MERCERSBURG - McConnellsburg's Nikki Fleming made two free throws at the end of the game to clinch a 51-45 win over James Buchanan in a non-league girls basketball game on Saturday night.

The Rockets trailed 25-13 at halftime and 36-24 after three quarters, then mounted a comeback in the last period. JB got within four points with less than 10 seconds left, then had to foul the Spartans. That's when Fleming made her foul shots.

Spartans coach Dave Garland said, "We built a nice lead and had them in foul trouble early in the second half. We were already in bonus before the end of the third quarter. We made just enough free throws (26-for-44) to win. At the end, when we absolutely had to make them, we did."

JB scored only five points in the second quarter and it came back to haunt the Rockets.

Buchanan coach Rick Cristofano said, "The second quarter killed us. We couldn't buy a basket. In the second half we went to a pressing defense and got close, but that was it."

Jessi Keefer led McConnellsburg (9-8) with 17 points and had eight rebounds. Fleming added 11 points, pulled down eight rebounds and had four assists. For JB (5-16), Cheyenne Carbaugh scored 11 points and had 13 rebounds and four assists.

James Buchanan 45

McConnellsburg 51

McCONNELLSBURG

Nikki Fleming 1 9-16 11, Brittney Parson 0 0-1 0, Libby Strayer 1 5-8 8, Jessi Keefer 5 7-9 17, Kylie Zittle 2 0-2 4, Sam Roberts 1 4-6 6, Kylie Keefer 2 1-2 5. Totals 12 26-44 51.


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JAMES BUCHANAN

Jenna Carbaugh 1 4-6 6, Bailey Wagner 3 0-0 8, Taylor Gorman 0 1-2 1, Jennae Piper 3 0-0 9, Rochelle Timmons 1 2-4 4, Cheyenne Carbaugh 5 1-3 11, Jess Moquin 0 0-0 0, Tristen Amsley 1 0-0 2, Erica Eberly 2 0-1 4. Totals 16 8-16 45.

McConnellsburg 10 15 11 15 - 51

James Buchanan 8 5 11 21 -45

3-point shots - McC 1 (Strayer); JB 6 (Piper 3, Wagner 2). Shooting - McC 12-38 (34%); JB 16-58 (28%). Rebounds - McC 38 (Fleming, J.Keefer 8); JB 27 (C.Carbaugh 13). Assists - McC 11 (Fleming, Roberts 4); JB 9 (C.Carbaugh 4). Steals - McC 9 (Fleming, Strayer 3); JB 9 (Timmons 4). Turnovers - McC 21; JB 14. Blocked shots - McC 3 (J.Keefer 2). Fouled out - Timmons, C.Carbaugh, Moquin.

JV: James Buchanan 25, McConnellsburg 23. Candice Plessinger led the Rockets with 10 points; Brittney Parson led the Spartans with 10 points.

Next game: JB: Tuesday, vs. Northern at Big Spring, 6 McConn: Monday, at home vs. Tussey Mountain, 7:30.

MASON-DIXON

Shalom Christian 52

Broadfording 15

Saturday, at Marion

Mason-Dixon Christain Conf. game

Shalom Christian shut Broadfording out 13-0 in the first quarter and led 28-5 by halftime "It was another good game for us," Flames coach Brad Eby said. "We had our bench play a lot and they played well together as well. We just want to keep it going." For Shalom (12-4, 9-0 MDCC), which shot 62% from the field, Tori Yoder scored 14 points and had 7 points, Lydia Harris put in 10 points and Lexi Poe led in rebounds (6) and assists (3).

Shalom 52, Broadfording 15

BROADFORDING

Ambrielle Kolb 1 0-2 2, Jade Boone 4 1-2 9, Sierra Hornick 1 0-0 2, Cheska Knable 1 0-0 2. Totals 7 1-4 15.

SHALOM

Lydia Tissue 2 0-0 4, Lexi Poe 2 0-0 4, Jessica Grove 2 0-0 4, Rachel Holderman 1 0-0 2, Kara Lehman 4 1-2 9, Jennifer Knepper 1 0-0 2, Brooke Kuhns 1 1-2 3, Lydia Harris 5 0-1 10, Tori Yoder 7 0-0 14, Kamry Baum 0 0-0 0, Brooke Poe 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 2-5 52.

Broadfording 0 5 6 4 - 15

Shalom 13 15 16 8 - 52

Shooting - SC 26-42 (62%). Rebounds - SC 23 (L.Poe 6). Assists - SC 13 (L.Poe 3). Steals - SC 15 (Yoder 7). Turnovers - SC 15. Blocked shots - SC 4 (Halderman 2).

Next game: Tuesday, at Grace Academy, 6.

MID-ATLANTIC

Hill School 67

Mercersburg Academy 36

Saturday, at Pottstown

Mid Atlantic Prep League game

Mercersburg Academy ran into a buzzsaw and lost to Hill School by 31 points "Their coach said they hadn't shot like that all year," Blue Storm assistant coach David Bell said. "They put a lot of pressure on us in the first half. They took it to us and led 45-16 at halftime." Melody Gomez led Mercersburg with 14 points and Sarah Firestone had 11 points and 5 rebounds Deanna Mayza scored 26 for the Blues The Blue Storm (13-5, 1-4 MAPL) will play for the IPSL title on Monday at St. John's Catholic Prep.

Hill 67, Mercersburg 36

MERCERSBURG

Teal Tasker 1 3-4 5, Sarah Firestone 4 3-6 11, Hanna Warfield 0 4-4 4, McKenzie Brink 1 0-0 2, Melody Gomez 5 4-8 14, Sydney Reath 0 0-0 0, Syd Godbey 0 0-0 0, Paige Richardson 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 14-22 36.

HILL

Shipper 3 0-3 6, Yoh 7 0-0 17, Antonia 1 0-0 2, Mempe 2 0-2 4, Salter 2 0-0 5, Anayouyou 1 0-1 2, Mayza 10 3-4 26, Gallagher 0 1-2 1, Graham 2 0-0 4. Totals 28 4-12 67.

Mercersburg 6 10 10 10 - 36

Hill School 23 22 19 3 - 67

3-point shots - Hill 7 (Yoh 3, Salter, Mayza 3). Shooting - MA 11-33 (33%). Rebounds - MA 17 (Firestone, Brink 5). Assists - MA 4 (Tasker 2). Steals - MA 3 (Tasker). Turnovers - MA 21. Blocked shots - MA 1 (Gomez).

Next game: Monday, in IPSL championship, at St. John's Catholic Prep, 5.