Blazers sink Carroll in opening game

WESTMINSTER, Md. – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers outscored Carroll Christian in three separate quarters and earned a 49-41 victory in their non-league girls basketball season opener Monday evening.

“It was a huge road win,” Blazers coach Dylan Ward said. “We went into a hostile environment and won.”

Senior Kyleigh Teal led the Blazers with 16 points and sophomore Laurel Reitz added 14. Sophomore Amber Yanosik scored eight points, and senior Jalen Moats contributed seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Blazers led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter and 25-22 at the half. They were ahead 37-24 after an even third quarter but then outscored Carroll 12-7 in the final period.

Helping the Blazers maintain their lead were the 22 turnovers they forced.

“I loved our passion on the defensive end,” Ward said. “Our defensive preparation allowed us to win the game in the fourth quarter.”

Also contributing to the victory were Mariah Peck and Mollee Stake with a basket apiece, Stake with six rebounds, Yanosik with five rebounds, Moats with three assists, Reitz with three steals, and Sarah Vandersleen with two blocked shots.

“We cannot be satisfied with one win,” Ward said. “We have a couple of key games coming up.”