From staff reports

MARION - Shalom Christian took control in the first quarter vs. Calvary Christian on Tuesday night and nailed down a 43-31 victory in the first round of the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball playoffs.

The Flames (10-10) outscored Calvary 18-2 in the first quarter and survived a cold-shooting second period (four points) by holding the Eagles to another two points. They led 22-4 at halftime.

Jeffrey McCracken (8 first-half points), Alex Crilley (8) and Matt Wenger (7) fueled Shalom's early success.

Flames coach Danley Shank said, "The guys really got out to a quick start. I thought our seniors, Matt, Jeff and Alex, did a great job of playing hard but keeping their emotions in check. I did not want them to try and do too much and I thought they played within themselves. Defensively, when you can hold a team to four points, you have played a great half."

McCracken wound up as the game's high scorer with 19 points. He was 7-for-9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

Shank said, "Offensively we struggled at times and let them hang around by making turnovers and not making foul shots (7-for-14 in the fourth quarter). But defensively we played hard and held on for the win."

The Eagles were led by Matt Dillow with 10 points.

The Flames advanced to the MDCC semifinals vs. Broadfording.

Shank said, "I look forward to the challenge of facing the No. 1 seed, Broadfording, on Friday."

Shalom Christian 43

Calvary Christian 31

CALVARY

Tyler Michael 3 1-2 7, Matt Dillow 4 0-1 10, Caleb Snyder 0-0 1-4 1, Justin Swogger 3 0-0 6, Gavin Hart 3 0-0 7. Totals 13 2-7 31.

SHALOM

Hunter Martin 0 0-0 0, Matt Wenger 3 1-6 9, Barrett Eshbaugh 0 0-0 0, Jeffrey McCracken 5 9-12 19, Alex Crilley 3 1-3 8, Jake Holderman 0 0-0 0, Quentin Clapper 3 1-3 7. Totals 14 12-24 43.

Calvary Christian 2 2 12 15 - 31

Shalom Christian 18 4 8 13 - 43

3-point shots - Cal 3 (Dillow 2, Hart); SC 3 (Wenger 2, Crilley). Fouled out - Hart.

Next game: Friday, in MDCC semifinals vs. Broadfording at Grace Academy, TBA.

BOYS

Heritage Academy 67, CV Christian 50: Cumberland Valley Christian couldn't overcome a 21-point halftime deficit to Heritage Academy in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference first-round boys basketball playoff Tuesday.

Josh Sanders scored 21 points for the Blazers (8-15), including three of the team's seven 3-pointers. Alex and Ben Cosner were too much offense for CVC to handle, though, combining for 37 of the Eagles' 67 points.

"We just came out flat," Blazer coach Mike Sanders said. "It was a tale of two halves. Our offense was stagnant in the first half; we moved the ball around better in second. The big problem on defense was our inability to stop them in the low post. I thought we played hard and didn't quit, but ran out of time to try and comeback."

Jeremiah Graves led the Blazers with eight rebounds, while Kody Kipe chipped in 10 points.

Heritage Academy 67

Cumb. Valley Christian 50

CV CHRISTIAN

Josh Sanders 8 2-4 21, Darrin Baker 1 0-0 2, Conner Chapman 2 1-2 5, Jeremiah Graves 1 0-0 3, Kody Kipe 4 0-0 10, Harper Lee 3 2-2 9. Totals 19 5-8 50.

HERITAGE

Alex Cosner 7 4-8 18, Ben Cosner 8 3-5 19, Bryce Nigh 2 1-2 6, Chris Herrell 3 5-9 12, Nate Patey 4 2-2 10, David Anderson 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 15-26 67.

CV Christian 7 6 16 21 - 50

Heritage Academy 18 16 13 20 - 67

3-point shots - CVC 7 (Sanders 3, Kipe 2, Lee, Graves); Her 2 (Nigh, Herrell). Rebounds - CVC 31 (Graves 8). Assists - CVC 8 (Kipe 3). Steals - CVC 4. Turnovers - CVC 18. Blocked shots - CVC 2 (Chapman). Fouled out - Baker.

Next game: Feb. 28, in tournament at Erie, TBD.

GIRLS

New Life 58, CV Christian 18: Cumberland Valley Christian mustered only three points in the first and fourth quarters of Tuesday's Mason-Dixon Christian Conference girls basketball playoff game against New Life.

Morgan Keck was the bright spot for the Blazers (2-20), scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds.

Liz Catoe dominated with 27 points for the Rams, including all three of the game's 3-pointers.

Blazer coach Mike Sanders said, "We didn't come out with enough firepower and turnovers were hard for us to overcome. The girls played hard and I appreciated their effort."

New Life 58

Cumb. Valley Christian 18

CV CHRISTIAN

Morgan Keck 2 5-8 9, Karli Fogal 2 0-0 4, Karlee Kipe 0 1-2 1, Maddie Keck 1 2-4 4, Loryn Sanders 0 0-0 0, Emily Ocker 0 0-0 0, Hannah Turner 0 0-0 0, Vasia Balafoutas 0 0-0 0, Jessie Morrow 0 0-0 0, Tori Stouffer 0 0-0 0, Megan Bard 0 0-0 0. Totals 5 8-14 18.

NEW LIFE

Liz Catoe 8 8-8 27, Tirza Vick 1 4-4 6, Kelsi Stopyra 3 0-0 6, Ellen Socash 1 0-2 2, Ally Weis 2 0-0 4, Emma Johnson 2 0-2 4, Mallory Shoemaker 2 2-6 6, Julia Hamrick 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 14-22 58.

CV Christian 3 6 6 3 - 18

New Life 17 12 12 16 - 58

3-point shots - NL 3 (Catoe 3). Rebounds - CVC 20 (Mo.Keck 7). Assists - CVC 5. Steals - CVC 6 (Kipe 4). Turnovers - CVC 17. Blocked shots - CVC 2. Fouled out - Mo.Keck.

Next game: Feb. 28, in tournament at Erie, TBD.