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Flames sweep Lions in an MDCC doubleheader

January 10, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

Shalom Christian's boys team had its best offensive output of the season in a 67-43 victory over Broadfording Christian Academy after the Flames' girls had their best defensive effort, scoring a 31-17 win over Broadfording, in a Mason Dixon Christian Conference basketball doubleheader Tuesday.

For the first time this season, the Shalom boys team (8-4, 5-2) moved past the 60-point mark, bolstered by a 25-point second quarter, in which the Flames took total control of the Lions.

The flame started to ignite late in the first period, when Tyler Petersheim hit a 3-pointer that gave Shalom the lead for good at 11-10.

With his team leading 21-14, Shalom's Dane Pogue basically sealed Broadfording's fate in a span of less than 45 seconds.

Pogue, one of coach Cedric Roth's bench players, knocked down a 3-pointer from the right wing and then hit back-to-back deuces that gave the Flames a 28-14 lead on the way to a 40-27 halftime advantage.

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"(Pogue) comes in and helped us get over the hump," said Roth. "We've blown a few leads this year, but he kept us going."

The Flames pushed their lead to 20 points for the first time with 4:40 left in the third period on a bucket by the 6-foot-2 Caleb Hussack, who led Shalom with 13 points as 11 players dented the scoring column.

"That's an advantage we can use by using 10 to 12 players," said Roth.

With the return of senior Charlie Shank from ineligibility, the Flames are much stronger in the backcourt, which caused problems for Broadfording.

Shank, a 5-6 guard, scored eight points and had five assists, while 5-7 guard Dustin Draper had 12 points and four assists.

"Their vision of the floor is so good, they have good hands and they always make the extra pass," said Roth.

Broadfording (3-8, 0-7) attempted to halt Hussack on the inside with various zone defenses and was successful early before things got out of hand.

"We did a good job early but (Shalom) began to overload their offense and we didn't respond," said Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz.

"Pogue was instant offense for them and really hurt us at that point of the game," Clutz said.

The Lions, without a senior on their roster, were led by Devin Gourdine's 13 points and 11 from Ethan Reynolds.

"We don't have the depth that Shalom has and we're a very young team," said Clutz.

n Shalom and Broadfording each endured a full quarter without a field goal in the girls opener before the Flames took matters into their own hands with a more productive second half.

Shalom's season-best 17-point defensive effort started with blanks from Broadfording in the opening quarter as the Lions missed their first 10 shots and the Flames took an 8-0 lead.

However, Broadfording hung tough as Shalom (6-6, 4-3) went through its famine, with only a free throw by Alexis Marquiss enabling the Flames to take a 9-8 halftime lead.

"That was some brutal scoring," said Broadfording coach Harry Barnett.

Shalom pulled away in the third quarter, largely due to 5-5 junior guard Wendy Farrow, who gave her team an energized effort in her third game back following ineligibility.

"(Farrow) was the difference in the second half," said Shalom coach Buck Day. "She kept breaking their press and made some good decisions on offense. She's a little rusty but still the difference."

D.J. Ennis had two of her field goals on assists from Farrow that helped stake the Flames to an 18-8 lead midway through the third period. Shalom led 20-13 at the end of the quarter.

Marquiss, playing with four personal fouls, hit a pair of buckets early in the fourth quarter as Shalom doubled up on the Lions, 26-13.

Ennis had eight points and Marquiss had seven for Shalom, which was victorious despite Christina Hussack, one of its leading scorers, being held scoreless.

Broadfording (1-13, 1-6) got five points from Taylor Capshaw and four from Tara Shafer.

"We had some opportunities inside early," said Barnett. "We aren't a good pass-and-cut team and we didn't move well on offense tonight."

Averaging 33 points entering the game, the Lions just didn't shoot well, hitting just 6 of 37.

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