Eagles, Saints split hoops doubleheader

February 17, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Heritage Academy Eagles split a girls and boys basketball doubleheader with the St. James Saints on Thursday night.

St. James pulled out a 43-39 victory in the girls game, before Heritage Academy responded in the boys game with a 66-42 win.

In the boys game, Heritage (22-1) went on a 17-4 run in the first 5:07 of the second quarter to build a 31-16 advantage over St. James (8-14). The Saints reduced the deficit to 31-21 by halftime.

Heritage put the game away in the third quarter, scoring the first 10 points, including three 3-pointers, to take a 41-21 lead with 5:15 left in the period.


"The defense created turnovers that led to some easy transition buckets," Eagles coach Mike Kidd said. "We hit eight 3-pointers and that opened some things up on the inside for us, too. ... David (Kidd) did a nice job on Shannon Strange by holding him to two points."

Senior point guard Travis Hendershot scored 22 points, including four 3s, and made four steals to lead the way for Heritage. Steven Barthalow had 18 points and six steals, Hamilton Stamper had 10 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, Justin Cutchall and David Kidd had four assists each and Kidd had four steals.

Mike Russ had team-high totals of 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Saints.

"I give all of the credit to Heritage," St. James coach Mike Brooks said. "They are a well-coached basketball team. They play smart and they are well-balanced. We had 25 turnovers and they did not press us once or make one trap on the ball."

In the girls game, St. James (7-15) held a 31-18 lead with 1:30 left in the third quarter. Heritage (9-14) sliced the lead down to 33-32 with three minutes left in the game. But the Saints outscored the Eagles 10-7 down the stretch to get the win.

Fatimah Jefferson had 18 points and 16 rebounds for St. James. Heather Lowery had 13 points, Julia McKeachie had eight rebounds and Hannah Palin made six steals.

"Fatimah Jefferson was phenomenal, considering she was in foul trouble for most of the second half," St. James coach Robin Curley said. "She gave us clutch baskets when we needed them."

Morgan McIntire had 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals, while Brittany Eberly added 12 rebounds and 10 points for Heritage.

"We did better tonight than we have in the last couple of games," Eagles coach Barry Lourdon said. "St. James played real well. Their inside play was the key to their victory."

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