The Heritage Hawks and Lady Hawks were rude hosts Tuesday evening, beating the Griffin Christian Crusaders and Lady Crusaders by huge margins in non-region action at The Heritage Center.
Heritage 84, Griffin Christian 52 (boys):
The homestanding Heritage Hawks (5-1) scored 32 points in the third quarter to turn a close game into a rout Tuesday as they whipped the Griffin Christian Crusaders 84-52.
Griffin Christian’s Javon Thompson scored 11 points in the first period to keep the Crusaders in the game early in the first. GC (8-2) only trailed 16-11, but the Hawks tandem of Lance Terry and Ebe Dowuona hit several baskets late to give the Hawks the 25-15 lead after one quarter of play.
Heritage kept a double-digit lead in the second thanks to Terry’s scoring prowess and led 38-24 at the half.
The Heritage ball pressure wore down GC in the third quarter, as the visitors committed several turnovers that led to fast-break points for the Hawks. Heritage consistently drove to the basket with good results in the period. The Hawks converted four 3-point plays to push the lead to 30 points, 57-27, with 3:00 remaining in the third and thanks to their scoring barrage, they led 70-38 heading to the fourth quarter.
The Heritage reserves played the majority of the fourth quarter, cruising to the 32-point victory.
Floyd Davis led GC with 17 points, and Thompson finished with 11.
Terry led Heritage with 29 points and Dowuona added 17 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Dylan McLean added 12 points, and Jake Canter chipped in 11 for Heritage, which hosts GISA Region 1-AAA opponent Dominion Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“This was a total team effort tonight. We didn’t take care of the ball in the first half, but we did much better in the second half,” said Canter, a senior.
“We attacked the closeouts and got to the middle of the lane in the second half and that helped us win,” said the junior Terry.
Heritage 64, Griffin Christian 16 (girls):
The Heritage Lady Hawks led 23-5 after the first quarter and didn’t look back, rolling past the Griffin Christian Lady Crusaders 64-16 Tuesday evening at home.
The Lady Hawks — the defending GISA Class AAA champions — played solid basketball Tuesday, making crisp passes, taking good shots and playing good defense against the young Lady Crusaders, which played with only one senior and one junior in their entire lineup.
Heritage led 43-11 at halftime and 59-16 heading to the fourth quarter.
Senior Carley Deaton led GC’s girls with 10 points.
Emily Cushing scored 10 points along with five rebounds and three steals for Heritage, followed by Tricia Underwood with 10 points and three steals. Carissa Vazquez added eight points and four assists, and Olivia Ayers scored eight points with five rebounds for Heritage, which hosts Dominion Christian at 6 p.m. Friday.
Trinity 76, Bethlehem Christian 44 (boys):
The Trinity Christian Lions remained undefeated Tuesday evening, rolling to a huge 76-44 win over Bethlehem Christian in GISA Region 1-AAA play at home.
Erick Valdez led Trinity (9-0) with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jamir Williams added 15 points and three steals, and Tyler Whitfield chipped in 10 points and four steals.