BY CHRIS Goltermann
Heritage School and Trinity Christian boys basketball lineups earned wins on Friday against region opponents on the road in dominating fashion.
Hawks senior Lance Terry and Lions junior Brady Burnett led the way for the locals, each topping 20 points in the victories.
Coming off an 18-point effort in a tough loss on Tuesday at home against Class A-Private state-ranked Greenforest Christian, Burnett had 22 in Trinity’s 61-42 victory at Strong Rock.
Terry, meanwhile, put together a game-high 21 in a dominating 49-25 effort at Notre Dame Academy including an early dunk that forced school officials at the Atlanta private school to have to readjust the backboard.
It was a tune-up for both squads, who have tough games ahead next week. Heritage will host GISA Region 1-AAA nemesis Holy Spirit on Friday, Jan. 25, while attempting to finally knock off the Cougars for the first time in two years.
The two teams have competed against one another to decide the last two Class AAA state titles.
Connor Thompson chimed in with 10 points for the Hawks on Friday, while Kasen Jennings added nine in the victory at Notre Dame.
Heritage’s boys improved to 6-1 in the region and 12-8 overall heading into a non-region game on Saturday at home against Bulloch Academy (16-1, 4-0).
At Strong Rock, Trinity was paced by senior Giancarlo Bastianoni Sanchez’s 15 points and 11 from junior Shamari Reed among at least eight scorers for the Lions in a Region 5-A victory.
Maclean Hoekwater and Dyllan Maynard finished with five and four points, respectively, for Trinity, while Dami Onakoya, Jacob Blair and Reed Benefield each had three apiece.
Trinity (8-9, 3-2)has an upcoming rematch at home with No. 4 state-ranked ELCA at home on Jan. 25.
In other local basketball action on Friday:
Strong Rock 38, Trinity Christian 30: The Lady Lions got off to a strong start with a 13-7 lead after one quarter before host Strong Rock came alive.
Trinity saw its early advantage shrink to 18-14 at halftime before the Lady Patriots made their move while scoring 11 points in the third and 13 in the fourth.
Notre Dame Academy 30, Heritage School 27: The Lady Hawks were unable to overcome offensive struggles in the first half that included facing an 8-2 deficit at the end of the opening quarter.
Pebblebrook 47, Newnan 30: On the road, the Lady Cougars stayed within range in the opening quarter, trailing 7-5 heading into the second period.
But host Pebblebrook used a 17-7 run before halftime and slowly pulled away while improving to 17-3 overall and 6-1 in Region 2-7A to stay one game behind undefeated Westlake.
Sophomore K.K. Madrey had eight points to go with 11 rebounds for the Lady Cougars while freshman Ashira Brown added six. Newnan struggled from behind the arc, connecting on just 2 of their 22 opportunities.
Senior Noelle Butts finished with a team-high 13 rebounds for Newnan (6-14, 1-6).
Westlake 84, East Coweta 24: There was no slowing down unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Westlake for the Lady Indians, who got off to a slow start and never recovered.
The Lady Lions (18-0, 6-0) jumped out on a 25-4 run and continued to push its lead to 49-16 at halftime and 71-22 after three quarters.
Junior Carylse Hooks led four Westlake players in double figures with a game-high 21 points. Sophomore Raven Johnson added 17 while sophomore Olympia Chaney and junior Lydia Freeman added 11 and 10, respectively.
Alexander 58, Northgate 21: On the road, the Lady Vikings hung tough before halftime, going to the break trailing 24-15 before a third-quarter meltdown.
Host Alexander outscored Northgate 22-1 in the period and never looked back while improving to 14-8 overall and 9-5 in Region 5-6A.
The Lady Vikings fell to 4-12 overall and 1-9 in the region.
A 12-4 run by Heritage in the third, however, put the team back on top briefly 18-17 heading into the final period only to have Notre Dame put together its best eight-minute stretch offensively to close out the victory.
Pebblebrook 86, Newnan 67: On the road, the Cougars had one of their best offensive quarters of the season in the second, scoring 27 points against state-ranked Pebblebrook.
But it was a pace that the Falcons followed all game long, scoring 20 or more in three of four quarters while grabbing an immediate 22-7 lead after the opening eight minutes.
Pebblebrook (14-7) stayed one game behind East Coweta in the Region 2-7A standings at 5-2. Newnan fell to 6-14 overall and 0-7 in region play.
Alexander 105, Northgate 35: At home, the state-ranked Cougars (16-7, 9-5) overwhelmed the Vikings (6-15, 0-12), who look to bounce back Saturday at home against Creekside (6-14, 3-9).