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Broadfording, Faith split doubleheader

January 03, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The Broadfording Christian Academy Lions split a pair basketball games with the Faith Christian Academy on Thursday night.

Broadfording's girls got things started with a 54-19 win before Faith's boys evened the score with a 70-61 victory.

In the opener, senior guard Jessica Biddle scored 19 points for Broadfording (11-4), matching Faith's team total.

"I feel good about the victory," Biddle said. "I think that we played pretty good defense. I was able to score a lot of my points off of the fast break. We worked well together. Nobody was selfish. I think that if we play the way that we are supposed to play, then we can keep winning."

Dee Brown finished with 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds, while Tina Conner added eight rebounds and four steals for Broadfording.

Broadfording pulled down 36 rebounds, including 13 offensive boards, and added 19 assists and 11 steals.

"We did a better job of rebounding than usual," Broadfording coach Dana Gonzales said. "We have been stressing boxing out and getting off of our feet for rebounds. I think that we did a good job of distributing the ball. It was more of a team effort by us tonight. No one individual stood out. I thought that we did pretty good defensively."

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Reserve forward Rachel Garletts led Faith with 10 points and eight rebounds.

In the boys' game, Faith led 43-41 after three quarters before outscoring the Lions 27-20 in the final eight minutes.

"I was pleased with the unselfishness of our team," Faith coach Brian Hobbs said. "We passed up a good shot to get a great shot. Our shooting really came around in the second half. The extra pass gets the guy so wide open that it is such an easy shot."

Ben Mann had 19 points and six assists, while Matt Harrold scored 16 points for Faith (6-1).

Eric Longerbeam got 15 points and nine assists for Broadfording (11-4). Sean Moore added 15 points and Andre Weeks had 12 points for the Lions.

"I thought that we played hard and smart for the first half of the game," Broadfording coach George Nunn said. "But when you turn the ball over 20 times with very little pressure, you can't beat anybody. I counted 16 points that we gave up off of uncontested layups and 12 points off of offensive rebounds. They took the ball to the hole, which made it very difficult for us to win."

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