Basketball

Blazers pull away for playoff win

The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers pulled away from Faith Christian in the second half to claim a 52-31 victory in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference girls basketball quarterfinals Tuesday evening.

The third-seeded Blazers (21-6) advance to the MDCC semifinals on Friday at 3:30 against second-seeded Calvary at the Berkeley County Recreation Center in Martinsburg, W. Va.

“We’re looking forward to a great weekend,” Blazers coach Dylan Ward said. “Being back in the Final Four is no small accomplishment. It’s one of our goals to be in back-to-back Final Fours, and we achieved that. We need to keep getting better to bring home a championship.”

It did not come easily on Tuesday. Sixth-seeded Faith gave the Blazers all they could handle in the first half and trailed only 18-15 at halftime.

“Wow! What a tale of two halves,” Ward said. “I have to give credit to Faith Christian. They came out ready to play and had a great game plan. We couldn’t do much but we did just enough. Then we came out in the second half and were a totally different team.”

The Blazers, playing without point guard Laurel Reitz (fractured elbow), doubled their point total in the third quarter and led 36-25, and then they put things away with a 16-6 advantage in the final period.

Kyleigh Teal led the Blazers with 21 points. Amber Yanosik contributed 18. Mollee Stake scored five points, Mackenzie Sites added four and Jalen Moats had two.

“I gotta give credit to Kyleigh Teal with an outstanding second half – she led with 21 points and pulled down some key rebounds,” Ward said. “Amber Yanosik did a great job ball handling and attacking the rim. Most importantly she got others involved. Jalen Moats did a great job defensively. Mollee Stake had a big three to spark the second-half run.”

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Mollee Stake (15) of Cumberland Valley Christian puts up a floater in the lane during the Blazers’ 52-31 victory over Faith Christian Tuesday.

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Kyleigh Teal (3) of Cumberland Valley Christian shoots as teammate Sarah Vandersleen moves in during the Blazers’ 52-31 victory over Faith Christian Tuesday.