Blazer girls place 2nd in tournament

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers went 2-2 and finished in second place in their division in the recent season-ending National Christian School Athletic Association girls basketball tournament at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

The Blazers finished 18-12 for the season.

“We had a fantastic turnaround this year,” Blazers coach Dylan Ward said. “We won 10 more games than we did last year, and we came together more as a team as the season went on. It was definitely a building-block year as we look to next year.”

In the first tournament game, the Blazers defeated Coventry Christian 53-46 in overtime. They outscored Coventry 9-2 in the overtime as Amber Yanosik scored seven points in the four-minute extra period.

Laurel Reitz led the team with 21 points, Yanosik added 12, Kyleigh Teal 10, Mollee Stake six and Jalen Moats four.

In the second game, the Blazers ran into powerful Northumberland Christian and dropped a 71-29 decision. The game was fairly close, 21-13, at the end of the first quarter, but the Blazers managed only 16 points the rest of the way. Yanosik scored 12 points, Teal and Reitz six each, Moats and Brittany Morrow two each and Maddie Eberly one.

The Blazers then defeated Atlantic Christian 67-54 on the strength of a 22-point fourth quarter. Yanosik scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Blazers, and Teal contributed 21. Also scoring were Reitz with nine, Moats with five, and Stake and Eberly with two each.

The Blazers fell to Portersville (Pa.) Christian in the division championship game 47-18. Teal scored six points, Yanosik, Eberly and Reitz three each, Moats two and Morrow one.

Reitz, Yanosik, Teal and Moats made the all-tournament team. Also, Reitz and Yanosik were first-team Mason-Dixon Christian Conference, and Teal was second team.