Basketball

Blazers’ Reitz reaches 1,000 to highlight 3-0 week

Junior Laurel Reitz’s milestone of eclipsing 1,000 career points was one of the big highlights for the Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers in a busy week of girls basketball.

In a 61-32 Mason-Dixon Christian Conference victory over Grace Academy Saturday, Reitz scored 25 points, grabbed four rebounds, made seven steals and handed out three assists. The Blazers’ point guard broke the 1,000-point barrier by sinking a shot in the third quarter.

“I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time,” Reitz said, “and now it has finally happened.”

CVCS’s Laurel Reitz goes up for a shot during a game last season.

“What Laurel has accomplished is a tremendous feat,” Blazers coach Dylan Ward said. “I know that she had that goal when she started playing on varsity. But I think what makes Laurel so special is her impact in other areas of the game. Her steals, rebounds and positive attitude make her one of the best teammates you could ask for. I’m very proud of her.”

The Blazers (9-2, 8-1 MDCC) rolled to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, sealing things with a 22-10 advantage in the third quarter and grabbing a 29-point lead.

Behind Reitz were Amber Yanosik with 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, Emmalyn Hott with eight points, and Brylee Moats with 14 rebounds and six points. Also, Mollee Stake scored five points, Julia Walsh two and Lexi Coffey one.

“I was very happy, with our team’s performance, especially after such a big win the night before at Shalom,” Ward said. “It shows the growth of this team and our program that we can continue to keep getting better with every opportunity in front of us. But it was that third quarter where we put them away, and having Laurel eclipse the 1,000-point mark was truly special.”

The previous evening, the Blazers’ defense was superb in a 38-25 victory at Shalom. The Blazers led only 15-10 at the half but held the Flames to three points in the third period. They led 26-13 at the end of three and stretched the lead to 17 in the final period.

Yanosik led the Blazers with 18 points, while Reitz followed with 12. Also scoring were Sarah Vandersleen with four points, Stake with three and Moats with two.

On Tuesday, the Blazers hammered Faith Christian, 53-27. The Blazers ran out to a big 21-6 lead at the end of the first period and went up 34-15 at the half.

Reitz led the Blazers with her second consecutive 25-point showing. Yanosik also fired in 20 points. Hott and Moats each scored three points and Vandersleen added two.