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Grace uses late runs to sweep Heritage

February 01, 2000|By JACK HILL III

Grace Academy made a habit of waiting to the last minute to make an impression.

Grace put together potent second halves to pull away from Heritage Academy for a sweep of Tuesday's boy-girl Mason-Dixon Christian Conference doubleheader.

The girls scored 32 points in the final 16 minutes to pull away to a 46-37 victory while the boys used 35 second-half points to build a 65-52 win.

In the boys game, Grace (15-1, 7-1) held a 51-44 lead over Heritage (10-9, 5-3) with 6 minutes, 20 seconds remaining. Sophomore Josh Barnhart boosted the Trojans' lead by scoring seven straight points with two 3-pointers and a free throw to raise the lead to 58-44 with 4:39 to go.

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After that, the Trojans led by at least nine points for the rest of the way.

"It wasn't one of our better victories," Grace Academy coach J.D. Cardwell said. "It is hard to come back after a long break because of the snow. We have only had one practice in the last two weeks."

Barnhart finished with 18 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and seven rebounds. Mark Koontz scored 18 points, while Caleb Hill added 11 points and seven assists for the Trojans. Nathan Sweeney grabbed eight rebounds and Jacob Marquis dished off four assists for Grace Academy.

Micah Shatzer scored 24 points, including 10-for-11 from the foul line, and seven rebounds for Heritage Academy. Jonathan Britton grabbed eight rebounds for the Eagles.

In the girls game, Heritage (5-14, 1-7) led Grace (11-5, 6-2) by an 18-14 margin at halftime. The Trojans then outscored the Eagles 32-19 during the second half to come from behind and get the win.

Sarah Conner scored 14 of her 18 points and Liz Rock had nine of her 11 points in the second half for Grace Academy. Conner also added nine rebounds and five steals, while Rock made four steals. Freshman Lauren Durbin grabbed nine rebounds, while Stephanie Anthony had seven rebounds for the Trojans.

Allison Leasure led Heritage Academy with 12 points and eight steals. Amanda Miles dished off nine assists, Brittaney Selby grabbed seven rebounds and Dana Henson made five steals for the Eagles.

"That was a huge victory for us, because we had lost our previous three games," Grace Academy coach Greg Henry said. "The big thing is that the girls played with confidence."

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