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By Danya Long
For The Leader
The Heritage Hawks girls’ basketball team soared into their first week of the season, facing off in three regular season games and a tournament. Going into Monday, the Hawks held a win-loss record of 3-2 and start on a two game winning streak.
In their first game of the season, the Hawks traveled to Georgetown Ridgefarm High School on Nov. 12 and fought hard against the Buffaloes.
At the end of the first quarter, the Hawks trailed by only four points and went into the second quarter strong. Outscoring the Buffaloes in the quarter, Heritage couldn’t quite close the gap completely but finished out the half with a score of 21-20 in favor of Georgetown Ridgefarm.
The third quarter was also a close one, ending with a score of 33-30 with the Buffaloes on top. In the last quarter the Hawks stayed even with the Buffaloes, and the game came down to a last minute three-point attempt by Heritage senior Mary Happ from the corner. With the miss, the game ended with a final score of 45-43, handing the Hawks their first loss of the season.
Senior guard Dallas McCormick led the Hawks with 13 points, followed by Happ and junior Cedar Richardson who both added seven points each. Happ also contributed eight rebounds for Heritage. Junior Jennifer Lannon, Richardson, and McCormick each came away with five rebounds of a piece.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Hawks faced off in game two of the season at home against the Oakwood Comets. Coming off a loss the night before, Heritage came out strong and played to their potential.
The Hawks started the game with a 9-0 run against the Comets, who scored their first basket after three and a half minutes of play. At the end of the quarter, the Hawks still controlled the lead with a score of 11-7. The second quarter held much of the same for Heritage, ending the half on a last second layup by McCormick. The score going into halftime was 26-10 in favor of the Hawks.
In the third quarter, Heritage lengthened their lead and ended the quarter with a score of 39-17. Aggressive defense for the Hawks created a lot of turnovers and stolen balls, and helped them clench a win against the Comets. The game ended in a 50-25 victory, and carried the Hawks to a 1-1 record on the season.
The Hawks had some very key players in the game, especially Sophomore Micaela Childress. Childress led the team with 16 points and contributed nine rebounds. McCormick and Richardson both added 10 points each, and Happ added five assists and seven rebounds.
First-year Heritage head coach Kami White “learned a lot from this game” about her team.
“I was impressed with our total team effort Tuesday night,” said White. “We are starting to look like a team…I’m very excited about our potential in the future this season.”
Nov. 15 found Heritage traveling once again, this time to Tuscola. In their third game of the season, the Hawks struggled a bit on the court.
During the first quarter, the Hawks had a tough time keeping up with the Warriors on offense. The score at the end of the quarter left Heritage trailing 13-6. The second half of the game found the Hawks outscoring the Warriors, but still couldn’t pull out on top. Going into halftime the score was 25-20 in favor of Tuscola.
The third quarter showed much of the same for Heritage, ending with a score of 29-40 with the Warriors still on top. The final quarter was a low scoring one for both teams, only scoring 15 points between the two. The final buzzer sounded and the scoreboard read 48-36, ending in a victory for Tuscola and the second loss for Heritage on the season.
Richardson came up big for the Hawks, putting up 11 points and pulling down six rebounds to lead the team. McCormick added nine points for Heritage, while junior Desi Westerfield contributed six points and five rebounds of her own. Happ’s aggressive defense resulted in four steals for her for the game. The Hawks kicked off their first tournament for the season, traveling to Oakwood for the 2012 Comet Classic on Friday, Nov. 16. They faced off against Westville High School in game one for Heritage.
The Hawks started out strong, but just eked out a 13-12 lead in the end of the first quarter. Going into the locker room at halftime, the score was 26-20 with Heritage lengthening their lead a bit.
In the third quarter Westville surged and outscored the Hawks 13-10, but Heritage still maintained their lead at 39-30. The Hawks’ defense stepped up in the final quarter and kept Westville down to two points. At the end of the game, the Hawks came away with their second win of the season and a final score of 47-35.
Leading Heritage for the game was Westerfield, scoring 14 points, getting 12 rebounds, and managing three steals. Lannon also contributed nine points and six rebounds of her own. Childress and McCormick added on seven points each for the Hawks as well.
Game two of the Comet Classic put Heritage up against Chrisman High School on Nov. 17. The Hawks continued their work as a team, and racked up another victory. Heritage racked up 11 points in the first quarter, beating out Chrisman who only managed ten points. The Hawks’ defense held Chrisman’s offense to only two points in the second quarter, and at halftime the score stood at 20-12 in favor of Heritage.
The third quarter held much of the same, with the Hawks outscoring Chrisman once again. The fourth quarter began with a score of 32-22, and Heritage maintained that lead even though they were outscored in the quarter. The final score for the game was 39-37 and the Hawks came out on top with their third victory for the season. Happ and Childress scored more than half of the Hawks’ points in the game, each contributing 11 points. McCormick also added on nine points to help clench the win for Heritage.
On Nov. 19 and 20 the Hawks took on Milford and Uni High, respectively. Heritage looked to continue their win streak in the Comet Classic and play for placement in the tournament on Friday, Nov. 23.