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Eagles lay a goose egg in sweep of Blazers

January 21, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Entering Tuesday night's Mason Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball showdown, Heritage Academy and Cumberland Valley Christian had combined for as many league losses as the number of points the Eagles went on to score in the second quarter.

Zero.

Undaunted, Heritage started the second half by making three 3-pointers in the first 2:43 to take the lead, stretched it to as many as 13 points, then held on for a 45-39 victory over the Blazers.

The victory completed a Heritage sweep. Earlier in the evening, the Eagles girls raced to an easy 51-26 victory.

n In the boys game, Heritage (12-2, 7-0) went 0-for-11 from the field, missed the front end of two 1-and-1 opportunities and was outrebounded 14-4 in a disastrous second quarter in which CVCS (12-3, 4-1) took a 20-14 lead.

But in the third, Aaron Clark scored all six of his points on two quick 3-pointers and Andrew Hendershot knocked down another 3 -- one of four on the night as he netted 16 points -- as the Eagles got back on track.

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Heritage turned the defense up as well, taking advantage of a handful of Blazers turnovers and converting them into transition baskets to increase the lead to 41-28 with about four minutes left.

"We finally started hitting some things in the third quarter," Eagles coach Mike Kidd said. "Clark squared up and hit those two 3s, and then we started pushing the ball a little more."

Kidd nearly lived to regret telling his team to "hold the ball" in the last four minutes in an effort to run out the clock. Heritage turned down several opportunities to score in close, instead dribbling or kicking the ball back out, and a couple of turnovers sparked a late 11-0 CVCS run to close to 41-39 with 13 seconds left.

"We got a little too conservative, and that was my fault," Kidd admitted. "At the end, when we allowed them to get back into it, we had to make some plays and thankfully we hit some foul shots."

Cody Butts swished a pair of freebies with 12 seconds left to reopen a four-point lead, and after Nick Bunting missed a 3 -- one of only a few he missed on the way to a superb 30-point night -- Andrew Harrell sank two more free throws with 3 seconds left to ice it.

"Our team offense struggled, and that's a credit to Heritage's defense," Blazers coach Dan Larson said. "(Aside from Bunting), we just didn't get any offensive support from any other players. We had other open shots, we just didn't make them."

Two of the Blazers' three losses have come against the Eagles, who also earned a 52-34 victory in the Maryland School for the Deaf Tournament on Jan. 2.

n Morgan McIntire scored 26 points and the Heritage Academy girls did what they do best -- convert steals into transition layups -- to run the Blazers out of their own gym.

"I thought they did well, and at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second, that's when they really went on a roll," said Dana Henson, Heritage's junior high coach who was filling in for the absent Ed Dorsey. "I coached them all before. It was extremely neat to see how they've developed as players now that they're older and have improved so much."

Brianna Dorsey added 10 points and eight steals for the Eagles (13-2, 8-1). Christine Walker led CVCS (8-5, 4-3) with 11 points.

Boys
Heritage 45, CVCS 39
HERITAGE ACADEMY (12-2, 7-0)

Hendershot 16, Butts 6, Harrell 9, Barthalow 8, Clark 6. Totals 16 6-11 45.
CUMB. VALLEY CHRISTIAN (12-3, 4-1)
Bunting 30, Sanders 2, Watson 4, Larson 2, Propet 1. Totals 14 6-11 39.
Heritage 14 0 19 12 -- 45
CVCS 8 12 6 13 -- 39

3-point goals -- Heritage 7 (Hendershot 4, Harrell, Clark 2), CVCS 5 (Bunting 5). Fouled out -- CVCS 2 (Larson, Rosenbaum).

Girls
Heritage 51, CVCS 26
HERITAGE ACADEMY (13-2, 8-1)

Dorsey 10, McIntire 26, Clark 4, Butts 4, Gaylor 3, Ru. Clarke 2, Kidd 2. Totals 22 6-14 51.
CUMB. VALLEY CHRISTIAN (8-5, 4-3)
K. Myers 4, McHugh 8, Walker 11, Marsh 1, A. Myers 2. Totals 8 10-15 26.
Heritage 11 13 15 12 -- 51
CVCS 6 4 4 12 -- 26

3-point goals -- Heritage 1 (McIntire).

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