The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers pulled away after halftime and dealt New Life Christian a 64-44 defeat Tuesday evening in a Mason Dixon Christian Conference girls basketball game.
Sophomore Amber Yanosik poured in a career-high 30 points to lead the Blazers (13-4, 6-2 MDCC).
“She played one of her best games of the year,” Blazers coach Dylan Ward said.
Yanosik stayed consistent through the evening, scoring 14 of her points in the first half as the Blazers took the lead for good. She delivered nine in the second period when the Blazers went from a 9-7 end-of-first-quarter deficit to a 24-18 halftime edge.
The Blazers then outscored the Rams 19-7 in the third quarter to take command and locked up the victory with a 21-point final period.
“What a game tonight. Definitely a game of adjustments,” Ward said. “We played very poorly in the first and still had a 24-18 lead. New Life did a great job containing our guards with their 1-3-1 zone in the first half. I just felt in the second half we came out ready to play. We made the extra pass and shared the ball. When we share the ball, we are very tough to beat.”
Laurel Reitz scored 17 points and Kyleigh Teal contributed 15 points for the Blazers. Sarah Vandersleen added the other two points.
“Laurel was a great leader forcing turnovers and steals in our press,” Ward said. “Kyleigh had a tremendous second half, missing only one shot and playing great in the high post. I thought we responded and got the job done in a very tough environment. Sarah Vandersleen added two points. Mollee Stake did a great job on defense in her first game back, and being shorthanded with sickness and injuries, it was a whole team effort with Emmalyn Hott and Mariah Peck playing well at the guard spot and Mackenzie Sites rebounding tremendously.”
Ella Mason led New Life with 15 points.