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Shalom Christian goes 1-2 at NCSAA Tournament

ERIE >> Shalom Christian's girls basketball team didn't play its best at the National Christian School Athletic Association Basketball Championships in Erie last week, finishing with a 1-2 record to place third in its division.

The Flames, who end their season with a 17-6 record, lost a play-in game to Elk Valley Christian, 64-61, and were placed in the third division. Tori Yoder scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Flames, and Kara Lehman added 10 points.

In its division opener, Shalom faced St. John's Baptist, a team the Flames had beaten 65-36 early in the season. But St. John's pulled off the upset, picking up a 45-34 win to send the Flames into the consolation game.

"We had four points until midway through the second quarter," Shalom coach Brad Eby said. "We could have had a better tournament, but it was a good experience for us overall."

Shalom finished off the tournament with a 46-15 win over First Baptist Christian to take third place.

Yoder dominated throughout the tournament, scoring a total of 77 points in three games (25.6 points per game). Lydia Harris finished with a combined 22 points.

"This tournament takes all kinds of skill levels, so no matter what division you're in, it's going to be competitive," Eby said. "It's such a unique tournament, and I think the girls really enjoyed themselves."