.” Both coaches will be looking to their seniors, Chris Christian, Jaden Johnson, Justus Sewell and Kenneth Russell to lead the team and, hopefully, “light a fire under the rest of the team.”

The team fell to 1-2 on the season following a road loss to Northern Friday, 55-63. The Eagles next game is home on Tuesday, Dec. 11, against winless Spencerville Adventist Academy.. Tip-off is at 5 p.m.

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