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Heritage defends its win

January 06, 2000

Heritage defends its win: Eagles shut down Bieber for victory; Lady Lions cruise

Heritage over BroadfordingBy JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




After Daniel Bieber scored 20 points during the first half for Broadfording Christian Academy, Heritage Academy coach Bryan Barnes needed to set up a defense to shut him down.

The defense turned out to be so great that it completely shut out Bieber during the second half and the Eagles went on to defeat the Lions 62-48 on Thursday night.

It was the second game of a girls and boys basketball doubleheader at Heritage.

"They set a screen for Daniel Bieber on both sides of the lane in the first half," Barnes said. "We fronted the screener and we switched the screen every time in the second half.

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"We also tried to make him put the ball on the floor, because he is not a very good dribbler. That caused him to make a few turnovers."

Jeremy Savage led the Eagles (6-5) with 20 points. Micah Shatzer scored 13 points, Justin Cline added 12 points and eight rebounds and Jonathan Britton grabbed eight rebounds for Heritage.

Bieber added 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Nathaniel Hirsch dished off 10 assists for the Lions (1-8).

* In the girls game, 6-foot-4 junior center Vanessa Ruffin scored 21 points and Tiffany Tucker added 19 points to lead Broadfording to a 73-32 victory over Heritage. Ruffin and Tucker grabbed seven rebounds each.

"I'm glad that I was able to move in this game," Ruffin said. "The people from the outside were able to get me the ball. I was able to find a few open spots in the back. Everybody was part of our victory. There was no one individual superstar. It was all of us together."

Vennece Fowlkes had 15 points and five steals, while B'nai Holt added eight steals and eight assists for the Lions (10-1).

Amanda Miles led the Eagles (4-7) with 12 points and four assists.

"Vanessa Ruffin just started playing basketball last year," Broadfording coach Dana Gonzales said.

"Every game is a learning experience for Vanessa. B'nai Holt is my little general. She leads the area in assists, because she is unselfish. She brings the whole concept of 'team' to our team."

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