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Eagles sweep DH from Saints

January 18, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES - The Heritage Academy Eagles pulled out a pair of one-point wins on the road to get a boys/girls basketball doubleheader sweep over the St. James Saints on Tuesday night at Alumni Hall.

Heritage came out on top in the girls game with a 44-43 victory before escaping with a 37-36 win in the boys game to complete the sweep.

In the boys game, Heritage (12-0) outscored St. James (5-5) 16-11 in the fourth quarter for its come-from-behind victory.

The Saints tied the score at 36-36 with one minute remaining on a layup by Mike Russ.

Heritage Academy failed to score and St. James got possession, but sophomore guard Steven Barthalow stole the ball for the Eagles with 19 seconds remaining and was fouled. Barthalow made the first of his two foul shots to give the Eagles the final winning margin of 37-36.

The Saints had one last chance to win the game. But St. James missed a pair of shots which sealed the win for Heritage.

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"We just hit our free throws down the stretch," Heritage coach Mike Kidd said. "I thought that Steven Barthalow made a key steal for us with 19 seconds left when the score was tied. Then he got fouled and made that foul shot that turned out to be difference in the game. Both teams executed well on defense. That caused both teams to struggle with their shooting."

Barthalow had a game-high nine points for Heritage Academy. Hamilton Stamper collected 12 rebounds and six blocked shots, while David Kidd made four steals for the Eagles.

Perry Titus-Glover and T.K. Washington topped the Saints with eight points each.

Shannon Strange, who is St. James' leading scorer, did not play because he has a sprained right big toe.

"You have to be happy when your defense gives up under 40 points during the game," St. James coach Mike Brooks. "We were executing pretty well on offense, but we just couldn't put the ball through the hoop."

In the girls game, freshman point guard Morgan McIntire sank the first of her two foul shots with eight seconds to go to snap a tie and put Heritage up, 44-43.

The Saints missed a couple of shots on their final possession to seal the win for the Eagles.

"This is probably the least amount of points that we have given up all year in a solid game," Heritage coach Barry Lourdon said. "Patience on offense was the key to our victory tonight. We have had some games where if we would have slowed the ball down, we would have won."

McIntire contributed 19 points, four steals and four assists for Heritage (5-6). Brittany Eberly added 10 points and six rebounds, while Molly Holtzman had nine points, five steals and four assists for the Eagles.

Fatimah Jefferson scored 16 points, while Heather Lowery added 11 points and six rebounds for St. James (2-8).

"We just came out flat," St. James coach Robin Curley said. "I think the foul shots were the key to the victory for Heritage Academy. They made their foul shots; we didn't."

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