GISA Basketball

Heritage teams win minus key players

Heritage School basketball teams each had the chance to see how well they could respond without key players in the lineup on Saturday against Praise Academy.

The Lady Hawks were missing three contributors, while continuing to be minus standout Lillie Smith while Heritage’s boys were without 6-foot-3 center Cole Jones to an ankle injury.

Yet both teams showed they could answer the call with respective victories.

With Smith still ailing and sisters Kara and Karlee Groover out of the lineup, the Lady Hawks continued their prowess for smothering opponents with their defense in a 51-13 victory over Praise. It came one night after holding Region 1-AAA foe Dominion Christian scoreless in the first half of a similar victory.

On Saturday, Maggie Crosby got a chance to step into the spotlight while outscoring Praise’s entire lineup. Her game-high 14 points came on 7 of 13 shooting from the field as Heritage’s girls jumped out to a 19-2 lead after one quarter.

The Hawks, meanwhile, rode Rich Yancey’s 17 points to a 66-43 win over Praise while using a 15-5 run in the third quarter to pull away. Heritage’s boys grabbed a five-point lead after one quarter that held until halftime before outscoring Praise 38-16 over the final two periods.

Jai Singh stepped up in Jones’ absence in a 13-point outing where he missed just two of his seven attempts from the field for the Hawks. Luke Smith had nine while Ryan Blackstone and Glavin Groover finished with seven and six points, respectively, among nine Heritage scorers.

Minus three players, 10 Lady Hawks managed to contribute to the scoring on Saturday with sisters Zofia and Ruthie Powell combining for 11 points. Heritage’s girls finished with 43 rebounds and committed just five turnovers in the victory.

Ansley Dieckmann had a team-high eight rebounds to go with her five points while Amanda Windom had seven rebounds and six points for the Lady Hawks.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN (boys) 65, FLINT RIVER 60: The Lions held off a second-half surge from the Wildcats to post back-to-back wins for the first time this season thanks while getting clutch play down the stretch from Christian Downs and Spencer Bryan en route to respective 22 and 15-point efforts.

Trinity stormed out to a 32-26 lead at halftime, but trailed 60-59 late before scoring the final six points of the game.

Downs started the comeback with a block and on the ensuing possession put the Lions ahead for good 61-60 with a jumper. He then hit both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity and Bryan followed from the free-throw line to clinch the non-region victory.

Trinity’s boys were coming off Friday’s win over Holy Spirit, its first in Region 1-AAA play.

Luke Hammock paced Saturday’s effort with 10 points for the Lions.

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