The Shalom Christian girls basketball team will head back to the Mason Dixon Conference Championship for the third straight year thanks to a 65-37 victory over Grace Academy. The Flames will face Heritage in the conference championship on Saturday at the Berkeley Rec. Center in Martainsburg W.Va.
"We are hoping we peaked at the right time," Shalom coach Brad Eby said. "This was a good game for us and showed a lot of maturity for such a young team."
The Flames received a top scoring effort from Brooke Emge, who scored 25 points, while Kylie Eby and Grace Banfe added 12 and 11 points respectively. Shalom also had a well-balanced defensive effort with four players contributing seven or more rebounds, led by Eby with nine. Emge also had four steals, followed by Banfe with three.
"On defense we needed to sure some things up tonight and the girls responded really well," Eby said. "Offensively the girls were just really on tonight too."
Shalom (18-6) split a pair of regular season games with Heritage with a scoring differential of fewer than nine points.
Eby said, "Tomorrow will be a matter of how well we can take care of the inside game and how well we can work the ball and limit turnovers."
Shalom boys fall to Broadfording: The Flames suffered a heartbreaking loss to Broadfording in the MDCC semifinals on Friday, falling 48-45 to the Lions.
Shalom will play Faith Christian in the consolation round on Saturday at the Berkeley Rec. Center in Martainsburg W.Va.
Cameron Roseman led the Flames (18-7) with 19 points, while Jonah Stains returned from injury with 13.