High School Basketball
Lady Hawks' defensive pressure nets 53-15 victory
Back at full strength, The Heritage School's girls basketball team continued a season-long trend of aggravating opponents with its defense on Tuesday at home in a dominating 53-15 victory over Atlanta Girls School to remain unbeaten in Region 1-AAA heading into a showdown tonight at home with The Weber School.
On Tuesday, the Lady Hawks, who welcomed back three players who were absent in Saturday's 51-13 victory over Praise Academy, held an opponent to under 25 points for the seventh time this season and 15 or less for the third consecutive victory while now ranked fifth in GISA Class AAA.
Heritage (13-3, 3-0 in 1-AAA) jumped out to a 23-5 lead after one quarter and took a commanding 35-9 advantage into halftime while holding Atlanta Girls to five or fewer points in all four periods.
Groover sisters Kara and Karlee combined for 17 points including a gamehigh 11 from Kara while returning to the court. Standout Lillie Smith continued to work her way back into the lineup following an ankle injury for a basket and three rebounds.
Up front, Amanda Windom continued to step into a bigger role, posting a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Maggie Crosby also had 10 points among nine scorers.
Heritage, Weber (9-3, 2-1), Holy Spirit (6-5, 2-0) and Loganville Christian (8-1, 3-1) - which defeated a injury-plagued Trinity Christian team on Tuesday - are all battling for first place in 1-AAA.
LANGSTON HUGHES 61, NEWNAN 29 (GIRLS): The Lady Cougars fell to 5-13 overall and 1-2 in Region 3-AAAAA play Tuesday after struggling against a solid Lady Panthers team that jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead while improving their record to 3-1 in 3-AAAAAA and 17-2 overall.
Newnan's girls hung in for one quarter while trailing 15-7 before struggling from the field over the next eight minutes.
Chaycie Goggins' free-throw in the final seconds before halftime accounted for the Lady Cougars only points of the second quarter.
Goggins hit a 3-pointer and layup in the first quarter and Destani Parks also had a basket in the first eight minutes of the game, but the Lady Cougars never could get their game on track.
Parks led the way for Newnan with 8 points and Goggins finished with 6.
Langston Hughes Si'Taralya Nelloms hit two 3-pointers and led all scorers with 14.
LOGANVILLE CHRISTIAN 44, TRINITY CHRISTIAN 21: With top players Sara Bryan and Ashley Caldwell battling injuries for much of the game after sitting out Saturday's 54-20 loss to Flint River, the Lady Lions struggled against a solid Loganville lineup despite receiving eight points from Celine Paul and seven from Kaley Grace.
Grace was coming off a 12-point outing against Flint River.
McINTOSH 51, NORTHGATE 33: The Lady Vikings (7-12, 1-9 in Region 4-AAAAA) tried to battle back down 27-15 at halftime, trimming their deficit to eight heading into the fourth quarter before running out of steam against the Lady Chiefs (10-9, 5-5).