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In last year's Crusader Christmas Classic at the Christian School of York, Fairfield matched up against the tournament's host in the championship game. In that contest, Fairfield's Abby Herring scored 33 of the Green Knights' 36 points in a win.

Fast forward one year and in the opening round of the eighth annual Crusader Christmas Classic, the Crusaders knew what they had to do: stop Herring.

The Crusaders accomplished their mission during a 42-20 victory as they forced the Green Knights into 21 turnovers and held Herring to single digits in scoring.

"It was a team goal to make her work for her buckets," Crusaders head coach Michael Graybill said. "I knew we weren't going to totally shut her down, but if we could make her work hard it would give us a chance to get the win."

The Crusaders (7-0) will face Shalom Christian Academy at 6 p.m. in Tuesday's title game.

On the boys' side, Fairfield beat Christian School of York, 58-38. The Green Knights (2-6) will face a familiar foe, Biglerville, in the title game at 7:30 tonight.

"We are looking forward to the challenge. We know they are going to come out and play hard," Fairfield head coach Andrew Winebrenner said.

The Canners and Green Knights faced off last week, with Biglerville scoring a 75-50 win.

In the girls' game, Christian School of York held the visitors to single digits in scoring in every quarter and relied on the shooting of Kendis Butler and Mekenzie Smith to pull away for the win.

Butler finished with 19 points and hit four 3-pointers, including three in the third quarter alone.

"She's so unselfish," Graybill said of Butler. "She's always looking to get her teammates involved but can knock that shot down."

Smith tallied 11 points and hit one of the team's five third-quarter 3-pointers.

Herring led the Green Knights with nine points.

In the boys' contest, Fairfield scored 20 first-quarter points. Tristen Griffith scored 10 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter.

"We've had slow starts throughout the year, so it was nice to be aggressive and get some turnovers," Winebrenner said. "Tristen is one of the guys we look to get the ball to and has been the key to our offense so far this year."

Nine Green Knights tallied at least two points.

Anthony Torreullas led the Crusaders with 18 points.

Girls' result

Christian School of York 42, Fairfield 20

Fairfield (20)

Macharsky 2 1-2 5, Sanders 2 0-0 4, Abigail Herring 4 0-0 9, Shaffer 0 0-0 0, Bolyard 1 0-0 2, Harbaugh 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 1-2 20.

Christian School of York (42)

Martin 0 0-1 0, Shelton 1 0-0 2, Kendis Butler 6 3-9 19, Mekenzie Smith 4 2-2 11, Larson 1 0-0 2, Landis 1 0-0 3, Stauffer 0 0-0 0, Hess 2 1-2 5. Totals: 15 6-14 42.

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3-point goals: F 1 (Herring); CSY 6 (Butler 4, Smith, Landis).

Boys' result

Fairfield 58, Christian School of York 38

Fairfield (58)

Stadler 1 3-4 5, Ball 3 0-0 7, Moore 4 0-0 8, Novotny 1 0-0 2, Yingling 1 0-0 3, Tristen Griffith 9 0-0 20, Mort 3 0-0 7, Macharsky 2 0-2 4, Salois 1 0-0 2. Totals – 25 3-6 58.

Christian School of York (38)

Stump 0 0-0 0, Taylor 2 2-2 6, Anthony Torreullas 7 2-3 18, Freeman 0 0-0 0, Sean Graybill 4 1-4 10, Brittell 0 0-0 0, Luo 1 0-0 2, Himes 1 0-0 2. Totals – 15 5-9 38.

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3-point goals: F 5 (Griffith 2, Mort, Yingling, Ball); CSY 3 (Torreullas 2, Graybill).

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