HAGERSTOWN — Fort Hill got solid production from both its starters and its bench as eight different players scored — including seven players getting on the score sheet in the first quarter — as the Sentinels dropped Broadfording Christian Academy 69-50 Monday night.
Fort Hill used a consistent rotation that gave most of its players scoring opportunities. The Sentinels were led by Kammari Brown who had 16 points.
“We have eight pretty good players who can contribute for us,” Fort Hill coach Thad Burner said. “We got good production from our bench, too.”
The Sentinels got an early burst to start each half, then turned it on in the fourth quarter, scoring 22 points in the final eight minutes.
“Our last game we only scored six points in the third quarter,” Burner said. “We were able to push the ball and get some easy buckets tonight.”
Fort Hill seemingly got stronger as the game persisted, while Broadfording faded. The Lions scored 14 points in the first quarter and failed to reach that point total for the rest of the game.
One factor for the Lions was center Mo Sallah fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Sallah had a team-high 15 points before being relegated to the bench. And the Lions couldn’t find the production anywhere else.
“We lost our legs in the fourth quarter and our lack of depth began to show,” Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz said.
Fort Hill (3-2) took advantage of Sallah’s absence as its 47-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter ballooned to a 20-point lead in the fourth — the largest lead of the contest.
“(Sallah) is a very good ball player,” Burner said. “He had (Jarrett Wolfe) flustered and dictated a lot of what went on inside. Once he fouled out, that made the difference.”
The game was far more competitive in the first half. Fort Hill jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but was answered by a 7-0 run from the Lions. When the Sentinels took the lead again, Broadfording chipped away to keep it close.
Trailing 21-18 in the final few minutes of the second quarter, Broadfording (7-5) went on a 7-0 run to take a 25-21 lead. But an 8-2 run to close out the first half put the Sentinels on top 29-27 at the break.
“The kids fought with everything they had until the bitter end,” Clutz said. “That made me proud.”
Moni Anderson finished with 11 points for Broadfording while Mark Kelly scored 12 points for Fort Hill.
Fort Hill 69, Broadfording Christian 50
FORT HILL (3-2)
Powell 16, Kelly 12, Diatri 9, Harris 9, Wolfe 8, Bush 7, Harden 6, Rowe 2. Totals 25 15-21 69.
Sallah 15, Anderson 11, Durst 8, Silva 8, Cradduck 4, Carpagna 4. Totals 18 11-20 44.
Fort Hill 19 10 18 22 — 69
Broadfording 14 13 12 11 — 50
3-point goals — Fort Hill 4 (Diatri, Harris, Kelly, Powell). Broadfording 3 (Durst 2, Anderson). Fouled out — Sallah.