HAGERSTOWN —Moni Anderson deposited a career-high 32 points to lead Broadfording Christian Academy to a 91-57 victory over Heritage Christian to win the Lions Classic on Tuesday night at Broadfording.
The junior had four 3-pointers and worked the floor end-to-end as part of a Broadfording attack that began from the beginning and never let up as the Lions won their fifth game without defeat in the early season.
“(Moni’s) a hard-working kid that loves the game,” Lions coach Burnie Clutz said. “I can’t get him out of the gym.”
Broadfording jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead and actually started the game with a pair of converted technical fouls as Heritage Christian was whistled for dunking in pregame.
Mawdo Sallah, who had eight points in the first quarter, manned the lane defensively and played bigger than his 6-foot-7 frame as the Lions moved to a 26-15 lead after one period.
Broadfording started in a fullcourt man defense, but Cisco Silva had two personal fouls and Clutz switched defenses to a 2-3 zone. Heritage continued to have problems as the Lions hounded their foe constantly.
“(Heritage) runs the floor and we wanted to show them pressure in the beginning,” Clutz said.
Silva still had 10 of his 15 points in the first half and had three offensive putbacks in the second quarter as he pounded the boards all night for 16 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive side. He also had seven assists.
“We’ve been preaching to Cisco to work on backside rebounding and he would score off them and he witnessed that tonight,” Clutz said.
Broadfording built its lead to 57-30 at halftime, based on a torrid 59 percent from the floor on 24 of 41. It was a 33-point margin at 74-41 after three periods.
Anderson had five steals and three assists to back his point production. Sallah finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks and seven assists.
Sophomore Jordan Savage led Heritage Christian, based out of Lanham, Md., with 14 points.
* St. Maria Goretti had a horrible time finding the basket in the girls championship game.
The Gaels managed to shoot 22 percent on 10 of 45 from the field, hoisting up shots that fell short of the rim or went completely over the iron.
As a result, the Frederick Force came away with a 33-24 victory.
“(Frederick) was much taller than us and we had some early foul trouble,” Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. “They pounded the ball inside and when we tried to do the same they packed their zone in on us.”
Kathryn Romanchuk scored 16 points to lead the Force, all as a result of her play inside the lane that was dominated by the Force all night.
Goretti (1-1) never led in the game, forging a 7-7 tie early in the second quarter on baskets by Abbey Eich and Lauree Lorensen.
But the Force went on a 5-0 run to end the first half with a 12-7 lead.
Eich had a free throw and goal in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 13-11, but Frederick answered with a 13-2 run for a 24-13 lead after three quarters.
“When we shoot poor we have to rely on defense,” Rideout said. “(Force) were aggressive and passed the ball well.”
The aggressiveness also was seen at the foul line where the Force took 22 shots compared to 10 for Goretti. The margin could have been wider had not the Force made more than 9 shots.
Eich and Claire Murray scored 10 points each for the Gaels.