BY Chris Goltermann
Heritage School’s girls basketball team kept its focus on defense early in the 2018-19 season, limiting Flint River to four field goals and zero points in the fourth quarter en route to a balanced 65-10 victory on the road Monday in non-region play.
Every member of the Lady Hawks managed to contribute points in the effort, which had Heritage storming out to 18 points distributed between six players.
Senior point-guard Carissa Vazquez led the way with 16 points over three quarters.
Aaliyah Ferrell added 10 and Adria Pierce finished with nine for Heritage, which begins region play on Tuesday at Creekside Christian.
Scorers for the Lady Hawks also included Emily Walker, who had four of her seven points in the second quarter to help her team take a commanding 32-8 lead into halftime.
Zada Smith finished with five points, all coming in the second half, while Emily Cushing and Kendall Stephens each had four. Danielle Sudick, Olivia Ayers and Tricia Underwood each added field goals.
Heritage School’s boys game was canceled by Flint River officials and will have to be rescheduled.
The Hawks are looking to get back on track following two tough losses in tournament play last week. Heritage dropped a 65-48 decision to DME Academy out of Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday.
Earlier last week, Woodward Academy came away with a 63-58 victory over the Hawks, who are now 2-2 overall.
Heritage hosts Trinity Christian’s boys in a friendly non-region contest in a rematch of last year’s GISA Class AAA semifinal game that went to overtime.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Lions were off to a 3-2 start heading into Tuesday’s trip to Whitefield Academy after making the move to the GHSA this fall. Trinity defeated Fulton Leadership Academy 42-34 at the Hard in the Paint Classic on Saturday.
East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate lineups were in action on Tuesday while resuming regular-season schedules.
The Indians entered this week with an impressive 6-0 record that has included a victory over four-time Alabama state-champion Carver.
Junior Brandon Stroud had 23 points and senior Fermandez Jones added 22 to help hold of a Carver lineup led by 6-foot-7 guard and Georgia commit Jaykwon Walton.
The Indians trailed 15-10 after one quarter and by four points at halftime before making its move in the third to take a 45-44 lead. East Coweta then erupted for 23 points in the fourth to pull away.
East Coweta’s boys followed up the victory by defeating Dutchtown 70-62 on the road Saturday.
ECHS teams returned to action Tuesday with a trip to Starr’s Mill before opening Region 2-7A play on Friday at home against Westlake.
Newnan teams hosted Whitewater Tuesday following a week’s rest. Lineups split a non-region doubleheader against LaGrange on Nov. 20, with the Cougars earning a 57-31 victory.
The Lady Cougars fell 50-42 in overtime despite 13 points from freshman Aniya Carter. Iyonna Melson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Hailey Bloom finished with six steals.
Northgate teams resumed Region 5-6A play on Tuesday at home against South Paulding.