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Shalom Christian wins 2 MDCC playoff games

Shalom Christian will be well-represented at the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference basketball semifinals Friday night.

The Flames girls basketball team picked up a 58-30 victory over Faith Christian in a first-round game Tuesday night after bolting to a 17-2 advantage after one quarter of play.

The Shalom boys came through with a 65-43 victory over Calvary Christian, despite missing two of its top six players - including leading scorer Jonah Stains - because of injury.

The MDCC semifinals and finals will be held at the Berkeley Rec. Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. The Shalom girls will play at 6:30 against Grace Academy, which beat Broadfording 42-32 on Tuesday, while the boys play at 5 p.m. against Broadfording, which punched its ticket to the semifinal with an 82-56 win over Heritage.

In a practice last Friday, Stains hurt his foot and Coby Roseman suffered a broken ankle. Stains is questionable for the rest of the tournament.

However, the Flames picked up the slack. Chase Martin equaled his career high with 20 points, Micah Lehman tallied 14 points and Cameron Roseman added 13.

"We had to switch around our game plan without those two guys," Shalom coach Danley Shank said. "But the kids responded well. Everybody seemed to step up and play a little better."

The Flames (18-6) outscored Calvary 22-6 in the first period and led 42-21 by halftime.

Similarly, Shalom Christian's girls ran up a big lead early and were never headed. In fact, the Flames outscored Faith 29-5 in the second half.

"It was a great start and we were able to get our bench in early," Shalom coach Brad Eby said. "We played tough defense and were able to give ourselves good opportunities on offense."

Brooke Emge poured in 22 points to lead the Flames (17-6), and Grace Benfe added 18. Emge also had 11 rebounds, four steals and four assists, while Hannah Pogue pulled down eight boards.