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Lions, Gaels set for finals

November 24, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

HAGERSTOWN -- Broadfording Christian and St. Maria Goretti will have at it in a pair of championship games tonight in the Lions Classic at Broadfording after posting victories Monday.

Broadfording scored the winning basket with two seconds remaining to stun Saint James 54-52, after Goretti waltzed past Faith Christian 73-26 in the boys doubleheader to set up tonight's final at 8.

In girls play, Broadfording rallied for a 33-30 victory over Saint James, while Goretti rolled to a 53-23 win over Faith Christian. The girls title game will be played at 6:30.

It was a controversial finish as Broadfording's Josh Smith scored on a layup after a no-call at Saint James' end of the floor resulted in a steal by the Lions and subsequent winner.

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In the front court, Mande Magassouba dribbled twice before a Lions player made contact, but there was no call and the ball was stolen.

"We might have caught a break," said Broadfording coach Bernie Clutz. "It was a call that could have gone either way."

What the Lions did do to get in that position to win was rally from a 52-48 deficit with 1:03 remaining.

Smith scored on the baseline and with 35 seconds left had a steal that was converted into a tying basket by Gabe Hirsch.

"(Mande) got hit, but that call alone didn't beat us," said Saint James coach Mike Brooks, his team opening the season with just one week of preparation after an extended football season. "We just missed too many layups and free throws. That's were the blame is at."

The Lions never led until late in the third quarter when Jordan Whitt hit a 3-pointer, his only points of the game, for a 40-37 lead.

Saint James started ablaze, hitting 8 of 16 from the field to take a 21-15 lead after the first period, with 10 points coming from Avery Wilmore.

In the end, however, the Saints made only 30 percent from the field and were 9 of 18 from the line for the night. Wilmore led the Saints with 14 points and Will Smith had 10 rebounds and nine points.

Pete Cradduck led Broadfording with 10 points and three other players had nine for Broadfording, which hit only 31 percent from the floor. Iver Silva had nine points and 11 rebounds.

"We weren't as big as Saint James so we tried to match their speed with quickness," said Clutz.

Goretti opened fast with a 20-4 advantage in the first quarter and never let up, shooting 59 percent from the floor.

Leading 6-4 early, the Gaels went on a 23-0 run before Faith scored in the second quarter.

The Gaels had four players in double figures with Dylan Leazier and Patrick Heizer each scoring 14 and Tyler Shaper and Nic Martin contributing 11 each.

Martin also had a team-high eight rebounds and seven assists.

"We got into a motion offense and that's how we'll operate," said Goretti coach Chad Brashears. "We didn't need Nic to score and that's good. He does the other things to fill up a stat sheet."

Brandon Hoy led Faith Christian with eight points and six rebounds.

Goretti and Faith were locked in a 10-10 tie after the first quarter of the girls game, before the Gaels took control in the second quarter on the way to a 24-13 halftime lead.

Colleen Costello led the Gaels with 14 points and Cassie Rzomp added 11.

Nicole Deneseus led Faith Christian with 11 points.

"A little sluggish for openers, but our defense created turnovers," said Goretti coach Todd Rideout. "The offense was a little spotty, but a win on the first night is always good."

Broadfording's girls trailed Saint James 26-20 after three periods of play, but the Lions found themselves with a 30-26 lead with 3:13 remaining in the contest.

Abbi Worsfold was a scoring machine for Broadfording with 20 points.

Saint James, with only three varsity players in uniform due to a Thanksgiving break, was led by Jordan Wills' 16 points.

Saint James and Faith will meet in the consolation games today -- the girls at 3:30 and the boys at 5.

Boys Basketball



BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (1-0)

Hirsch 4-6 1-1 9, Whitt 1-10 0-0 3, Silva 2-15 5-6 9, Colliflower 2-4 0-0 4, Cradduck 2-6 6-7 10, Dominguez 1-1 0-0 2, Blanks 4-10 0-0 9, Smith 2-7 2-3 6, Campagna 1-1 0-0 2, Boone 0-1 0-0 0, Wyand 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19 14-17 54.
SAINT JAMES (0-1)
Zimmerman 1-6 2-6 4, Smith 2-6 5-5 9, Magassouba 4-11 0-1 9, Mi. Townes 1-1 0-0 2, Wilmore 7-20 0-0 14, Orfan 0-3 1-2 1, Wooten 4-6 0-0 9, Louderback 1-5 1-2 4, Abeles 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20 9-16 52.


3-point goals--BCA 2 (Blanks, Whitt); SJ 3 (Magassouba, Wooten, Louderback). Rebounds--BCA 46 (Whitt 8), SJ 42 (Smith 9).. Turnovers--BCA 21, SJ 28. Fouled out--BCA: Blanks.

FAITH CHRISTIAN (0-1)
Kerns 1-4 3-5 5, Hoy 4-13 0-0 8, J. Michael 0-1 2-2 2, Price 2-8 0-0 4, Roman 1-4 0-0 2, Vocature 1-1 0-0 3, Hercules 1-3 0-0 2, D. Michael 0-3 0-0 0, Earle 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 10-39 5-7 27.
GORETTI (1-0)
Wilkinson 4-7 0-0 9, Martin 3-11 5-6 11, Shaper 5-5 0-0 11, Heizer 5-7 3-3 14, Donoghue 4-6 0-2 8, Bolinger 1-3 2-2 4, Leazier 6-8 0-0 14, Zoretich 1-1 0-0 2, Hoke 0-3 0-0 0, Munson 0 0-1 0. Totals 29-51 10-14 73.


3-point goals--FC 1 (Vocature), Goretti 5 (Leazier 2, Heizer, Sharper, Wilkinson). Rebounds--FC 23 (Hoy 6). Goretti 26 (Martin 8). Turnovers--FC 29, Goretti 16. Fouled out--FC: Roman.

Girls Basketball

SAINT JAMES (0-1)
Peterson 1 0-0 2, Wills 7 0-3 16, Beckett 4 0-0 8, Berry 2 0-2 4. Totals 14 0-5 30.
BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (1-0)
Young 1 0-0 2, Boone 1 0-0 2, C. Worsfold 3 0-2 6, Connolly 0 2-6 2, A. Worsfold 10 0-2 20, Litten 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 3-12 33.


3-point goals--SJ 2 (Wills 2).

FAITH CHRISTIAN (0-1)
Deneseus 5 1-4 11, Sollenberger 1 7-14 9, Earle 1 0-0 2, Butler 0 1-2 1. Totals 7 9-20 23.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (1-0)
Murray 1 0-0 2, Rzomp 4 3-4 11, Shoop 2 0-0 4, Cronise 3 0-0 6, Costello 7 0-2 14, Garvey 4 0-0 8, Thompson 4 0-0 8, Harrell 0 0-2 0. Totals 25 3-8 33.


3-point goals--None.

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