The Heritage School and Trinity Christian basketball teams split their GISA 1-AAA basketball contests in front of a packed house Friday night.
Trinity won the girls game 63-30, while the Heritage boys won 63-49 in a doubleheader played at the Heritage Center.
Heritage 63, Trinity 49 (boys): The Heritage Hawks led from start to finish Friday night in the first meeting of the year against their biggest rivals.
Playing the game without head coach Mark Lieberman, who was battling the flu, the Hawks led 10-6 after the first quarter.
The Hawks’ Lance Terry, who has the capability to score from under the basket or from long-range, opened the contest with a 3-pointer.
From there, Heritage built a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Hawks’ Ebe Dowuona had back-to-back baskets and also blocked a couple of shots to give the Hawks some early momentum.
After he connected on his second basket of the first quarter, the Hawks led 10-4.
Erick Valdez was the Lions’ offensive catalyst early, scoring four his team’s six points in the first quarter.
The Hawks pushed the lead to 33-22 at the end of the first half.
Both teams used 3-point shots in the second quarter.
Jamir Williams drilled a 3-pointer for the Lions early in the quarter to cut the Hawks’ lead to 29-20.
Terry, Kasen Jennings and Jake Canter also had long-range answers for the Hawks.
The Hawks pushed the lead to 51-33 at the end of the third quarter.
However, early in the period the Lions cut the Hawks’ lead to nine points three different times.
Twice during the period, Williams hit a pair of free throws to trim the Hawks’ margin to single digits.
The first time, he cut the Hawks’ lead to 36-27. The second time, he cut the lead to 40-31.
From there, the Hawks closed out the third quarter on a 11-2 run.
Trinity outscored the Hawks 16-12 in the final period after Williams hit two 3-point shots and and also hit three free throws.
Heritage’s Terry finished with 24 points to lead all scorers. Canter and Dowuona each had 11 for the Hawks.
Williams added 21 and Valdez 12 for the Lions.
Trinity 63, Heritage 30 (girls): The Lady Lions used an explosive offense in the first half to set the tone against Heritage.
Trinity’s Catherine Skebo opened the game by drilling a 3-point shot and the Lady Lions never trailed in the contest.
It was the first of the two 3-pointers for Skebo. Teammate Abby Bragg also connected on a 3-point shot during the first quarter.
Bragg led Trinity with 19 points. Skebo added 17 for the Lady Lions.
With Trinity up 6-0 early in the first quarter, Heritage’s Olivia Ayers cut the lead to 6-2, but that was as close as the Lady Hawks could get.
The Lady Lions closed out the first quarter on a 14-2 run and led 20-4.
Trinity kept the momentum in its favor it the second quarter, again taking advantage of some long-range shots.
Bragg hit two 3-pointers during the second quarter and the Lady Lions extended the lead to 38-13.
Ayers converted a 3-point jumper for the Lady Hawks in the second quarter.
Trinity built a 53-19 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Bragg hit a 3-pointer and also made all four free throw attempts in the third quarter to help Trinity build its lead going into the fourth quarter.
Heritage outscored Trinity 11-10 in the final stanza as Carrisa Vazquez knocked down a 3-pointer and hit two free throws, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback.
Vazquez finished with 13 points to lead Heritage.
Trinity and Heritage will meet again on Feb. 2 in a game hosted by Trinity.