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Eagles get off on right foot with wins over Grace

November 29, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Heritage Academy's Kathleen Kidd (12) makes a move to the basket while Grace Academy's Kelsey Koontz (21) tries to cut her off during Heritage's 69-21 victory.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Heritage Academy rolled into Grace Academy on Tuesday with thoughts of successfully starting the Mason Dixon Christian Conference season.

The Eagles’ boys and girls basketball teams delivered in convincing fashion as the boys scored a 52-36 victory and girls notched a 69-21 win.

The Heritage boys trailed Grace (0-1, 0-1) early 15-12, thanks mainly to Peter Hykes hitting three of his four 3s in the game. Grace extended the lead to 22-12 with a 7-0 run to start off the second quarter before Heritage found its rhythm.

The Eagles (1-0, 1-0) finished the half on a 20-2 run — lead by Alex Cosner, who scored nine of his game-high 16 points — to take a 32-24 lead that they would not relinquish. Cosner finished with a double-double with 11 rebounds.

“(The Knights) got up 10 early in the game, shooting well from the perimeter,” said Heritage coach Mike Kidd. “But then we picked up our defensive intensity, we did better closing and contesting shots and we were patient against their zone.”

 Ben Cosner backed Alex Cosner with 13 points and four rebounds, while freshman Chris Harrell shined in his varsity debut with 12 points.

“We had a couple freshmen starting (Harrell and Nathan Patey) and they came out and competed. They played hard,” said Kidd. “We have a long way to go but this was a good start.”

“We missed a lot of shots. It’s hard to win when you go 15 of 58 (shooting),” said Grace coach Ira Brown. “We just have to work on the intensity. It’s OK if you miss a shot, but you’ve got to keep playing. We’ll get better.”

Heritage’s girls took a 22-2 in the first quarter to hand Dana Henson her first win as varsity coach.

Rachel Clarke had a 15 points and 15 rebounds, Jessica Gaylor had 15 points and six steals and Callie Butts had 11 points for Heritage. Kathleen Kidd had six points and 12 steals for the Eagles (1-0, 1-0).“Rachel started tonight where she left off last year,” Henson said. “Jess shot well, Kathleen and Callie ran the defense — tonight was a great team effort overall.”

Kelsey Koontz led the Knights (1-2, 0-1) with nine points.

Boys
Heritage Academy 52, Grace Academy 36
HERITAGE ACADEMY
Nigh 1 0-0 2, A. Cosner 7 2-5 16, Harrell 4 0-0 12, B. Cosner 5 3-7 13, Martin 2 3-4 9. Totals 19 8-16 52.
GRACE ACADEMY
Price 4 0-0 8, Boutieller 4 0-0 9, Hykes 4 0-0 12, Liu 2 0-0 4, Frederickson 1 1-2 3. Totals 15 1-2 36.
Heritage    12    20    13    7    —    52
Grace    15    9    4    8    —    36
3-point goals — Heritage 6 (Harrell 4, Martin 2); Grace 5 (Hykes 4, Boutieller).

Girls
Heritage Academy 69, Grace Academy 21
HERITAGE ACADEMY
Ro. Clarke 1 0-0 2, Stamper 2 0-0 4, Powell 2 0-0 4, Kidd 3 0-0 6, Clark 1 0-0 2, H. Gaylor 3 0-0 6, Ra. Clarke 7 1-5 15, J. Gaylor 7 1-2 15, Butts 5 1-2 11, Kriner 2 0-0 4. Totals 33 3-9 69.
GRACE ACADEMY
C. Cox 1 1-3 3, A. Cox 3 0-0 7, House 1 0-2 2, Koontz 3 3-6 9. Totals 8 4-11 21.
Heritage    22    14    20    13    —    69
Grace    2    12    7    0    —    21
3-point goals — Grace 1 (A. Cox).

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