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Broadfording boys, New Life girls move on

February 25, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Broadfording’s boys basketball team channeled a U2 song in Friday night’s 69-52 victory over New Life Christian in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference tournament semifinals at Grace Academy.

The Lions (20-11) showed their “Desire” by pounding the glass to the tune of a 50-26 rebounding advantage, and used multiple second-chance baskets to pull away after New Life (15-11) cut the lead to four in the third quarter.

“I didn’t expect to quite have that rebounding advantage, so I credit our kids,” Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz said. “Rebounding is position and desire, and they showed a lot of desire on both ends tonight.”

Pete Cradduck scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to help Broadfording take a 39-30 lead into halftime.

“Pete said in the locker room before the game that he was going to take it upon himself to be one of the floor leaders tonight, and he did just that,” Clutz said.

After New Life trimmed the deficit to four late in the third quarter, Mo Sallah’s offensive rebound and putback right at the end of the quarter pushed the lead back to eight at 51-43.

The Lions then put the game away with a 14-2 run to start the fourth quarter, sparked by 10 points following offensive rebounds. Sallah scored the last eight points in the run — six on putbacks — and finished with 16 points, a game-high 15 rebounds and three blocks.

“We asked Mo to go from the high post to the low post and be our clean-up man,” said Clutz.

Andrew Wyand had 12 points and seven rebounds for Broadfording. Cradduck added 10 rebounds and D.J. Blanks played a solid floor game with eight assists and four steals.

Austin Brown made five 3-pointers and scored 16 points, while Nathan DeJong added 15 points and Connor Brown scored 10 for New Life.

· The big story in the girls semifinal game between New Life and Faith Christian wasn’t about who was playing, but who wasn’t.

Nicole Deneseus — one of the area’s top players who averaged 21.4 points and 14.5 rebounds in Faith’s first 22 games — severely sprained an ankle early last week and was on crutches. Without her, Faith’s offense sputtered while New Life’s dynamic duo of Aileen Maknati and April Wright combined for 30 points in a 45-14 victory.

“We played in the first round without her and got a win,” Faith coach Rob Daugherty said. “We played really hard that game, and we played really hard today, but when you’re missing your best player against the defending champs, you have to play perfect.”

Instead, Faith (19-6) made just 7 of 62 field goal attempts and did not go to the foul line once. Jackie Solenberger — Faith’s No. 2 scorer at 15.0 points per game — didn’t score until there was 3:35 left in the game. Solenberger did have 11 rebounds.

Wright set the tone for New Life (19-7) with her jump shot, scoring eight of her 10 points in the first half. Maknati — the MDCC MVP this season — missed several shots from in close early, but found her scoring touch and finished with 20 points in three quarters. Maknati added 15 rebounds and Wright grabbed 10.

New Life will face Heritage Academy (19-2) in today’s final. The teams split two games on the way to sharing the regular-season title this season. Last season Heritage went undefeated in conference play until New Life beat the Eagles in the tournament final.

“There’s a little history there,” New Life coach Brian Roynestad said. “To be the best, we want to beat the best. It’s all about composure on the offensive end, because Heritage will pressure us.”

Boys
Broadfording 69, New Life 52
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN (15-11)

DeJong 5 5-5 15, A. Brown 5 1-2 16, Dillion 1 0-0 2, C. Brown 4 0-0 10, Hamerick 3 1-2 7, Stopyra 1 0-0 2. Totals 19-56 7-9 52.
BROADFORDING (20-11)
P. Cradduck 8 2-2 20, Blanks 3 0-0 7, B. Cradduck 1 0-0 2, Sallah 7 2-2 16, Colliflower 2 0-2 4, Wyand 6 0-0 12, Campagna 3 0-0 6, Dominquez 1 0-0 2. Totals 31-75 4-6 69.
New Life    15    15    13    9    —    52
Broadfording    17    22    12    18    —    69

3-point goals — New Life 7 (A. Brown 5, C. Brown 2), Broadfording 3 (P. Cradduck 2, Blanks).

Girls
New Life 45, Faith Christian 14
FAITH CHRISTIAN (19-6)

Way 3 0-0 6, Stoddard 2 0-0 4, Solenberger 2 0-0 4. Totals 7-62 0-0 14.
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN (19-7)
Maknati 9 2-3 20, Wright 5 0-2 10, Sparks 3 0-0 7, Huott 2 1-2 5, Catoe 3 0-1 6, Socash 1 0-0 2. Totals 21-58 3-8 45.
Faith    2    6    0    6    —    14
New Life    12    11    14    8    —    45

3-point goals — None.

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