High School Basketball
Lady Hawks, Lady Crusaders win openers
by Doug Gorman
The Heritage School girls basketball team took charge of the first day in their host holiday tournament with a 46-38 victory over Brentwood School Friday among three county programs in action during the four-team event.
The tournament opened with Heritage Christian's girls defeating Trinity 52-32 before the host Lady Hawks took the floor against GISA Class AA Brentwood School.
Today's final game among girls pits host Heritage against Heritage Christian at 3 p.m. Trinity will play Brentwood in at 12 p.m.
Heritage Christian didn't let a shooting drought early effect their offensive touch late in the game en route its win over a former rival from the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama.
After a slow start by both teams in the first quarter, the Lady Crusaders broke their drought nearly four minutes into the game when CiCi Carter hit a layup for the first field goal for either team.
That started a scoring explosion for Heritage Christian has it extended the lead to 13-4 at the end of the first quarter.
Both Carter and Heather Wallace drilled back to back 3-pointers in the first period to help the team gain the momentum and the Lady Crusaders eventually took a 27-15 advantage at halftime.
Sara Bryan and Ashley Caldwell accounted for all 15 Trinity points at the break. Bryan finished with 13 and Caldwell nine in the loss.
Heritage Christian doubled its advantage on the Lady Lions just minutes into the second half on a basket by Carter en route to a game-high 14 points. Sister Rachel Carter, who chimed in nine as the siblings teamed up early in the game to push the Lady Crusaders ahead 16-4, joined teammates Chastity Scott and Sara Rusk as the advantage worked its way to 38-21 heading into the final period. In the final girls game, The Heritage School used clutch shooting from Lillie Smith in a 14-point effort to begin to pull away after taking a 31-26 lead into the final period.
'This was a really good victory for us,' Lady Hawks head coach Derrick Clay said. 'Brentwood is a scrappy team. That's one reason we invited them to come to the tournament.'
Along with Smith, whose follow up and basket off her own rebound gave Heritage School a 34-26 lead, Amanda Windom and Ansley Dieckmann also had clutch shots to help pull away on a night where the Lady Hawks managed to connect on just 10 of 21 attempts from the free-throw line.
Freshman Kara Groover added 10 points, including six straight in the middle of the third quarter, to help the Lady Hawks, who also needed a nine-point surge to take an 11-7 lead after trailing early.
'It was a good win, but there are still things we need to work on,' said Clay.
Heritage School picked up a key 3-pointer from Kate Everett in the second quarter to push the lead to 21-16.
Brentwood tried to rally back just after halftime on two quick baskets from Kalien Muller and another by Shelby Everett that tied it at 23.