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Broadfording girls thankful for Doub Classic

December 31, 1999

Doub ClassicBy JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: YVETTE MAY / staff photographer




WILLIAMSPORT - The Broadfording Christian Academy girls basketball team has a funny way of saying thanks.

The Lions got invited to play in the 13th annual Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic and took home the hardware.

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Broadfording scored 11 straight points in the third quarter to pull out a 52-41 victory over Boonsboro Thursday night at Williamsport High School.

"It feels good," Broadfording coach Dana Gonzales said. "The important thing is that we found a way to win. It was a good opportunity for us to be here in this tournament and we appreciate it."

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Williamsport beat Flintstone 65-30 in the consolation game of the doubleheader.

Elizabeth Smith opened the second half with a basket to put Boonsboro (2-4) on top, 27-26.

But Broadfording (9-1) followed with its 11-point string to take the lead for good at 37-27 with 2:24 remaining in the period. Seven of those 11 points came from 6-foot-4 junior center Vanessa Ruffin, who scored a team-high 16 points for the Lions.

From that point on, the Warriors did not cut the Lions' lead to less than eight points.

Vennece Fowlkes had 14 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and five assists for Broadfording while Tiffany Tucker added 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals. B'nai Holt contributed seven assists and Ashley Mason had five assists and four steals for the Lions.

Smith led Boonsboro with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Morgan Main added six assists and Mandy Poole made four steals for the Warriors.

"I thought that we played one of our better games against one of the best teams in the area," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "They work the ball inside well."

Weimer was the story of the consolation game. The Wildcats' junior guard scored 19 of her game-high 22 points during the first 12:15 of the game to give Williamsport (6-1) a commanding 36-13 lead over Flintstone (3-5). Weimer canned five 3-pointers during the stretch.

"Brooke was shooting the ball real well," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "That is good for her and that is good for us."

The all-tournament team consisted of Fowlkes and Tucker (Broadfording), Weimer and Stephanie Ritchie (Williamsport) and Smith (Boonsboro).

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