High School Basketball

Heritage School lineups add another sweep

Heritage School basketball teams swept opponents for the second time in a four-day span as its girls team continued to put up some impressive defensive efforts early in the season.

While expressing confidence that his team could win games by holding opponents to under 30 points, head coach Derrick Clay saw his Lady Hawks keep their last two foes to nearly single digits.

Coming off a stunning 41-6 win over Calvary Christian on Saturday, Heritage’s girls shut out Praise Academy in both the first and fourth quarters en route to an equally convinc- ing 59-11 blowout on the road Tuesday behind 16 points from freshman Kara Groover on 7 of 10 shooting from the field.

In all, 12 Lady Hawks players contributed to the scoring as the team posted 21 steals and committed just seven turnovers against Praise in a game where Heritage’s girls led 27-0 after one quarter. Amanda Windom added eight points and Karlee Groover finished with six in the win.

On Saturday against Calvary Christian, the team jumped out to leads of 21-2 and 31-4 in the first half. Lillie Smith’s 20-points on 9 of 14 shooting from the field led the scoring for the Lady Hawks.

The Hawks, meanwhile, fought off Praise for a 54-47 victory on Tuesday behind 24 points from Rich Yancey, who also added seven rebounds. It was Yancey’s second straight 20-point outing and the sharpshooter joined Glavin Groover in connecting for a pair of 3-pointers for the second straight game.

Coming off Saturday’s slim 59-57 comeback effort over Calvary where the team trailed by 10 after one quarter, Heritage’s boys stayed in front of Praise.

Getting nine points from sophomore Cole Jones and Mack Wilkins, the Hawks maintained a 31-27 halftime lead doubled it by outscoring Praise 14-10 in the third quarter. Jones had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Calvary, which saw Heritage rally from a 38-25 halftime deficit.

TRINITY, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER: Former Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama rivals Trinity Christian and Heritage Christian split a doubleheader on Monday with the Lady Lions and Crusaders pulling out victories.

Led by Ashley Caldwell’s 16 points, Trinity’s girls defeated Heritage Christian 31-25 while outlasting the Lady Crusaders in the fourth quarter in a game that was tied both at halftime (12-12) and after three quarters (20-20).

Kaley Grace added eight points for the Lady Lions.

Heritage Christian’s boys, meanwhile, dominated the second half of a 50-42 victory after trailing 29-27 at halftime. Korey McGinnis led Trinity with 19 points while Jacob Downs added nine in the loss.

Coaches can report scores to the Times-Herald by e-mail at sports@newnan.com.

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