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By Danya Long
For The Leader
The Heritage Hawks boys’ basketball team faced off against Notre Dame de la Salette on Nov. 30 at home. The game was the fifth of the season for the team, and the Hawks had a 2-2 win-loss record going into the game.
Heritage started the game out strong, taking the lead in the first quarter. The score at the end of the quarter was 20-16 with the Hawks on top. The Hawks’ defense kept the Lions from scoring big in the second quarter, only allowing them to put up seven points. The score found the Hawks on top once again at halftime with a score of 30-23.
The second half was a big one for both teams, scoring well into the double digits in each quarter. The third quarter showed both teams scoring 15 points, but Heritage was still hanging onto the lead they had built up in the first half. The score stood at 45-38 at the end of the third.
The Lions tried to mount a rally in the fourth and claim the lead and a victory, but fell just short in the end.
They outscored the Hawks 20-15 in the fourth quarter, including a last minute three-pointer to reduce the Hawks’ lead to two points.
The final score read 60-58, and the Hawks found themselves on top for the third time this season.
For most of the game, Heritage maintained a four to 10 point lead over the Lions and kept that lead in order to come out with the win.
Sophomore Chance Lemmon came up big for the Hawks against the Lions. He led the team with 24 points and went 7 for 12 from three-point range. Senior John Taylor added 14 points for Heritage, and senior Austin Dickey also put up 14 points, six assists and three steals IN the game. The team as a whole made 11 three-point field goals for the game.
During the week before the Friday game, the boys had to focus on practicing to get ready to hit the court. One thing that had plagued the team before now was mental errors.
“We had to work on reducing the mental errors on the court,” said head coach Andy Place. “During the game against de la Salette, the boys really reduced those mental errors that we worked on. It helped a lot that they were shooting well too. It always looks good when you shoot well.”
One morale boost for the Hawks came in the form of a returning player this week.
The 2012 Hawks’ All-Area starting guard Keaten Kalk has been out for the season with a torn ACL injury, and this week he returned to practice with the team.
While he won’t be able to hit the court in games just yet, he will be able to work out and practice with the team and work his way back to health.
The Hawks hosted Westville High School on Dec. 4 and will travel to Judah Christian on Dec. 6 to end their third week of play in the season.
The Hawks now boast a record of 3-2 early in the season and face tough opponents during the week.
Heritage will have to focus on not making those mental errors and keeping their defense and offense strong on the court to continue their successful climb in the season.