The Madison Christian Academy Knights recently completed their 2020-21 season by winning the Kentucky Christian School Athletic Association Division III Basketball Championship.
The tournament took place at the Rocky Hollow Sports Complex in Somerset. The first round was on Tuesday, March 23, with the semifinals and championship game taking place on Friday, March 26.
In the first round, the Knights took on Annville Christian Academy. MCA rolled to a 69-21 victory behind a balanced offensive performance. Eli Stratton led the Knights with 18 points, while Josh McClary added 15 points. Also reaching double figures for the Knights was Noah Watson, who tallied 10 points in the victory.
The Knights took on Landmark Christian Academy (Louisville) in the semifinals. Stratton powered MCA to a 46-40 victory with 21 points.
In the championship game, Madison defeated Nelson County Baptist School, 53-46, behind 24 points from Stratton and 14 points from Watson.
McClary and Watson were both named to the All-Tournament team, while Stratton was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The Knights finished their season with a record of 16-9
“I was so proud of the way the boys battled through adversity all season," coach Neal Settle said. "We started practice back in the early fall with numerous COVID-19 restrictions. Despite the odd start to the year, the boys stepped up to each challenge they were faced with. Our two seniors, Walter Stratton and Ethan Anderson, both provided tremendous leadership for our team both on and off the court all season. Our goal from the start of the season was to end the year with a championship, and because of their hard work and dedication we were able to make that goal a reality.”
The team is coached by Settle, who is in his second season as head coach, along with assistants Steve Spencer (third season) and Ethan Abney (first season).
Madison Christian Academy is a homeschool group in Richmond that was founded by Melinda Lawrence in 2001. Lawrence serves as the Administrator and Athletic director, as well as head volleyball coach.