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By Danya Long
For the Leader
The Heritage Hawks girls’ basketball team took on the Martinsville Blue Streaks on Jan. 3 and added an impressive 69-26 victory to their record. The Hawks, who now have an 11-7 record on the season, were led by seniors Mary Happ and Dallas McCormick.
Heritage kicked off the game in high gear, scoring 14 points before the Lady Blue Streaks got on the board. The Hawks added another six points to their score before the end of the first quarter, taking a 20-2 lead into the second quarter of play. Keeping the momentum, the Hawks went on a 10-point run before the Lady Blue Streak’s offense could find the net again. At the end of the first half, Heritage carried a comfortable 37-10 lead into the locker room.
At the start of the second half, the Hawks came onto the court strong and quickly started scoring again. Only allowing Martinsville four points, Heritage’s offense controlled much of the game. The Hawks outscored the Lady Blue Streaks 21-4 in the third quarter and continued to build their lead. The score stood at 58-14 with only eight minutes of play left in the game.
Heritage head coach Kami White decided to give some of her younger players some experience, letting them help the Hawks to their 11th victory of the season. Martinsville’s offense put together a better showing in the final quarter, outscoring the Hawks 12-11. Their winning quarter still didn’t prove enough to overcome Heritage though, and the Hawks ended the game with a 69-26 win over the Lady Blue Streaks.
The Hawks as a team shot a .500 for the game, sinking half of everything they put up. They also mounted 57 percent from the free throw line against Martinsville. Leading scorer for Heritage was Happ, who just missed a triple-double for the night with 22 points, nine rebounds and eight steals. McCormick added another 18 points for the Hawks and made three of her four shots from three-point range in the game. Junior Desirae Westerfield contributed 14 points of her own to the win over Martinsville.
The Hawks came out strong in their win and looked to continue that momentum on the court when they took on Tri-County on January 7 on the road. Heritage draws nearer to the post-season, with only four games left in regular season. On January 10, the Hawks will take on Shiloh on the road in what promises to be a good matchup. In their last meeting, Shiloh defeated Heritage in the championship game of the Comet Classic.