High School Basketball

Hawks get win prior to temporary freeze in action

by Doug Gorman

Prior to this week's freeze, The Heritage School's boys basketball team regained some momentum in Region 1-AAA play with a 59-52 victory over Community Christian on Saturday.

The Hawks, who had Tuesday's non-region home game with Calvary Christian postponed, now head into Friday's showdown with county rival Trinity Christian.

East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate had region doubleheaders postponed as well on Tuesday that will have to be rescheduled. Makeup dates had not yet been announced.

On Saturday, the Hawks and Community Christian traded leads in the region contest for three quarters while tied 33-33 at halftime and 43-43 headed into the final period before Heritage put together a 16-9 run over the final eight minutes.

The Hawks finished with just 9 of 17 free throws, but Community Christian also had trouble from the line, connecting on just 12 of 24 free throws.

Rich Yancey led the way for the Hawks with a double-double that included game-highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Yancey connected on two of the team's four shots from 3-point range.

Cole Jones was the only other Hawk to finish in double figures, tossing in 13 points He also added 8 rebounds.

The Hawks outrebounded all-boys school Community Christian 43-42.

Playing a non-region contest prior to the boys game, Heritage's girls fell 56-53 to Crown Athletics while continuing to be without team-leader Lillie Smith.

Minus Smith, who is expected to miss at least a week with an ankle injury, the Lady Hawks fell behind 34-14 at halftime before rallying back.

Kara Groover led the way for the Lady Hawks scoring 22 points and pulling down five rebounds. Groover also connected on 5 of 8 free throws (62 percent).

Abbie Farr turned in a solid performance in the loss for the Lady Hawks, hitting on 5 of 6 shots from the field (83 percent), and finishing with 10 points.

Heritage lost the game at the line, shooting just 9 of 23 (39 percent).

RIVAL GAMES ON TAP FOR FRIDAY:

Despite having games canceled on Tuesday, the schedule will heat up along with temperatures by the end of the week.

Friday's schedule sees East Coweta hosting Newnan in a Region 3-AAAAAA doubleheader while The Heritage School travels to Trinity in GISA Region 1-AAA play.

Trinity, however, has a tune-up with Oak Mountain at home on Thursday before turning their attention to Heritage.

After having Tuesday's GHSA 4-AAAAA contest with Creekside postponed, Northgate also returns to region play on Friday, hosting Whitewater.



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