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Broadfording sweeps Heritage

January 16, 2002

Broadfording sweeps Heritage



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


Broadfording senior Vanessa Ruffin has already signed to play women's basketball at the University of Maryland, and she's playing like a Division I prospect.

Ruffin, a 6-foot-4 senior center, finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and five steals to help the No. 10 Lions run away with a 61-34 victory over the Heritage Academy Eagles on Tuesday night at Broadfording.

"It helps to get a big lead early in the game," Ruffin said. "It helps us to relax. I have been doing very well. I have been more patient with my shots and I have been looking for some open players. We have got Dee Brown at point guard and that makes things a lot easier for us. She makes things happen. Natasha Wheeler helps out with the points and the rebounds on the inside."

Ruffin is averaging 20.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game for the Lions (14-3).

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Broadfording coach Dana Gonzales had plenty of praise for his players.

"Vanessa Ruffin had a good all-around game scoring and rebounding," Gonzales said. "Dee Brown makes everybody go with her penetration, passing and stealing. We wanted to run and we wanted to play pressure defense."

Brown had 17 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and five steals for the Lions. Wheeler scored 14 points, Jessica Biddle dished off six assists and Tina Conner made five steals for the Lions.

Heather Stamper collected 13 rebounds and five steals, while Whitney Schlimgen scored 11 points for the Eagles (4-7).

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Broadfording (10-10) won the boys game, 65-43.

Junior point guard Calvin Berry scored a game-high 20 points for the Lions.

"It was a good team victory," Berry said. "We used our man-to-man pressure defense and we got a lot of steals. We were working the ball around and we were hitting a lot of shots. We ran the fast-break offense and we made a lot of layups."

Sean Moore added 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Carl Nicholson also scored 14 points for the Lions.

"Calvin Berry has been playing well for us all year," Broadfording coach George Nunn said. "He always gets the tough defensive assignments, because he is our top defensive player. We knew that Drew Kidd is a good point guard. We knew that if we could take him out of his game by pressuring him, then we would have a chance to win."

No. 10 Broadfording 61 Heritage Academy 34



Girls

HERITAGE ACADEMY (34)

Daley 4, Lourdon 9, Heather Stamper 8, Schlimgen 11, Heidi Stamper 2. Totals 14 3-14 34.

BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (61)

Ruffin 24, Biddle 4, T. Conner 2, Brown 17, Wheeler 14. Totals 30 0-3 61.

Heritage 67714-34

Broadfording 20171410-61

Three-point goals: Heritage 3 (Schlimgen 3), Broadfording 1 (Brown).

Broadfording 65 Heritage Academy 43



Boys

HERITAGE ACADEMY (43)

Grove 13, Shatzer 12, Kidd 8, Ellis 2, Johns 7, Harrell 1. Totals 16 9-12 43.

BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (65)

Nicholson 14, Moore 14, Berry 20, Hartman 2, Rubeck 4, Yeager 1, Lytle 1, Bishop 9. Totals 24 13-25 65.

Heritage 812914-43

Broadfording 16192010-65

Three-point goals: Heritage 2 (Grove 2), Broadfording 4 (Nicholson, Moore, Berry, Bishop).

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