The Cougar JV continues to improve and with two more wins last week ran their record to 11-3 overall while remaining unbeaten in Western Highlands Conference play at 7-0 after notching wins over Avery County (42-35) and Madison (74-50). The Lady Cougar JV suffered two more close losses last week, 43-35 to Avery and 29-26 to Madison.
The Cougar JV got into foul trouble early against the Patriots on Friday and led only 8-6 with about 2 minutes left in the first quarter. Heritage led 14-8 after the first seven minutes and the Cougars went on a 13-0 tear to start the 2nd quarter, out scoring the Patriots 28-7 in the second to blow the game wide open and go into halftime with a 42-15 lead.
Following an 11-0 run early in the 3rd quarter Coach Ken McCurry was able to empty his bench, Heritage out scored Madison 23-10 in the third to push the lead out to 65-25 going into the final stanza.
The Cougar reserves played the entire 4th against some of Madison's starters giving the young Heritage players some valuable court experience.
On Tuesday night in Burnsville, Heritage jumped to an early lead 11-6 on a Gray McCurry three pointer but Avery cut the lead to 12-10 by the end of the first quarter in a game that was very competitive early on.
The score stayed tight for the first 14 minutes as Nick Chandler nailed a big 3 pointer midway through the 2nd quarter and a free throw by Andrew Hall gave the Cougars a slim 23-21 lead at half.
The 3rd quarter was a defensive battle with only ten total points being scored, 6 by Heritage and 4 by Avery. Gray McCurry hit two lay-ups and had an assist to Jared Sellers to account for the Cougar scoring in the 3rd. Heritage led29-25 heading into the final seven minutes of play.
In the 4th Avery cut the lead to two points with 36 seconds left and after a Viking timeout, Gray McCurry connected on one of two shots at the foul line to put Heritage up 38-35.
After an Avery misfire, Job Kennedy found a breaking Brennan Hockaday for a lay-up to give Heritage a 40-35 cushion and a Gray McCurry steal and assist to Jared Sellers sealed the 42-35 victory for the Cougars.
Cougar basketball hits the road this week with games at Hendersonville on Tuesday and Polk County on Friday.
Avery—Scoring--Gray McCurry 13-Jared Sellers 12-Brennan Hockaday 7-Job Kennedy 6-Nick Chandler -3-Andrew Hall 1—Rebounding-Job Kennedy 9-Jared Sellers 7-Brennan Hockaday 5-Six other guys tied with 2 each—Assists-Gray McCurry 5-Luke Antinori 1-Jared Sellers 1-Job Kennedy 1—Steals-Gray McCurry 6-Nick Chandler 2-Brennan Hockaday 2-Job Kennedy 1—Blocks-Jared Sellers 5-Gray McCurry 3-3 other guys had 1 block each
Madison—Scoring--Jared Sellers 15-Brennan Hockaday 13-Colton Garland 13-Nick Chandler 11-Job Kennedy 7-Bryson Cooper 5-Daniel Sheperd 4-Gray McCurry 3-Luke Antinori 3-Andrew Hall 2—Rebounding--Job Kennedy 10-Jared Sellers 7-Brennan Hockaday 6-Gray McCurry 4-Daniel Sheperd 3-Andrew Hall 2-Bryson Cooper 2-Colton Garland 2—Assists--Gray McCurry 6-Joseph McIntosh 1-Luke Antinori 1-Nick Chandler 1-Bryson Cooper 1-Brennan Hockaday 1-Jared Sellers 1—Steals--Gray McCurry 5-Nick Chandler 2-Brennan Hockaday 2-Luke Antinori 1-Andrew Hall 1-Bryson Cooper 1-Colton Garland 1-Job Kennedy 1—Blocks--Andrew 3-Jared Sellers 1.
By David Grindstaff