Blazer girls’ defense subdues Grace

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers began to pull away late in the first quarter and went on to capture a 52-31 victory over Grace Academy in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference girls basketball game Tuesday evening.

The Blazers went ahead 17-9 at the end of the first period and held a 30-18 lead at halftime. The put the game out of reach by outscoring the Knights 16-4 in the third period thanks to a suffocating defense.

Laurel Reitz had a monster game for the Blazers (2-0, 1-0 MDCC). She scored a game-high 20 points, pulled down eight rebounds, made eight steals and handed out five assists.

“Laurel’s stats were incredible,” Blazers coach Dylan Ward said. “She wasn’t far off from a quadruple-double.”

Amber Yanosik also scored in double figures with 10 points, and she added five of the Blazers’ 26 steals.

Kyleigh Teal shared team-high rebounding honors with Jalen Moats with nine, and Teal contributed nine points and six steals. Moats had five points and four steals.

Also contributing to the victory were Mollee Stake with four points, and Mariah Peck and Sarah Vandersleen with two apiece.

“Our defense was really good,” Ward said. “We forced at least 40 turnovers.”