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Eagles sweep Knights

January 26, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Both of the Heritage Academy Eagles basketball teams remained undefeated in Mason Dixon Christian Conference play Tuesday, sweeping the visiting Grace Academy Knights in a doubleheader.

The Eagles pulled out a 46-35 win in the girls game, followed by a convincing 71-36 victory in the boys game.

In the girls game, Heritage (15-1, 9-0) led 30-22 with 4:47 remaining in the third quarter.

Grace (6-8, 3-5) proceeded to score the last nine points of the third quarter to go ahead 31-30.

The Eagles then outscored the Knights 16-4 during the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Junior forward Rachel Clarke had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Heritage. Jessica Gaylor added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Kara Stamper had 10 points and 11 rebounds, Kathleen Kidd had eight assists and Callie Butts had seven rebounds for the Eagles.

“I was proud of our girls for getting the lead in the fourth quarter,” Heritage coach Ed Dorsey said. “We stepped up the intensity and that was the key. We punched it inside to the big girls. Rachel Clarke and Kara Stamper scored 10 of our 16 points in the fourth quarter.”

Junior center Kelsey Koontz had 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Victoria Broadwater scored 13 points for Grace. Tori Aikens had nine rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Knights.

“We played them well,” Grace coach Larry Lorshbaugh said. “We have to play four solid quarters. We played good in the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, we kept backing off from our matchups. That is what really hurt us. Rachel Clarke was a monster for them in the fourth quarter. She was able to score and rebound well in the fourth quarter.”

In the boys game, Heritage (11-2, 9-0) built a 23-1 lead over Grace Academy (1-12, 0-9) during the first 6:10 of the contest.

Troy Cosner, a 6-foot-3 senior center, finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for Heritage.

“I think we definitely played well,” Cosner said. “I think that it’s a good thing for us to just come out strong. Our guards were hitting the three ball, which opened up things down low. Our offense was really running smooth. I feel like that we have some real potential. But we still have a lot of room to grow. I think that our team has been progressing very well.”

Robbie Martin scored 13 points for the Eagles. Aaron Clark added six steals and four assists, while Bryce Nigh had four steals for Heritage.

“I thought that we got a lot solid conributions from a number of players,” Heritage coach Mike Kidd said. “I thought our defense was very good. We worked real well as a unit. It made it very difficult for them to run their offense.”

E.J. Boutieller had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for Grace. Jordan Knight and Anthony Barr-Brown made four steals each for the Knights.

“We had far too many turnovers,” Grace coach Ira Brown said. “But we still played hard. Heritage played together and they hit open shots. They have more experience than we do.”

GIRLS
Heritage 46, Grace 35
GRACE ACADEMY (6-8, 3-5)

Carroll 1 0-0 2, Broadwater 5 3-4 13, Aikens 1 1-2 4, Koontz 5 4-9 14, Zlomke 1 0-1 2. Totals 13 8-16 35.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (15-1, 9-0)
Butts 2 0-0 4, Clarke 5 2-2 12, J. Gaylor 5 1-3 12, H. Gaylor 1 0-0 2, Kidd 2 0-0 4, Forsman 1 0-0 2, Stamper 5 0-2 10. Totals 21 3-7 46.
Grace     10    10    11    4    —    35
Heritage     14    8    8    16    —    46

3-point goals — Grace 1 (Aikens), Heritage 1 (J. Gaylor).

BOYS
Heritage 71, Grace 36
GRACE ACADEMY (1-12, 0-9)

Price 1 0-1 2, Barr-Brown 1 0-0 2, Knight 3 0-2 7, Boutieller 5 5-9 17, Hykes 1 1-2 3, Frederickson 1 1-2 3, Buwalda 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 7-16 36.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (11-2, 9-0)
Kriner 0 2-2 2, M. Taggert 1 1-3 3, Nigh 2 2-5 6, T. Cosner 5 5-6 15, Clark 3 0-1 8, J. Taggert 0 1-2 1, Smith 3 2-3 8, A. Cosner 3 1-3 7, Martin 3 4-6 13, Zhou 1 0-0 2, B. Cosner 2 2-3 6. Totals 23 20-34 71.
Grace     6    9    9    12    —    36
Heritage     23    17    22    9    —    71

3-point goals — Grace 3 (Knight, Boutieller 2), Heritage 5 (Clark 2, Martin 3).

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