But the Wolverines used the three point line to force Heritage to win the game at the charity stripe as Grant Buckner, Bob Taylor and Tim Hensley all hit key free throws in the final minute to help the Cougars hang on for a 60-51 victory and improve to 1-1 in league play.
The game was tight throughout with Heritage holding slim lead at each quarter break with its biggest lead of 11 points coming after a Bob Taylor put-back midway through the 4th quarter.
Taylor finished with ten points and came on strong in the third quarter to help Heritage gain a workable lead. He was one of four Cougar players to reach double figures in scoring. Avery Austin led the team with 14 points, which included a couple of three pointers, while Tim Hensley contributed 11 and Will Buckner added 10.
In the varsity girls contest the Lady Cougars scored the game’s first 11 points and were never threatened in the 63-30 victory.
Brianna Woody scored 16 of her game high 22 points in the first half as Heritage (9-0) ran out to a 41-14 lead by halftime following a three pointer at the buzzer to end the second quarter by Abby Renfro.
Samm Chandler was a force inside the lane again for the Lady Cougars. She scored 13 points while Nyssa Freeman added 8 points and Destiny Elkins chipped in 7.
Mountain Heritage varsity teams will compete in the Tuscola Christmas Tournament on December 27th and 28th in Waynesville.
By David Grindstaff
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