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Heritage girls win

Knights drop a pair

November 21, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Heritage Academy girls basketball team beat Grace Academy 42-32 and Front Royal (Va.) routed Grace 74-32 in boys action during Tuesday's Lions Classic consolation games at Broadfording Christian Academy.

In the girls game, Grace (0-2) led 21-20 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Bri Dorsey then made a steal and layup to put Heritage ahead to stay. Dorsey's basket started a 7-1 run for the Eagles to close out the third quarter as they built a 27-22 advantage.

"In the third quarter, our defense stepped up," Heritage coach Ed Dorsey said. "That is when we took control of the game. We were very aggressive on the defensive end, and we attacked well. Our rebounding was the other key. Caroline (Clark) and Bri (Dorsey) hit the boards real well. We had some key points off of transition."

The Eagles scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 32-22. The Knights (0-2) didn't get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

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Andrea Clark scored a team-high 11 points for Heritage (1-1). Caroline Clark pulled down 15 rebounds, Dorsey hauled in 13 rebounds and Rebekah Clarke made five steals for the Eagles.

Kelsie Shaffer had team-high totals of 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Knights.

"Kelsie Shaffer is showing a lot of good senior leadership right now," Grace coach Curtis Litten said. "She is providing about half of our production right now. The inexperience is showing since we are playing with seven freshmen. It is a big jump from eighth grade to the varsity level in high school."

In the boys game, center Elijah Young had 23 points, Matt McGuirk scored 20 and Luke Nyman added 12 points for Front Royal (1-1), which never trailed.

Noah King scored 12 points, while Zack Morgan had five rebounds and three steals for Grace (0-2).

"Elijah Young was too strong for us," Grace coach John Basore said. "We just couldn't contain him. He had a lot of ability. We have a very young team this year. We are also inexperienced, which doubles it. We made a lot of turnovers in both of our first two games. We just have a lot of learning to do. We are going to start from scratch this year."

"It's always nice to win," Front Royal coach Harry McMahon said. "The boys worked really hard. We try to win with humility and lose with integrity. It was a nice tournament. Defense was the key to today's win. We were able to run the offense well. They ran the plays just as we did on the chalkboard."

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