Regular Season Winds Down For Heritage JV’s
By David Grindstaff
Heritage junior varsity basketball teams will wind up regular season play this Tuesday at Madison.
Last week the Lady Cougar JV won all three of its Western Highlands Conference games handily to improve their league mark.
The Cougar defense held Owen to a game high 6 points in the third quarter in a 48-14 blowout in Swannanoa on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Cougars bolted to a 19-2 lead in the first quarter behind baskets by Whitney Griffith, Sierra Ballew, Taylor Whitson, Raelin Reynolds and Destiny Whitt.
The lead grew to 35-6 by halftime behind ten points from Taylor Whitson and eight points each from Faith Woody and Destiny Whitt.
Woody finished with 14 points leading the team while Whitson added 11 and Whitt contributed 8 points.
In a 49-14 win over Mitchell the Lady Cougar defense again ruled. Heritage held the Lady Mountaineers to six first half points to lead 28-6 at the break.
Whitney Griffith led the charge with 12 points while Hayleigh Fox and Taylor Whitson added 7 points apiece and Destiny Whitt chipped in six points in the win in Ledger.
The team had a little tougher road when Avery County came to Burnsville on Friday night but the Lady Cougars fought hard and prevailed 44-36.
The JV boys opened the week with a 44-40 overtime win over Owen. The Cougars outscored the Warhorses 8-4 in the extra frame as Joseph McIntosh, Caden Fox and Nick Chandler all hit free throws and Bryson Cooper nailed a jumper to contribute to the overtime win.
The game was tight throughout with Heritage holding slim a lead at the half 18-15, and Owen was leading by one going into the 4th quarter.
Bryson Cooper led the Cougars with 14 points while Nick Chandler netted 10 points and Joseph McIntosh and Isaac Franks contributed six points each.
The following night in Ledger the Cougars saw the Mountaineers jump to a 15-10 lead after the first seven minutes of play and it was an uphill battle for Heritage the rest of the way.
Heritage regained the lead 26-24 at the half behind three treys by Bryson Cooper in the second quarter.
But by the end of the third quarter the Mountaineers had regained the advantage 37-34 and Mitchell out scored Heritage 15-12 in the 4th to pull out the win, scoring ten points in the final frame at the foul line.
Bryson Cooper finished with 19 points pacing the Cougars who got 12 points from Caden Fox and five points each from nick Chandler and Joseph McIntosh.
Heritage won two of its three games last week, defeating Avery 29-21 Friday night in Burnsville.