Lions move on, Eagles eliminated in MDCC

February 24, 2003|by JACK HILL III

It was a game of peaks and valleys for Broadfording's girls basketball team.

After getting off to a great start, the Lions hit a dry spell as Calvary Christian briefly took the lead. After that, Broadfording gradually pulled away to defeat the Calvary 55-44 on Friday in a semifinal game of the Mason Dixon Christian Conference Tournament at Grace Academy.

"We were sluggish on the offensive end," Broadfording coach Dana Gonzales said, "but our defense and our foul shooting pulled us through. ... We created some key turnovers during the third quarter off of our half-court trap. We needed to create offense off of our defense, and that led to some easy buckets."

Broadfording (29-4) made 14 of 19 free throws and had 14 steals.

Senior center Natasha Wheeler had 21 points, nine rebounds, eight steals and three blocked shots for Broadfording. Senior guard Dee Brown had 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.


The Lions leaped out to a 14-0 lead during the first 4 1/2 minutes. Calvary (12-10) then went on a 21-6 run during the next 7 1/2 minutes to take a short-lived 21-20 lead with four minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Broadfording outscored Calvary 8-2 during the final four minutes of the period to take the lead for good and hold a 28-23 advantage at halftime. The Lions stretched their lead to 43-31 by the end of the third quarter.

n In a boys' semifinal game, the Faith Christian Academy Falcons (18-3) pulled out a 54-50 victory over the Heritage Academy Eagles (18-8).

"I thought it was a very hard-fought game," Heritage coach Mike Kidd said. "Both teams battled hard. They hit some big shots when they needed to. I am very pleased with our effort tonight."

Kidd thought his team played well despite a big height disadvantage.

"For a team that doesn't start anybody above 5-10, we really contest and we really scrap with everybody," Kidd said. "We were giving up a lot of height to them. We felt that we had to extend the court and pressure the ball to neutralize their height in some ways."

Drew Kidd had 14 points and four assists, while Kenton Shatzer had 12 points and eight rebounds for Heritage. Jonathan Buckley made 10 points and five steals.

Marcus Ballard scored 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers during the second quarter, while Charlie Rodger added 15 points for Faith.

Calvary will play Grace Academy in the girls consolation game at 10 a.m., and Shalom will play Heritage Academy in the boys consolation game at 11:30.

Cumberland Valley Christian will play Broadfording in the girls championship game at 1 p.m., with Faith Christian playing Broadfording in the boys championship game at 2:30.

MDCC Tournament

Girls Semifinal

Broadfording 55, Calvary 44


Wheeler 4, Crump 4, Capper 16, Peters 13, Kennedy 5, Donaldson 2. Totals 20 0-2 44.


Conner 8, Brown 15, Biddle 5, Pinsky 6, Wheeler 21. Totals 20 14-19 55.

Calvary 5 18 8 13 - 44

Broadfording 16 12 15 12 - 55

Three-point goals - Calvary 4 (Peters 3, Kennedy), Broadfording 1 (Biddle).

Boys Semifinal

Faith 54, Heritage 50


Mann 4, Rodger 15, Harrold 9, Ballard 19, Givens 2, Catlett 5. Totals 17 15-21 54.


Buckley 10, Shatzer 12, Kidd 14, Latta 5, B. Sandell 7, Harrell 2. Totals 18 11-18 50.

Faith 10 16 7 21 - 54

Heritage 8 12 7 23 - 50

Three-point goals - Faith 5 (Harrold, Ballard 3, Catlett), Heritage 3 (Buckley 2, Latta).

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