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Eagles don't leave anything up to Faith

January 10, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Heritage Academy wasn’t about to roll out the welcome mat to Faith Christian on Tuesday n

ight.

The Eagles collected a Mason Dixon Christian Conference sweep as the girls opened with a 62-18 victory followed by the boys posting a 47-41 triumph.

* Heritage’s boys earned a measure of revenge for a 44-40 loss on Dec. 6 to Faith Christian, but then needed to hold off the Falcons down the wire.

Heritage (5-4, 4-3) won the game at the free throw stripe, hitting 12 of 19 foul shots compared to 2 of 4 for Faith. The Eagles scored their last five points from the line as Faith threatened to wipe out an 11-point deficit as the Falcons trailed 30-19 early in the third quarter.

“I thought we were very aggressive and attacked the basket,” said Heritage coach Mike Kidd. “We were fortunate we made the free throws late in the game.”

Faith (5-4, 4-2) got to within 43-41 on successive 3-point goals by Drew Michael and Jeremiah Hoy with 1:31 to play, but couldn’t stop Heritage inside.

Chris Harrell made one free throw for Heritage for a 43-41 lead before the Falcons came down the floor and missed four straight shots in the paint.

“I thought we were aggressive but we just didn’t get the calls down inside,” said Faith coach Brian Hobbs. “Heritage was a little quicker to loose balls tonight.”

Bryce Nigh had jump-started Heritage early in the game with three straight buckets to break a 6-all tie, including two on successive steals, as it built an 18-8 lead.

Nigh ended the game with a season-high 14 points while Ben Cosner added 13 and Robbie Martin had 11 for Heritage, which never substituted in the game.

Michael led all scorers with 20 points and Hoy had 10.

* The night belonged to senior Jessica Gaylor and her teammates in the girls’ game.

Gaylor scored a career-high 26 points as the unbeaten Eagles (9-0, 7-0) coasted from the opening tip.

Gaylor started with a pair of baskets and a trey in the opening minutes to help Heritage to a quick 14-0 lead.

Heritage already had a 21-6 lead in the second quarter when it went on a 16-0 run to build a 37-6 advantage and coach Dana Henson was substituting.

“We’re more of a man-to-man defensive team this year,” said Henson. “It’s taking awhile to settle in defensively but we’ve got smart players that have made the changes.”

Through nine games, Heritage has allowed only 26.5 points per game.

Gaylor got the opportunity to reach her career high when she re-entered late in the fourth quarter and sank two free throws.

“I don’t think about the points,” said Gaylor, a veteran starter. “We play as a team and someone else could score in a game like that.”

Rachel Clarke supported the cause with a triple-double, adding 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.

Kara Stamper had eight rebounds and Callie Butts had eight steals. Distributing the basketball, Butts had seven assists and Kathleen Kidd had six assists.

Boys
Heritage 47, Faith Christian 41
FAITH CHRISTIAN (5-4, 4-2)
Earl 3, D. Michael 20, Hercules 4, oy 10, T. Johnson 2, S. Johnson 2. Totals 17 2-4 41.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (5-4, 4-3)
Nigh 14, A. Cosner 6, Martin 11, Harrell 3, B. Cosner 13. Totals 17 12-19 47.
Faith    6    13    12    10    —    41
Heritage    15    9    14    9    —    47
3-point goals—Faith 5 (D. Michael 2, Hoy 3); Heritage 1 (Martin).

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Girls
Heritage 62, Faith Christian 18
FAITH CHRISTIAN (2-7, 0-6)
Grammo 2, Stoddard 2, Dopson 4, Lemaster 2, E. Castle 2, C. Castle 6. Totals 8 2-4 18.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (9-0, 7-0)
Butts 3, Ra. Clarke 15, J. Gaylor 26, Stamper 6, Ro. Clarke 6, Clark 2, H. Gaylor 2, Kriner 2. Totals 22 14-20 62.
Faith    2    4    6    6    —    18
Heritage    19    10    19    14    —    62
3-point goals — Heritage 4 (J. Gaylor 3, Butts).

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