High School Basketball

Heritage School girls win 12th straight

The Heritage School girls basketball team may be sick of the ride to Atlanta after three consecutive nights of road trips up Interstate 85.

But the bus trips home have certainly been enjoyable.

The Lady Hawks remained unbeaten in Region 1-AAA on Saturday, completing a series of road victories with a 46-33 victory at Holy Spirit in a showdown of region frontrunners.

The win was the 12th straight for Heritage’s girls while also improving its 1-AAA record to 10-0 and 20-3 overall heading into the team’s final two games of the regular season.

Against second-place Holy Spirit (13-5, 8-1), the Lady Hawks opened up a three-point lead after one quarter by going on a 12-4 run into halftime.

Freshman Kara Groover led Heritage with 13 points and 13 assists as the team overcame a rough night offensively. Leading 23-12 at halftime, Holy Spirit closed within six heading into the final period before the Lady Hawks outscored their opponents 13-6 over the final eight minutes.

Karlee Groover added 10 points and six rebounds for Heritage while Maggie Crosby added nine points in the win.

Recapping other varsity games on Saturday:

HERITAGE SCHOOL (boys) 62, COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 59: Rich Yancey scored 19 points and added 12 rebounds as the Hawks held on for the Region 1-AAA victory.

Cole Jones added 14 points and six rebounds while Glavin Groover posted nine points and five steals for Heritage (13-7, 6-3), which pulled even with Community Christian (13-5, 6-3) for third place in the region standings.

WESTLAKE (boys) 59, NEWNAN 49: The Lions wrapped up the No. 1 seed in next week’s Region 3-AAAAAA tournament by taking leads of 15-6 and 27-14 in the first half and forcing to Cougars to fight back in the second half.

Doniel Dean led Newnan with 20 points while big men Immanuel Griggs and Jannson Williams added nine and eight, respectively.

Newnan finished the regular season as the No. 4 seed from 3-AAAAAA and will face the winner of Saturday’s East Coweta-Hughes game on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m at Tri-Cities.

HUGHES (Girls) 59, EAST COWETA 31: The Lady Indians wrapped up the regular season at 10-14 overall and 3-7 in 3-AAAAAA while taking the No. 4 seed into Tuesday’s region tournament opener against No. 5 Newnan at 7 p.m.

The Lady Panthers (21-4, 7-3) finished third in 3-AAAAAA and will open tournament play at 4 p.m. against host Tri-Cities (7-12, 1-9).

In Friday’s late games:

LOGANVILLE CHRISTIAN (girls) 45, TRINITY CHRISTIAN 39: Facing Region 1-AAA’s third place team, the Lady Lions led throughout much of three quarters before Loganville (11-3, 5-3) got hot from long range in the final period.

Sara Bryan and Ashley Caldwell led Trinity (9-11, 2-6) with 15 and 14 points, respectively while Kaley Grace finished with seven.

Down just 17-16 at halftime, Trinity battled back in the third to take a 30-27 lead.

But Loganville’s girls closed on a 10-4 run while hitting three 3-pointers during the final stretch.

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