From staff reports

MERCERSBURG - Mercersburg Academy pulled out a non-league girls basketball victory over a gritty Shalom Christian team on Thursday, 53-39 to continue its perfect start to the season.

The Blue Storm (3-0) couldn't have asked for much more out of Teal Tasker, who finished the game just shy of a triple-double with 15 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists. She also had three of Mercerburg's four blocked shots on the night.

Tasker's effort still wasn't enough to top her teammate as the game's high scorer - Hanna Warfield claimed that title with her 16 points, while Sarah Firestone added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Shalom coach Brad Eby was impressed not just by Tasker and Warfield, but the entire Blue Storm effort.

"It wasn't just one player, you could tell their team was very well coached," Eby said. "I was expecting them to play very tough and they did not disappoint. They worked very well together."

The Flames (1-1) were no pushover. At the half, the Blue Storm led by a score of only 22-21. Shalom came out flat to start the second half, though, never recovering to get any closer than the intermission margin.

Nonetheless, Eby was proud of his girls' effort.

"I was very pleased with our girls tonight. This was probably one of the best competitors we'll see this year," he said. "It taught us a lot, so I'm very proud in general."

Tori Yoder led Shalom with 15 points. Freshman Lydia Harris continued her solid play, too.

"(Lydia) showed great hustle," Eby said.


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"Some of her inside shots that normally fall just didn't fall for her."

Mercersburg Academy 53

Shalom Christian 39

SHALOM

Kamry Baum 2 0 4, Rachel Holderman 1 0 2, Kara Lehman 2 0 4, Brooke Kuhns 1 2 4, Lydia Harris 4 2 10, Tori Yoder 6 1 15. Totals 16 5 39.

MERCERSBURG

Teal Tasker 7 1 15, Hanna Warfield 6 2 16, McKenzie Brink 2 0 4, Sarah Firestone 5 4 14, Sydney Reath 2 0 4. Totals 22 7 53.

Shalom 9 12 8 10 - 39

Mercersburg 9 13 12 19 - 53

3-point shots - SC (Yoder 2); MA (Warfield 2). Shooting - SC 16-53 (30.1%); MA 22-74 (29%). Rebounds - SC 20 (Yoder 7); MA 53 (Tasker 19, Firestone 12). Assists - MA 9 (Tasker 5). Steals - SC 7; MA 4. Turnovers - SC 10; MA 8. Blocked shots - SC 3; MA 4 (Tasker 3).

Next game: Mercersburg: Tuesday, at St. Maria Goretti, 7 Shalom: Dec. 14, at Faith Christian, 6.