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Eagles boys, girls soar to move into MDCC championship

February 25, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Friday was a great day to be a Heritage Academy Eagle.

The No. 1-seeded boys and girls basketball teams swept their semifinal games at the Mason Dixon Christian Conference tournament. The girls defeated host Grace Academy 43-25 before the boys defeated Shalom Christian, 64-38.

Now the Eagles hope today will be just as great. The girls will face New Life today at 1 p.m. and the boys will face Broadfording at 2:30 p.m. in the tournament championship games at Grace Academy.

 In the girls game, the Eagles (19-2) had no problems against the fourth-seeded Knights (14-10) after the first quarter, which ended with Heritage leading 8-7. The Eagles turned on the juice in the second quarter, outscoring the Knights 19-5 for a 27-12 lead at halftime.

Heritage forced 10 Grace turnovers in the first half, which led to more shots for the Eagles. Rachel Clarke led Heritage with six points and eight rebounds in the first half en route to a 15-point, 16-rebound double-double — both game-highs.

Grace’s best quarter was the third, as the Knights outscored Heritage 9-4 in the period. But the Eagles put the Knights away with a 12-4 fourth quarter.

Kelsey Koontz led Grace with nine points and nine rebounds, while Victoria Broadwater — who scored 27 points against Calvary on Thursday — only managed seven points against Heritage.

 In the boys game, Heritage (17-4) jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Kyle Smith scored eight of his 12 points in the first quarter.

“Our plan is to come out aggressive every game, but we got ourselves into foul trouble early,” said Heritage coach Mike Kidd. “We put them on the line way too many times.”

Forward Troy Cosner was one Eagle who got into early foul trouble, getting three in the first half before being benched. He was still able to contribute, scoring five points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.

“Troy’s hard to box out, he’s so active on the boards,” said Kidd.

With Cosner on the bench, Heritage turned to Aaron Clark, who scored a game-high 24 points. Robbie Martin added 11 points.

“It was good to have that distribution,” said Kidd. “Cosner got into early foul trouble and it was good to see those guys step up with him out.”

Jeffrey McCracken had 12 points and Matthew Wenger added 10 points for Shalom (10-10). McCracken also had six rebounds.

“We got out to a slow start, but I think my guys fought hard through the game,” said Shalom coach Danley Shank. “We knew the game was out of reach late in the third, but we never gave up, which shows a lot of character. There is no shame in losing to a Heritage team.”

Boys
Heritage Academy 64, Shalom Christian 38
SHALOM CHRISTIAN (10-10)

McCracken 4 3-4 12, Strite 2 2-4 7, Crilley 1 0-0 2, Wenger 3 3-4 10, Witman 1 0-0 2, Crider 1 3-7 5. Totals 12 11-19 38.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (17-4)
Kriner 0 1-2 1, Taggart 1 0-0 2, Night 0 1-2 1, T. Cosner 1 3-4 5, Clark 9 3-3 24, Smith 5 1-2 12, A. Cosner 1 0-0 2, Lowry 1 0-1 2, Martin 5 0-2 11, B. Cosner 1 2-6 4. Totals 24 11-22 64.
Shalom Christian    6    18    9    5    —    38
Heritage Academy    21    13    12    8    —    64

3-point goals — Shalom Christian 3 (McCracken, Strite, Wenger); Heritage Academy 5 (Clark 3, Smith, Martin). Fouled out — T. Cosner.
Girls
Heritage Academy 43, Grace Academy 25
GRACE ACADEMY (14-10)

Carroll 1 1-4 3, V. Broadwater 2 3-8 7, Aikens 2 2-4 7, Koontz 3 2-6 8. Totals 8 8-22 25.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (19-2)
Ro. Clarke 0 1-2 1, Kidd 1 0-0 2, Stamper 1 0-0 2, Ra. Clarke 5 5-8 15, J. Gaylor 4 1-3 9, Butts 7 0-0 14. Totals 18 7-13 43.
Grace Academy    7    5    9    4    —    25
Heritage Academy    8    19    4    12    —    43

3-point goals: Grace Academy 1 (Aikens). Fouled out — Aikens, Stamper.

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