Hawks join Heritage girls in GISA Elite 8
MACON-There must be a case of postseason basketball fever making its way through the halls of The Heritage School.
After the Lady Hawks won their first-round GISA Class AAA game Wednesday, the boys took a page out of the same script with a dramatic 48-41 upset victory over Mount De Sales on Thursday in a game played at Stratford Academy.
The Cavaliers entered the contest as the No. 2 seed out of Region 2-AAA, while Heritage was the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAA.
Both Heritage teams are now one victory away from advancing to the Class AAA Final Four next week at Mercer University after eliminating both of Mount de Sales' basketball teams from the postseason over consecutive days.
Heritage (15-7) beat Mount De Sales (15-10) with some stingy second-quarter defense.
After falling behind 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Hawks held Mount De Sales to just points in the second quarter and led 23-13 at the end of the first half.
The Hawks extended the lead to 31-18 at the end of the third quarter and then held off a comeback attempt by the Cavaliers to advance to the Elite 8.
Heritage moves on to play Region 4-AAA champion Augusta Prep on Saturday at 2:30 at Tattnall Square, also in Macon. Augusta Prep defeated Brookwood, the No. 4 seed out of 3-AAA with a 49-39 victory.
Against Mount de Sales, Rich Yancey led the way for the Hawks with a double-double including 23 point effort. He also pulled down 13 rebounds.
Yancey connected on 7 of 14 attempts from the field and also converted half of his free throw attempts, knocking down 8 of 16.
Cole Jones and Luke Smith finished the game with seven points apiece en route to the win. Jones, a sophomore, added a team-high 14 rebounds, 13 coming from the defensive end.
Glavine Groover finished with six points, going 4 of 7 from the free-throw line. He also had six of Heritage's 14 steals in the win.
Mack Wilkins added two points to help pace the Hawks to their win.
The Lady Hawks will have the first chance to punch the ticket to the final four when they take on Southland tonight at 7 p.m. at Tattnall Square.
Heritage's girl are coming off a huge 48-18 victory over Mount de Sales' girls after holding the Lady Cavaliers to just five points in the first half.
Freshman Kara Groover has been the catalyst all season for the Lady Hawks and it showed in the firstround win against the Lady Cavaliers as he tossed in 16 points.
HAWKS 48, CAVALIERS 41
Mount de Sales 11 2 5 23-41 Heritage School 9 14 6 18-48