High School Basketball
Lady Lions, Hawks capture third seeds to close 1-AAA tournament
The Trinity Lady Lions and the Heritage Hawks each have something in common.
The two basketball teams each earned No. 3 seeds out of GISA Region 1-AAA with victories Thursday in consolation games at Heritage.
The Lady Lions earned a 52-48 victory over Loganville, while the Hawks won 55-43.
TRINITY 52, LOGANVILLE 48 (girls): The Trinity Lady Lions earned a piece of history with Thursday’s victory over some Loganville.
With the win in a game between another school known as the Lions, Trinity earned their highest seed at the GISA ever.
It had already been an historic week as the girls basketball team earned its first ever trip to the GISA playoffs.
“I am just so proud of our girls,” said head coach Brian Long. “They have been working hard all season for this.”
Trinity led 19-17 at the break, but then hit a dry spell in the third quarter to nearly put itself out contention.
The Lady Lions fell behind 34-24 with just under a minute to go when Sarah Stueck hit a basket for Loganville.
Trinity whittled its way back into the game with two 3-pointers from Kaylee Grace and one from Sara Bryan.
“We talked about how we might need some three pointers to get back in the game, and we came through.”
Grace’s trey with 3:30 left in the contest finished off an 8-0 run and gave the Lady Lions the lead at 44-42.
When Bryan hit her trey with 1:18 left, Trinity led for good at 49-46.
However, despite the long range shooting from Bryan and Grace, Ashley Caldwell got into the act with 17 points to lead Trinity. Grace and Bryan had 12 each.
Heritage School 55, Community Christian (boys) 43: Heritage School led from start to finish against Community Christian from Stockbridge, but the Knights didn’t make it easy on the Hawks didn’t put the game away until late.
After Heritage built a 32-22 lead at the break and extended it to 43-30, the Knights kept coming at the Hawks with a fourth-quarter explosion.
The Knight’s Tyler Colman put the game in his own hands with a dunk, and old fashion three-point play and long-range 3-point shot in the final period to at one stretch cut the lead to 46-43.
However that was as close as the Knights could get.
Rich Yancey then took over for the Hawks with six points in the final two minutes of the game.
Yancey led the Hawks with 21 points, but had a quiet third quarter, hitting just one free throw after a 14 point second half.
However, his three-point play in the fourth quarter and his free throw helped ice the game.
“We played well in spurts, we would go on a run, and then go cold,” said Heritage head coach Rusty Evans. “That has sort of been the way we played all year.”
Glavine Groover also scored in double figures for the Hawks, finishing with 12 points.
Coleman led all scorers with 26 points.
“We knew he was going to make a difference,” Evans said. “He is a good basketball player.”
Heritage heads to Macon to open next week’s GISA Class AAA tournament against the Region 2-AAA runner-up.