JV Boys improve to 2-0 in WHC—Girls fall in OT
With a lopsided win over visiting Polk County on Thursday night, the Cougar JV improved to 2-0 in Western Highlands Conference play and 6-3 overall.
Heritage reeled off 18 unanswered points to start the game before the Wolverines stemmed the tide with a basket with 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Cougars, who played everyone on the bench, led by 22 points at the half and held the Wolverines to just four points in the third quarter of the 60-25 blowout.
Job Kennedy led the charge with a season high 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and two blocked shots in a well rounded performance. Gray McCurry and Bryson Cooper each scored 12 points and Brennan Hockaday netted 7 and Colton Garland 6.
Garland, McCurry and Daniel Shepherd each grabbed 5 rebounds for the Cougars. McCurry led the team in steals (8) and assists (5) while Jared Sellers led the team with three blocked shots.
In the JV girls contest Polk County scored the final six points of the second quarter to grab an 11-9 lead at halftime in a game that went back and forth and wound up being decided in overtime.
A free throw by Jessica Laws broke a two minute scoring drought for the Lady Cougars to start the second half and Heritage found itself trailing by three going into the 4th quarter of the WHC game.
The lead changed hands a number of times in the final seven minutes and Heritage sent the game into extra minutes when Laws nailed one of two free throws with 9 seconds remaining in regulation.
In the 3:30 overtime period Polk County scored the final seven points of the game including four straight free throws in the last minute to pull away for a 34-27 win.
Laws finished with 11 points to pace the Lady Cougars.
by David Grindstaff
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