Heritage loses pair to Walsh

December 03, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The Heritage Academy Eagles were swept by the Bishop Walsh Spartans in both games of their season-opening basketball doubleheader on Tuesday night.

Bishop Walsh won the girls' game 64-41 and then took the boys' game, 75-65.

The Bishop Walsh girls jumped out to an 11-0 lead during the first 2:32. Guard Shanel Arnold scored six of her eight first-quarter points during that time span. Bishop Walsh led 17-5 at the end of the period.

Arnold added six points and four rebounds in the second quarter to enable the Spartans to extend their lead over the Eagles to 30-14 at halftime. She scored 10 points in the third quarter as Bishop Walsh built a 48-27 advantage.

Arnold came through with 28 points, eight rebounds and five steals for the Spartans. Karen Iames got 13 points and five steals, Quinn Coulehan added 11 points and 12 rebounds and Leah Gonzalez had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Bishop Walsh.


"Shanel Arnold is a real good shooter for Bishop Walsh," Heritage Academy coach Barry Lourdon said. "We just started off bad, that's all. I think the girls were a little stunned initially. We didn't rebound as well as we should. Bishop Walsh did a real good job. They have a real good team. They did a good job on the boards and that is where they hurt us."

Heather Stamper scored 15 points, while Heidi Stamper collected 11 points and 12 rebounds for Heritage Academy. Jamie Dudeck grabbed eight rebounds for the Eagles.

In the boys' game, Heritage Academy built a 23-17 advantage over Bishop Walsh just 48 seconds into the second quarter. But the Spartans outscored the Eagles 18-8 the rest of the period to go in front at halftime, 35-31.

Chris Hendershot scored 20 of his 28 points during the second half to help Bishop Walsh pull away from Heritage Academy. Hendershot hauled in 17 rebounds.

The Spartans (3-0) expanded their lead to 59-39 by the end of the third quarter.

"Chris Hendershot did an excellent job with his offensive rebounding," Bishop Walsh coach Rob Duncan said. "I thought that Andrew Diamond really picked it up in the second half with his defense. Our kids played strong inside. We have a definite size advantage. We need to learn to take advantage of it."

Steven Amoroso added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans.

Drew Kidd fired in 23 points, Kevin Sandell scored 14 points and Zack Hartman added 11 points for the Eagles.

"I was very happy with the way that we competed against a much taller team," Heritage Academy coach Mike Kidd said. "In the first game out of the blocks, we are happy with the effort and we'll just build from there."

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