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Blazers turn up heat to collect sweep of Grace

February 12, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Cumberland Valley Christian School swept a Mason Dixon Christian Conference basketball doubleheader from Grace Academy.

The CVCS girls pulled out a 43-33 victory before the Blazers boys dominated with a 68-41 win on Monday night.

Senior point guard Miranda Payne scored 10 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter and pulled down 13 rebounds for CVCS (16-5, 12-1) in the opening game. Payne added four assists and four steals.

"I was a little worried coming in because I only had one contact since I had an eye injury," Payne said. "I tried to penetrate and draw fouls during the fourth quarter. We didn't give up. We started taking it to the basket."

CVCS held a 27-25 lead over Grace (7-14, 6-7) with seven minutes remaining. The Blazers then went on a 10-5 scoring spurt to boost their lead to 37-30 with 4:51 to go, with Payne scoring the last eight points during the stretch. CVCS led by at least six points the rest of the way.

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"Miranda Payne definitely hit some big shots in the fourth quarter," CVCS coach John Shannon said. "We played some tough defense and got some big rebounds in the fourth quarter. I felt like we hung tough. It was a gutsy performance. The girls finished the game strong mentally and physically."

Kim Sensenderfer got seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Blazers. Kendra Myers and Sensenderfer made four steals each for CVCS.

Senior center Kelsie Shaffer had 27 rebounds, 19 points and four blocked shots for Grace, while Megan Everett had three assists and three steals.

"We made 25 turnovers and that killed us," Grace coach Curtis Litten said. "We're maturing as a team. We're peaking at the right time. We're still not playing four quarters of basketball. We're only playing 3 1/2 quarters of basketball. The last four minutes of the fourth quarter killed us."

In the nightcap, CVCS (16-7, 9-4) built a 17-7 lead over Grace (1-19, 0-12) in the first quarter.

It took CVCS a while to put the game out of reach as it only led 42-33 after three quarters.

CVCS put the nail in the coffin by outscoring Grace 26-8 during the fourth quarter.

Charles McBeth collected 18 rebounds and 16 points for the Blazers. Stephen Carroll scored 16 points, while Scott Levy added 14 points and seven rebounds for CVCS, whil Ken Diller grabbed eight rebounds and Josh Peterson had seven rebounds.

Zack Morgan got 13 points and Caleb Serafini hauled in nine rebounds for the Knights.

Grace had a disappointing 8-for-24 performance from the foul line.

"We started out good," CVCS assistant coach Paul Lundy said. "During the middle quarters, we had trouble getting good. I thought we played well in spurts, but not consistently throughout the game. We started to put it together in the fourth quarter. Charles McBeth played a tremendous inside game. He rebounded real well for us."

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