Calvary Baptist takes state title with 43-40 win

Greater Grace cruises to Div. II championship

Basketball

March 05, 2000

Brian Neiswender hit two three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to put Calvary Baptist ahead for good, as the Knights beat Capitol Christian, 43-40, in the Maryland Christian Schools Division I boys championship at Washington Bible.

Neiswender, named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, finished with 10 points.

Calvary's leading scorer Ken Case, averaging near 27 points per game coming in, was held to nine points. But others stepped up.

"This was the biggest win in school history with an entire team effort on the court," said Calvary coach Ric Nelson. Calvary finished 27-1, while Capitol Christian concluded its season 26-8.

Greater Grace 75, New Life Christian, 52: Seniors Nathan Estabrook scored 23 points and Justin Schaller 21 to lead the Crusaders to the Division II state title.

Andrew Stevens helped Greater Grace (19-10) open a 19-point lead by halftime by hitting three three-pointers in the second half.

Girls

Covenant Life 43, Harford Christian 30: Senior point guard Laurie Marshall scored 14 points and forward Sara Simpson added 13 to lead visiting Covenant Life (24-0) over the Eagles in the Division I title game.

Junior Rose Beale scored 15 for Harford Christian (24-4).

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