Cougar JV Basketball Teams Enjoying Success In Conference Play

Cougar JV Teams Hanging Around The Top Of WHC Standings
by David Grindstaff

With a close win and a close loss in Western Highlands Conference play last week the Heritage JV girl’s basketball team is hanging around near the top of the league standings as they head into the second half of their 2013-2014 schedule.
The Lady Cougars couldn’t buy a free throw in the 4th quarter when they needed them in a 43-32 loss to the Lady Vikings in Avery County on Tuesday night.
Heritage missed 11 free tosses in the final seven minutes and shot only 12 of 32 from the charity stripe in the game as Avery County outscored the Lady Cougars 20-12 in the 4th quarter.
After falling behind 20-11 in the first half behind solid three point shooting by the Lady Vikings, the Lady Cougar defense went to work and held Avery to only three points in the third quarter  and entered the 4th trailing by only five.
Allie Tabor led the Lady Cougars with 12 points. Her  six free throws were the team’s only points in the second quarter. Morgan Peterson scored all six of her points in the 4th quarter and Whitney Griffith chipped in five points in the disappointing road loss.
Entertaining Madison on Friday afternoon, the Lady Cougars got off to a slow start in the first half but turned up the pressure in the third and fourth quarters to eke out a win at the free throw line.
Trailing 15-10 going into the second half, Heritage scored 15 points in both the third and 4th quarters with most of their work done at the free throw line.
Heritage connected on 11 of 17 free throws in the final seven minutes while Madison made 5 of 8 free throws in the 4th quarter.
Taylor Whitson scored 13 points to pace Heritage. She went 11 of 16 at the charity stripe including hitting 7 of 10 free throws in the 4th quarter. Destiney Whitt hit 3 of her 4 shots at the foul line and finished with 8 points while Allie Tabor contributed 5 points, all coming in the crucial third quarter of the 38-34 MHHS victory.
The Cougar JV lost to Avery County on a last second jump shot in Newland on Tuesday but rebounded well with a blowout win over Madison on Friday.
In Newland the Cougars and the Vikings stayed within six or eight points of each other throughout the game as both teams played solid defense and crashed the boards hard. Heritage led 13-10 at the break but the Vikings out scored Heritage 24-20 in the second half to pull out the win and hand the Cougars only their second conference loss.
Only four players scored for the Cougars in the loss. Nick Chandler hit 7 of 8 free throws and scored 13 points to lead the Cougars who got six points each from Joe McIntosh and Nick Bellew while Caden Fox netted 8 points.
The Cougars hit five three pointers and nailed 8 of 9 free throws in a 45-28 win over the visiting Patriots. Madison held a two point edge at the intermission before the Cougars pulled away with a 15-5 third quarter and then held Madison to a single free throw in the 4th quarter to record the WHC win.
Bryson Cooper and Nick Bellew led the team with ten points apiece with Bellew scoring 8 of his 10 points in the key third quarter, including two three pointers that helped Heritage open up a working margin.
 Issac Franks and Nick Chandler added 7 points apiece and Caden Fox chipped in five in what was a well rounded effort for the guys from Yancey County.
Cougar basketball teams will travel to Hendersonville on Tuesday and will host Polk County on Friday as the second round of league games begin. JV action gets underway at 4:00 p.m.

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