Published Saturday, January 19, 2013

Prep Basketball: Heritage School opens new facility, sweeps Trinity Christian

By DOUG GORMAN

dgorman@newnan.com

The Heritage School basketball teams found the perfect way to celebrate the opening of their new gym on Friday. It was simply sweeping their biggest rivals – Trinity Christian – in a pair of GISA Region 1-AAA contests.

The Heritage School Lady Hawks won the girls' game 46-22, followed by the Hawks' 76-46 win in the boys game.

Thanks to a one-night permit of occupancy, Heritage School was able to play its contest with Trinity Christian in its new gym. Some minor construction still remains to be finished with the facility, meaning the basketball teams will move back to the old gym for the rest of the year.

On Friday night, none of that seemed to matter has both home teams took control early and were never challenged.

(To view photos from both games, visit http://photos.times-herald.com/mycapture and click on Sports for the Photo Gallery.)

With the win in the boys game, the Hawks completed the a season sweep of Trinity Christian.

Heritage School (13-1, 4-1) spread the wealth with at least 13 players contributing on the scoresheet.

Garrett Jones led the way for the Hawks with a 16-point effort. His play inside allowed the Hawks to control the boards at both ends of the floor throughout the contest. Jones took over the game in the first period for the Hawks, scoring eight points helping Heritage School build a 30-11 lead.The Hawks pushed the lead to 42-24 at the half.

Heritage School put the game away in the third quarter outscoring the Lions 28-8 and take a commanding 28-point lead at 60-32.

Spencer Perry, who didn’t score in the first half, added five points in the third period, including a 3-pointer to help pace the Hawks.

His 3-point shot came in the opening minutes of the third quarter. He also added a trey in the final period to finish with 11 points.

Trey Anderson and Glen Whisby did their parts to keep the Lions in the game with a 14- and 12-point efforts, respectively. Anderson hit two 3-point shots in the contest.

GIRLS – Heritage School 46, Trinity Christian 22

The Heritage School Lady Hawks led from start to finish and defeated rival Trinity Christian 46-22. The win helped Heritage School avenge last month’s one-point loss to the Lady Lions at Trinity.

Heritage School built a 27-11 lead at the end of the first half, taking advantage of a combination of outside shooting and baskets in the paint.

After taking an 8-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Hawks turned up their offense in the second with an explosive last four minutes of the period. Paced by Elizabeth Massenburg’s seven points late in the period, the Lady Hawks gradually pulled away.

Smith’s 3-point gave the Lady Hawks a 20-7 lead. From there, Heritage School outscored Trinity Christian 7-4 right late in the second quarter.

Chase Parker and Massenburg each scored 10 points for the Lady Hawks. Lily Smith added 8. Alex Huber had the hot hand for the Lady Lions, leading the team with 11.

Elizabeth Dieckmann scored all six of their points in the fourth quarter as Heritage School pushed the lead to 20 points for the first time.

The Lady Hawks defense held the Lady Lions to just eight shots from the field en route the win, including just one field goal in the first quarter and two in the fourth.

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