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Lions, Rams shut out Heritage in MDCC finals

February 26, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Heritage Academy’s boys and girls basketball teams both advanced to the Mason Dixon Christian Conference finals at Grace Academy on Saturday. Both Eagles teams got their wings clipped.

New Life Christian School upended Heritage in the girls final, 43-36, to win its second straight MDCC championship. Broadfording Christian Academy edged Heritage in the boys game 62-61.

· Boys tournament MVP Pete Cradduck scored his 1,000th point in the final and finished with 19 points for the Lions. D.J. Blanks also had 19 points for Broadfording.

“Our kids were on a mission to win the championship,” said Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz.

After managing only 23 points in the first half, Broadfording (21-11) came on strong after the break, scoring 41 points on its way to the title.

“On Thursday, the kids promised me they would be aggressive, smart and would give me every ounce of effort they had,” Clutz said. “I think they lived up to that.”

Heritage (17-5) led by one midway through the fourth quarter, but a 9-0 run gave the Lions a 57-49 advantage in the final minutes.

“I thought we played well, but Broadfording played a great game,” Heritage coach Mike Kidd said. “There might be a play here or there I would want back, but when the effort is as good as it was, you have to live with the results.”

Aaron Clark led the Eagles with 26 points, including five 3-pointers.

· At the conclusion of the girls final, New Life coach Brian Roynestad met his players on the court with a congratulatory embrace.

“I’m blessed to coach these girls. They’re great girls on and off the court,” Roynestad said. “It’s only my second year coaching varsity and it’s very fulfilling to have won two championships.”

New Life (20-7) led 16-8 at halftime as both teams struggled offensively. Heritage (19-3) outscored the Rams in the second half, but couldn’t overcome the first-half deficit.

“Our rhythm was broken early,” Heritage coach Ed Dorsey said. “We had to use a new rotation and it took us some time to find our groove.”

New Life controlled the boards too, outrebounding the Eagles, 45-29.

Girls tournament MVP Alieen Maknati led the Rams with 19 points, while April Wright added 13.

All-Tournament selection Rachel Clarke paced Heritage with 15 points.

Boys final
Broadfording 62, Heritage 61
BROADFORDING (21-11)

Banks 6 4-7 19, P. Cradduck 8 1-5 19, Wyand 4 1-2 11, B. Cradduck 1 2-2 5, Sallah 2 0-1 4, Boone 1 0-0 2, Colliflower 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 8-17 62.
HERITAGE (17-5)
Clark 10 1-1 26, T. Cosner 5 9-10 19, Martin 3 0-0 9, B. Cosner 2 0-2 4, Smith 1 0-0 3. Totals 21 10-13 61.
Broadfording    16    7    21    20    —    62
Heritage        14    13    14    20    —    61

3-point goals — Broadfording 8 (Banks 3, P. Cradduck 2, Wyand 2, B. Cradduck); Heritage 9 (Clark 5, Martin 3, Smith).New Life 43, Heritage 36

Girls final
NEW LIFE (20-7)

Maknati 7 5-8 19, Wright 4 5-9 13, Liz Catoe 3 2-2 8, Huott 1 1-2 3. Totals 15 13-21 46.
HERITAGE (19-3)
Ra. Clarke 6 3-9 15, Butts 1 3-6 6, Forsman 1 3-4 5, Gaylor 2 0-1 5, Kidd 1 1-2 3, Ro. Clarke 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 10-22 36.
New Life        8    8    12    15    —    43
Heritage        3    5    13    15    —    36

3-point goals — Heritage 2 (Butts, Gaylor).

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