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Heritage puts a Stamper on opening victory

November 30, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Heritage Academy boys won their season-opening game Thursday night, beating Broadfording Christian Academy 56-44 in the second half of a Mason Dixon Christian Conference doubleheader at Heritage.

Hamilton Stamper dominated the inside for Heritage, just missing a triple-double. The 6-foot-5 senior center had 20 rebounds, 10 points and eight blocked shots.

"Our team plays tough defense, so I just stay inside and help out on the glass," Stamper said. "I don't look at my individual stats; I just pretty much contribute whatever I can to the team."

Heritage coach Mike Kidd was pleased with the work of his players.

"Hamilton is our only big guy," Kidd said. "We need him to control the boards and he did that tonight. I thought that we had a great effort and we showed a lot of intensity. We got a lot of contributions from people coming off of the bench."

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Steven Barthalow scored six of his game-high 17 points in the final four minutes of the third quarter to spark a 10-3 run and help the Eagles (1-0) take the lead for good at 39-36.

Barthalow added seven assists, six rebounds and five steals for Heritage. Cody Butts had 12 points and six assists.

Ethan Reynolds scored 10 points and Armondo Miller grabbed eight rebounds for Broadfording (2-2).

"We were outhustled from the opening tip to the final horn," Broadfording coach Bernie Clutz said. "We played soft and slow."

In the girls game, Heritage stayed within striking distance despite having only five players available for the game, but the Lions eventually wore down the Eagles on the way to a 33-23 victory.

"Our goal is to keep the other team from scoring more than 10 points a quarter," Broadfording coach Harry Barnett said. "If we can hold a team to 40 points or less, we have a good chance of winning the game."

Amber Grimm scored nine points, Hannah Young pulled down seven rebounds and Emily Stransky grabbed six rebounds for the Lions (3-1).

Bri Dorsey had game-high totals of 15 rebounds, 11 points and five steals for the Eagles (1-2). Caroline Clark, Andrea Clark and Ruth Clarke added seven rebounds apiece for the Eagles.

"We had to balance our girls' energy between playing hard and not getting tired," Heritage coach Ed Dorsey said. "Our girls did a good job of it. Broadfording did a good job of keeping the pressure on us."

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