March 7, 2008
Cortland CA boys make hoop semis
C.J. Burnett pumped in 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to power Cortland Christian Academy boys in the semifinal round of the Northern Pennsylvania Christian Academies Tournament Thursday.
The third-seeded Saints (15-2) defeated sixth-seed Bloomsburg Christian 51-43 in the second round, after receiving a first round bye, and will face second-seed Canaan Christian, the host school, tonight at 9:30 p.m. Canaan defeated Baldwinsville CA to advance.
Cortland Christian girls split two games. The fourth-seed Saints lost to Bloomsburg Christian 20-14 in the first round, but bounced back in the consolation bracket with a 36-31 overtime win over Lebanon Christian.
Cortland Christian 51, Bloomsburg Christian 43: Cortland broke a 6-6 first-quarter tie by pouring in 20 second-quarter points to take a 26-15 halftime advantage.
The Saints increased their lead to 33-17 before Bloomsburg mounted a comeback bid. Bloomsburg trailed 39-32 as the third quarter ended and crept to within 39-34 in the first minute of play in the fourth quarter before Cortland held its ground.
Greg Buchanan added eight points and 12 rebounds to the Cortland cause with Kyle Kinney dished out a team-high seven assists.
Noah Amick led Bloomsburg with 13 points with Eli Amick adding nine points.
Top-seed Fairview will meet fifth-seed Lebanon in the other semifinal contest.
Bloomsburg Christian 20, Cortland Christian 14: In a nip-and-tuck game, Cortland trailed 16-14 after the first minute of play in the fourth quarter and never scored again for the remainder of the game.
Karyn Harding led the Saints with five points while Meredith Kline and Rebecca Broadt each netted seven points for Bloomsburg.
Cortland Christian 36, Lebanon Christian 31, OT: Leah Sweeney scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Cortland to victory. Sweeney made six-of-seven shots from the field while pulling down a total of 11 rebounds.
The Saints led 27-21 with two minutes remaining in regulation time, but Lebanon came back to even the score at 27-27. With 25 seconds left, Sweeney gave Cortland a 29-27 lead, but Rachel Olson (14 points) grabbed an offensive rebound and made the putback with three seconds to go to force overtime.
Sweeney gave Cortland the first two points in overtime on an offensive putback. Lebanon tied the game with two free throws, but the Saints scored the final five points of the game to seal the win.
Courtney Hall and Larissa Little each netted six points to aid the Cortland win while Heather Coldren added seven points to the Lebanon attack.
Cortland Christian girls (9-6) will meet Muhlenburg Christian Academy today at 12:30 p.m. for fifth-place in the tournament.
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