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BCA Lions take their brooms to Grace

December 05, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Broadfording Christian Academy Lions went to Grace Academy on Tuesday night and got a pair of Mason Dixon Christian Conference basketball victories over the Knights.

Broadfording came out on top 38-33 in the girls game and completed the sweep with a 62-20 win in the boys game.

The Broadfording boys (3-2, 1-1) posted a pair of 15-point quarters in the first half and a pair of 16-point quarters in the second half. Broadfording's defense did not allow Grace (0-4, 0-2) to score more than five points in any quarter, except for a nine-point second period.

The Lions controlled the game from the start, jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes.

"We came out and we were very aggressive defensively, which led to a lot of basket opportunities," Broadfording coach Bernie Clutz said. "I thought our strong point of the game was our hustle."

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Ethan Reynolds, a 6-foot-2 senior center, had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Broadfording. Armondo Miller had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Devin Gourdine scored 10 point, Gabe Hirsch added five steals and three assists and Peter Cradduck blocked three shots for the Lions.

Chris Reiff led the Knights with nine points.

"They're just a better team," Grace coach John Basore said. "We're really inexperienced. We didn't take care of the ball and we didn't box out. We missed so many shots in the first half."

In the girls game, Broadfording (4-1, 2-0) built a 31-20 lead with 38 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Grace (1-3, 1-1) cut its deficit down to 38-33 with 2:03 to go in the fourth quarter. But that would be as close as the Knights as both teams went scoreless the rest of the way.

"It was a good win," Broadfording coach Harry Barnett said. "Our defensive game came through. We let it get a little closer than we liked. But the girls kept their composure and that is what we look for. We are off to a good start and I am proud of the girls' effort."

Emily Stransky had 16 rebounds and nine points, Taylor Capshaw scored 11 points and Amber Grimm made eight steals for the Lions.

Kelsie Shaffer had 11 rebounds and 11 points, while Megan Everett added 10 rebounds for the Knights.

"The old adage that turnovers will kill you is true," Grace coach Curtis Litten said. "We made 33 turnovers and you just can't win ballgames with that."

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