Blazer girls finish 4th in MDCC

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers came up just a little short in the consolation game of the Mason Dixon Christian Conference girls basketball tournament Saturday, dropping a 58-56 decision to Heritage Academy at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center.

The Blazers (21-8) ran into a hot Calvary Christian team in Friday’s semifinal and lost 76-34. Calvary went on to win the championship by beating top-seeded Shalom Christian Saturday evening, 50-38.

Calvary, second seeded going into the tournament, led the third-seeded Blazers 18-10 at the end of the first quarter but then took command with a 22-point second quarter to lead 40-17 at the half. They stretched the advantage to 65-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Macy Ricker, the tournament Most Valuable Player, led Calvary with 32 points and Madi Dayton scored 29.

For the Blazers, Amber Yanosik scored 14 points, Mollee Stake added eight, and Kyleigh Teal and Jalen Moats provided six apiece.

Saturday’s consolation game was tight the whole way. Heritage jumped to a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, but the Blazers charged back to tie it 30-30 at the half. The Blazers then went up 44-40 after three periods.

Yanosik scored 22 points to lead the Blazers before fouling out in the final quarter. Teal scored 15, Stake added 11 and Moats contributed eight.

For Heritage, Kendall Eckardt scored 19 points, including nine in the last quarter, Lindsey Horst added 13 and Elizabeth Shank 12.

Stake was named to the all-tournament team.

For the regular season, Yanosik and Teal were named to the MDCC first team, and Laurel Reitz, who sat out the tournament because of a fractured elbow, was a second-team selection.