BY RANDY MCROBERTS, firstname.lastname@example.org
12:14 PM EST, December 4, 2012
The Harford Christian School girls basketball team got its season off to a fast and memorable start Friday and Saturday. The Eagles won their annual Tip-Off Tourney with two victories, giving head coach Brian Akers his 300th win.
"Winning the 300th makes me think back on all the games, all the wonderful players and the great opportunity that God has blessed me with," Akers said. "The winning has been a result of the ladies hard work over the years. I am most proud of them and their Godly example many live by now. Today was a great day to appreciate game one where I coached my sister [Suzanne] and game 300 where my daughter, Chloe, is a captain. I thank my wife for allowing me to coach, my athletic director Cheri Lefever, my assistant coaches and my players."
In winning the tournament, HCS had little trouble with either opponent. The Eagles opened play Friday night with a 51-17 win over Red Lion Christian of Pennsylvania. HCS then won the tournament Saturday by smashing Grace Christian Academy of Waldorf, 66-8.
In Friday's game, Chloe Akers led the winners with 14 points and Amanda Goode had a double–double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kelsey Williams had 11 rebounds.
In Saturday's game, the Eagles cruised from the opening tip, leading 13-0 after one quarter. The Eagles led 29-7 at the half and then outscored the visitors, 37-1, in the second half. Freshman Taylor Lavin had the big night off the bench, scoring 18 points and snatching 12 rebounds. Williams finished with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Grace Shanahan scored nine points and Akers had eight points. Stephanie Tittel added eight steals.