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Eagles use different routes to gain sweep over Broadfording

January 22, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Heritage Academy’s boys and girls basketball teams each built huge leads against visiting Broadfording in Mason Dixon Christian Conference games on Friday. Only one of them could breathe easy in the fourth quarter.

In the girls game, the Eagles led 47-4 after three quarters and coasted to a 53-25 victory over the Lions. Then Heritage’s boys raced to a 30-3 lead with six minutes left in the first half of its showdown, only to watch Broadfording storm back to tie the game at 54 in the fourth quarter before the Eagles sealed the game at the foul line for a 64-62 victory.

 * The boys game was a battle between the MDCC’s last two unbeaten teams in league play — but it wasn’t much of a battle for the first 10 minutes.

Led by Aaron Clark — who finished the game with 30 points, eight steals, five rebounds and four assists — Heritage (10-2, 8-0) outplayed Broadfording (12-7, 8-1) in every possible way in building a 27-point lead. The Eagles made a trio of 3-pointers, were tougher in the post, forced turnovers and scored in transition.

“We really played together as a team really well,” Clark said. “Our big men were playing well, and we shot well from the perimeter. ... Our fans were crazy, our team was pumped and we were ready.”

“I said to them, ‘You’ve got to come out playing your hardest from whistle to whistle, because Heritage will,’” Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz said. “They didn’t heed my warning. They were lethargic for a quarter and a half.”

But the Lions snapped out of it, outscoring the Eagles 54-27 over an 18-minute stretch to tie the game at 54 on Mo Sallah’s inside basket after a pretty pass from D.J. Blanks with 4:18 left. Broadfording did it by forcing 18 Heritage turnovers and getting out in transition.

“They picked up their aggression on defense, doubled Aaron and we didn’t handle it well,” Eagles coach Mike Kidd said. “We were on our heels and we let them get too many good looks.”

Heritage made enough free throws — 10 of 15 in the final four minutes — to hold off Broadfording, which was called for 27 fouls to the Eagles’ 12 and made no trips to the line in the final frame. Clark went 8-for-8 from the line down the stretch.

“I was just praying to Jesus Christ that I would make them,” Clark said.

The Lions missed three 3-point attempts and a putback effort in the final two minutes.

Troy Cosner banged inside for 13 points and seven rebounds for Heritage, while Kyle Smith had 10 points and five rebounds.

Sallah led Broadfording with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Pete Cradduck had 14 points and five rebounds and Blanks added 13 points and four assists. Darren Boone had eight points and five assists, and Andrew Wyand added eight points and three steals.

* Heritage’s girls (14-1, 8-0) remained perfect in league play and showed few flaws. Six players scored at least six points, with Callie Butts (11 points) and Jessica Gaylor (10 points) making perimeter shots and Rachel Clarke (16 rebounds) controlling the glass as the Eagles’ size advantage led to a 54-34 rebounding edge.

“Jess and Callie can hit from outside and from mid-range, and we have Rachel and Kara (Stamper) inside,” Eagles coach Mike Kidd said. “When we have all that working, we’re tough.”

Isable Forsman came off the bench late to score seven points, and Rachel Clarke, Kathleen Kidd and Rose Clarke each had six points for Heritage. Jessica Gaylor, Hannah Gaylor and Rose Clarke each had eight rebounds, and Butts and Jessica Gaylor each had five assists.

Broadfording (5-11, 2-5) managed to win the fourth quarter 21-6 to make the final score more respectable. Katie Connolly finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, Aspen Flook had seven points and four steals, and Kelsey Burkhardt added six points.

Boys
Heritage 64, Broadfording 62
BROADFORDING (12-7, 8-1)

P. Cradduck 5 4-5 14, Blanks 5 0-0 13, Sallah 7 3-4 17, B. Cradduck 1 0-0 2, Boone 3 0-0 8, Wyand 3 1-1 8. Totals 24-63 8-10 62.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (10-2, 8-0)
Smith 4 1-4 10, Martin 2 1-3 7, Clark 6 16-18 30, T. Cosner 5 3-8 13, Lowry 1 0-0 2, B. Cosner 1 0-0 2. Totals 19-36 21-33 64.
Broadfording    2    18    21    21    —    62
Heritage    22    16    12    14    —    64

3-point goals — Broadfording 6 (Blanks 3, Boone 2, Wyand), Heritage 5 (Smith, Martin 2, Clark 2). Rebounds — Broadfording 30 (Sallah 11), Heritage 29 (T. Cosner 7). Assists — Broadfording 13 (Boone 5), Heritage 10 (Lowry 4, Clark 4). Steals — Broadfording 10 (Wyand 3), Heritage 13 (Clark 8). Turnovers — Broadfording 16, Heritage 18. Fouled out — Wyand, P. Cradduck.

Girls
Heritage 53, Broadfording 25

BROADFORDING (5-11, 2-5)
Connolly 4 1-2 12, Flook 3 1-2 7, Burkhardt 2 0-0 6. Totals 9-52 2-4 25.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (14-1, 8-0)
Ra. Clarke 2 2-4 6, Kidd 3 0-0 6, J. Gaylor 4 2-3 10, Butts 5 0-0 11, Ro. Clarke 3 0-0 6, Stamper 1 1-4 3, H. Gaylor 2 0-0 4, Forsman 3 1-4 7. Totals 23-74 6-15 53.
Broadfording    1    1    2    21    —    25
Heritage    20    11    16    6    —    53

3-point goals — Broadfording 5 (Connolly 3, Burkhardt 2), Heritage 1 (Butts). Rebounds — Broadfording 34 (Connolly 7), Heritage 54 (Ra. Clarke 16). Assists — Broadfording 2 (Burkhardt 2), Heritage 15 (Butts 5, J. Gaylor 5). Steals — Broadfording 9 (Flook 4), Heritage 18 (Stamper 3, J. Gaylor 3, Kidd 3). Turnovers — Broadfording 30, Heritage 17.

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