HCS opens with tourney title in girls hoops

While public school girls basketball teams are awaiting opening day, Harford Christian tipped off its season in winning fashion over the weekend.

The Eagles, host of their own season-opening tournament, won twice to win the tourney for a second straight year.

The Eagles opened play Friday with a 65-27 win over Red Lion Christian of Pennsylvania. Harford Christian led 11-10 after one quarter, but blew the game open with a 20-4 scoring advantage in quarter number two. The Eagles continued rolling in the second half, outscoring Red Lion, 34-11.

Chloe Akers pumped in 19 points to lead the Eagles and Gabrielle Joyner netted eight points. Grace Shanahan added seven points, while Taylor Lavin and Kelsey Williams each scored six.

Amanda Goode grabbed nine rebounds and Abby Hughey added eight boards.

In the title game played Saturday, Harford Christian put three players in double figures as the Eagles knocked off Covenant Life from Gaithersburg, 46-41.

The Eagles led at half, 23-10, but held on to win by five after getting outscored 31-23 in the second half.

Williams scored 12 points to lead the Eagles, while Akers and Joyner each scored 10. Lavin pulled down 13 rebounds and Williams had three blocked shots.

Akers and Joyner were both named All-Tournament for their play.

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