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Shalom girls, Broadfording boys cruise in MDCC split

January 09, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Broadfording Christian Academy Lions and the Shalom Flames split a Mason Dixon Christian Conference basketball doubleheader Tuesday night.

Shalom won the girls game 42-19, followed by Broadfording's 64-40 victory in the boys game.

During the girls game, Shalom (6-6, 4-2) did not give up a single field goal to Broadfording (6-8, 4-1) in the first half and led 16-2 at halftime.

"We knew they struggled bringing the ball up the floor, so we just tried to pressure their guards," Shalom coach Buck Day said. "We just wanted to keep the pace of the game fast, so we could get some easy buckets. We struggle some in the half-court set part of the game. I was real proud of our girls. Once we got up, we stayed hungry and we stayed after it."

Sophomore forward Alexis Marquiss scored 11 of her game-high 13 points during the first three quarters as Shalom's lead grew to 28-7. Marquiss completed her all-around performance with eight rebounds, six steals and three assists.

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Olivia Grove and Christinia Hussack hauled in seven rebounds each for Shalom. Wendy Farrow made four steals, while Grove added four assists and two steals for the Flames.

Charlotte Worsfold pulled down nine rebounds and Emily Stransky grabbed six rebounds for the Lions. Katie Connolly was Broadfording's top scorer with seven points.

"We had 30 turnovers and that is 30 opportunities that we didn't get to shoot the ball," Broadfording coach Harry Barnett said. "That is entirely too many. The girls put forth the effort. We have a young team, so this is a learning process for us. Shalom is probably one of the best teams in the conference. They played good defense."

In the boys game, Shalom (8-4, 4-2) got the first basket and then Broadfording (7-6, 5-1) scored 11 straight points and led 17-5 by the end of the first quarter.

The Lions outscored the Flames 20-9 during the second quarter to stretch their lead to 37-14 at halftime.

"We have lost one of our best players, Ethan Reynolds, for the year because of mononucleosis," Broadfording coach Bernie Clutz said. "This gives the young kids an opportunity to step up. I think we did just that tonight. Our defensive tenacity and our aggressiveness are what got us to really play well. I am proud of the effort. We had very balanced scoring. We had 10 players hit the scoring column tonight. Balanced scoring comes from unselfishness."

Armondo Miller had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Devin Gourdine had 13 points and five assists for Broadfording. Steven Economes grabbed seven rebounds, Anthony Borum added six rebounds and Gabe Hirsch had four steals and four assists for the Lions.

Matt Horner led Shalom with 13 points. Nathaniel Raber had four steals and four assists for the Flames.

"Broadfording is just a much better team than ours at this point," Shalom coach Cedric Roth said. "Their guards are much quicker and they can shoot the ball better. They shot the ball incredibly well in the first half."

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