Heritage picks up two more league wins
Wins over Avery County and Madison last week by the Cougar varsity sets up an exciting rematch this week between the first place Hendersonville (11-2, 7-0) Bearcats and second place Mountain Heritage (11-6, 6-1) in what could be the deciding game for the Western Highlands Conference crown this season.
The Cougar travel to Hendersonville Tuesday night to try and pull even with the Bearcats who took a last second win in overtime the first time the two teams met in Burnsville on December 14.
The Cougars hosted Avery County on Tuesday and after trading baskets with the Vikings (6-9, 3-3) in the first quarter Heritage began to slowly pull away.
The Cougars, who got balanced scoring once again in a key WHC game, were led by Bob Taylor's 15 points. Taylor sparked an 18 points 4th quarter for the Cougars who cruised past the Vikings 47-34.
Grant Buckner added 10 points from his guard position while Will Buckner and Kaleb McCurry each scored 7 points for Heritage.
James Stewart scored ten points as the Vikings only double figure scorer.
Heritage scored the first eight points of the game in their meeting with Madison Friday night in Burnsville and the Cougars never trailed in the 64-38 blowout over the Patriots.
Heritage ran out to a 14-5 lead after the first eight minutes and the lead swelled to 19 points by intermission as the Cougars used a torrid pace on defense to fuel their strong offensive output.
Bob Taylor had another outstanding game in the paint with several blocked shots and 14 points to pace the team in scoring while guards Brandon Brown (12 points), Tim Hensley (9) and Grant Buckner (8) took care of the long range scoring for the Cougars.
By David Grindstaff