Lions Classic tips off Tri-State area prep basketball season

November 20, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Tri-State area high school basketball season kicked off Monday with the Lions Classic at Broadfording Christian Academy.

In the boys games, St. James beat Grace Academy 78-15 and Broadfording defeated Front Royal (Va.), 86-68.

In the girls games, St. Maria Goretti beat Heritage Academy 45-23 and Broadfording defeated Grace Academy, 45-35.

Today, Grace Academy will face Heritage Academy in the girls consolation game at 3:30 p.m., before Front Royal takes on Grace Academy in the boys consolation game at 5. In the championship games, St. Maria Goretti will face Broadfording for the girls title at 6:30 and St. James takes on Broadfording for the boys crown at 8.

The St. James boys were led by junior guard Mike Russ' 25 points.

"The coach has been working with me over the summer on my shooting form," Russ said. "I came out focused."

Brad Kretzer had 10 points for St. James.


"The intensity that we brought on defense spoke for itself," Saints coach Mike Brooks said. "Mike Russ has really made the commitment and the sacrifice to be one of the best players in the area."

The Broadfording boys used a well-balanced scoring attack and a fast-break style to topple Front Royal.

Armondo Miller had 26 points, Devan Gourdine and Ethan Reynolds scored 15 points each and Steven Economes added 12 points for the Lions.

"We are not a large team," Broadfording coach Bernie Clutz said. "Our tallest man is 6-2, so we try to play as much up-tempo as possible."

Matt McGuirk led Front Royal with 24 points.

The St. Maria Goretti girls built a 10-0 lead in the first 7:30 and led by at least eight points the rest of the way.

Sarah Spierenburg and Carissa Grove led the Gaels with 12 points each. Spierenburg added six blocks and six rebounds, while Grove got eight rebounds. Erica DiMercurio had nine points and four steals for Goretti.

"We came out a little flat, but we picked it up off of our defense," Gaels coach Todd Rideout said. "That led to some easy baskets."

Bri Dorsey topped Heritage Academy with eight points and seven rebounds.

The Broadfording girls snapped a 21-21 tie with Grace Academy with a 10-2 run to take a 31-23 lead at the end of three quarters, and they stayed in control during the fourth.

Taylor Capshaw scored 13 points and Amber Grimm added 10 for the Lions. Emily Stransky and Katie Connally had nine points each.

"I was pleased with the hustle," Broadfording coach Harry Barnett said. "The effort was excellent."

Kelsie Shaffer tallied 17 points and Megan Everett added 10 for Grace.

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