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Heritage cleans up in sweep

February 21, 2009|By JACK HILL III

Heritage Academy won both team titles at the Mason Dixon Christian Conference Basketball Tournament on Saturday at the Gael Center.

Heritage defeated Cumberland Valley Christian School 63-57 in the boys championship game and beat Shalom Christian 54-47 in the girls title game.

Boys tournament MVP Andrew Hendershot was one of four Eagles to score in double figures as he collected team-high totals of 19 points and six rebounds.

"It's great," Hendershot said. "We've been working hard all year. All five starters played good and we came out with the win. We started off playing a little sloppy. Then we got our composure back. We slowed it down and started hitting our shots."

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Aaron Clark had 15 points, while Travis Barthalow had 13 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Eagles (21-4). Andrew Harrell added 10 points and five rebounds, while Cody Butts dished out six assists in the victory.

"Travis Barthalow and Cody Butts did a good job of penetrating and then kicking out to help me get some open looks," Hendershot said. "Aaron Clark did an amazing job for our team hitting some key shots in the beginning."

The Eagles, who trailed 14-4 early, built a 45-36 lead with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter. But the Blazers came back to regain the lead at 55-54 with two minutes to go in the game.

The Eagles outscored the Blazers 9-2 during the final two minutes to get the win as they made seven of their final nine free throws.

"We got off to a rough start," Heritage coach Mike Kidd said. "We felt like that we had to keep our composure, since it was a 32-minute game. There were going to be some highs and lows, so we were going to have to weather the storm. If we continued to play hard, take care of the ball and play solid defense, then we would have a shot. We made smart decisions and we were able to come back."

Nick Bunting had 23 points and seven rebounds and Scott Levy had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers (21-5).

In the girls championship game, Heritage (24-2) shook off an early 15-7 deficit in its win over Shalom (21-3).

Tournament MVP Morgan McIntire had 37 points and four steals to lead the Eagles.

"We prepared for this game for our whole season," McIntire said. "We wanted this real bad and we played hard. Without my team backing me up, we wouldn't have gotten here. I was a little off in the first half, but I started hitting all of them in the second half. Our coach spelled it out that this was the most important game, and we just stepped it up."

Brianna Dorsey had 13 rebounds, nine steals and eight points, while Caroline Clark had 12 rebounds and four blocked shots, Jessica Gaylor had seven rebounds and Callie Butts had five steals.

The Eagles had a 42-34 advantage with 6:47 left in the fourth quarter. But the Flames cut the lead to 48-47 with 1:37 remaining.

Then McIntire took over, making a couple of baskets and a pair of free throws. She scored 12 of her points in the fourth quarter.

"All of the girls came out ready to play today," Heritage coach Ed Dorsey said. "They executed real well. Our defense was extremely focused. Our game plan was to take each quarter one at a time. Each time they made a run at us, the girls stayed poised. Brianna Dorsey and Caroline Clark controlled the boards. Brianna also did a great job on defense."

Alexis Marquiss scored 12 points and Olivia Grove added 10 points for Shalom.

In the boys consolation game, Faith Christian defeated New Life, 62-42.

Brandon Hoy scored 16 points, Tyler Gibson had 14 points and Larry Kerns added 12 for Faith (8-16). Colyn Crowder led New Life (9-13) with 15 points.

In the girls consolation game, CVCS edged New Life, 47-45.

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