Ranked Stratford too much for Heritage School

MACON - The Heritage School found out the hard way on Friday why Stratford Academy's basketball teams are ranked among the top-two in respect ive GISA Class AAA coaches polls.

The Hawks kept up with top-ranked Stratford for a quarter before the Eagles slowly began to pull away in a 77-54 loss, despite double-digit efforts from Rich Yancey and Cole Jones.

Yancey finished with 11 points and Jones added 10, but 19 turnovers proved costly against Stratford, which is off to a 9-1 start heading into Region 2-AAA play.

The Hawks fell to 5-2 while gearing up for the start of its Region 1-AAA schedule today at home against all-boys school Community Christian (6-2, 2-0). The Lady Hawks will host Crown Athletics in a nonregion game. On Friday, Heritage's girls were held to 30-percent shooting from the field and went just 6 of 18 from the line in a 49-28 loss to No. 2-ranked Stratford.

The Lady Eagles jumped out to leads of 15-7 after one quarter and 27-14 after halftime while holding Heritage to seven points each period.

Maggie Crosby led the Lady Hawks with seven points in the loss while Ruthie Powell added six. Amanda Windom finished with a team-high eight rebounds to go with five points for Heritage.

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