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Heritage falls short in MCST title game

March 01, 2009

GIRLS BASKETBALL



LANHAM, Md. -- Heritage Academy fell in its bid for a second postseason championship on Saturday when it lost 65-39 to Grace Brethren, of Clinton, Md., in the Maryland Christian State Tournament Division I title game at Washington Bible College.

"(Grace) hit us inside and out and they tired us out with their fast-break transition game," said Heritage coach Ed Dorsey.

Heritage (26-3) -- winners of the MDCC Tournament -- stayed with Grace Brethren for the better part of the first half before Grace's 5-0 run in the last 90 seconds of the half left the Eagles trailing, 27-22.

Grace Brethren (25-1) won its third state title, outscoring Heritage 36-17 in the second half.

Jade Scaife, a 6-foot-2 eighth-grader, led Grace Brethren with 27 points and Andrea Jones did the work from the outside with 22 points, including four 3-pointers.

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Morgan McIntire had a team-high 18 points to go with five rebounds in her final game as an Eagle. Caroline Clark had six rebounds and Brianna Dorsey had six steals. McIntire and Clark made the all-tournament team.

"We won the MDCC tournament and have nothing to hang our heads over," said Dorsey. "If we were going to lose, it was to a team definitely better than us."

Grace Brethren 65, Heritage Academy 39
HERITAGE ACADEMY (26-3)

McIntire 18, Dorsey 2, C. Clark 9, Butts 2, Kriner 2, Gaylor 2, Kidd 4. Totals 17 8-14 39.
GRACE BRETHREN-CLINTON (25-1)
Jones 22, Scaife 27, Banks 8, Belton 8. Totals 23 15-19 65.
Heritage 9 13 7 10 -- 39
Grace Brethren 11 16 14 22 65

3-point goals -- Heritage 3 (McIntire); Grace 4 (Jones).

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