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Shalom, Heritage girls meet in winner-take-all match

February 21, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

Heritage Academy and Shalom Christian split the regular-season meetings to share the Mason Dixon Christian Conference title. The two schools will decide the tournament title with what boils down to the rubber match of the three-game set.

Both outfits produced wide margins of victory in the MDCC semifinals on Friday night at St. Maria Goretti.

Heritage Academy ran past Cumberland Valley Christian 61-44 and Shalom Christian doused New Life Christian 62-28 to set up the 2009 title game which will tip off today at 1 p.m. at the Gael Center.

"We talked about being in the championship game since the first day of practice," said Heritage coach Ed Dorsey.

And Heritage (23-2) did not waste much time in establishing its superiority against CVCS for a berth in the title game.

Morgan McIntire hit the first basket of the game, quickly followed by Jessica Gaylor's bucket and the Eagles were off and running.

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McIntire hit a pair of buckets and Rebekah Clarke followed with a pair and it was 12-2 Heritage in less than four minutes. By the end of the first quarter, Heritage held a 26-9 margin.

"We wanted to start fast and we worked off our defense like always," said Dorsey. "We fed off our defense in the first period."

Heritage hit 16 of 28 from the floor in the first half on the way to a 40-16 lead after Dorsey began resting starters. The Eagles had converted 11 CVCS turnovers into 18 points in the half.

McIntire had 23 points by halftime and ended with 25, hitting 9 of 14 from the floor. Gaylor ended with 12 points and Callie Butts added 11. Bri Dorsey had six steals and five assists.

Kendra Myers paced the Blazers (12-12) with 16 points and Christine Walker added 11.

Shalom Christian (22-2) took only a few minutes to start its engine. And when it ignited, New Life Christian (15-6) was no match for the Flames, who rushed out to an 8-0 lead and kept the foot to the pedal.

"We started a little slow on offense but we got the fast break going," said Shalom coach Buck Day. "Thatís the kind of team we are with the fast break. Weíre like a pack of wolves."

With an 11-4 lead, the Flames rolled in the second period and by the half were ahead 32-13.

Alexis Marquiss was her own wrecking ball in the first half with 16 of her 30 points, including a pair of 3-pointers early in the second quarter and two deuces later in the period. Marquiss hit four 3-pointers for the game.

"We didnít play New Life well last week," said Day. "So we challenged them."

Day was also happy with his offense that was guilty of only 10 turnovers while the defense forced New Life into 28 mistakes.

Lauren Grove added 12 points for Shalom and Sarah Marquiss grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds with her seven points. Grove and Alexis Marquiss each had six steals.

GIRLS

Shalom 62, New Life 28
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN (15-6)

Parsons 6, Connolly 7, Makknati 4, Sparks 2, Wright 9. Totals 10 7-11 28.
SHALOM CHRISTIAN (22-2)
O. Grove 6, A. Marquiss 30, S. Marquiss 7, L. Grove 12, Martin 5, Slick 2. Totals 23 12-20 62.
New Life 4 9 11 4 -- 28
Shalom 11 21 19 11 -- 62

3-point goals -- New Life 1 (Wright); Shalom 4 (A. Marquiss 4).

Heritage 61, CVCS 44
CUMB. VALL. CHRISTIAN (12-12)

Kipe 4, A. Myers 2, Marsh 3, McHugh 8, Walker 11, K. Myers 16. Totals 16 12-18 44.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (23-2)
Reb. Clarke 7, Dorsey 3, McIntire 25, Butts 11, Gaylor 12, Horn 1, Kidd 2. Totals 22 14-18 61.
CVCS 9 7 12 16 -- 44
Heritage 26 14 12 9 -- 61

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

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