SR Night for Lady Hawks
- Coweta Score reporter
REGULAR SEASON CLOSES FRIDAY
Image below right) Carissa Vazquez had a team-high 11 points in a victory over Creekside Christian while being among five Lady Hawks that were honored on Senior Night at The Heritage School.
Senior Night already expected to be special at The Heritage School, which honored a dozen athletes between its varsity basketball and swim programs during Wednesday’s basketball games against Creekside Christian.
Eight points made it even more special for Hawks senior Lance Terry.
The fourth-year standout, who earned All-County Player of the Year honors locally in 2017-18, eclipsed 2,000 points for his varsity career en route to Heritage’s 68-53 victory at home in GISA Region 1-AAA play.
The milestone came on a free throw in the second quarter with time stopped to allow the school to honor the moment.
But the Hawks still had some business left to finish.
Creekside led 13-7 after one quarter and maintained a 29-28 advantage at halftime before Heritage’s boys sparked a 15-0 run to take control of the game.
The explosion included three dunks by Terry in the third along with three combined three-pointers from juniors Connor Thompson and Kasen Jennings.
It pushed the Hawks ahead 52-39 heading into the fourth while eventually pulling away.
All three players finished in double figures led by Terry’s 21. Jennings followed a similar pace with 19, while Thompson added 13 with Heritage playing without starting center EB Dowouna.
Terry was among five Hawks seniors to be honored with Dylan McLean, Henry Arnall, Patrick Griffies and Gridley Pendergrast.
In addition, five Lady Hawks seniors also received distinctions for their careers during their final home game while dominating Creekside in a 41-24 victory.
Senior Carissa Vazquez scored a team-high 11 points and the Lady Hawks jumped out to a commanding 13-2 lead after the first quarter.
Heritage’s girls, with senior contributors Tricia Underwood, Emily Cushing, Frances Powell and Adria Pierce, pushed further ahead 23-9 at halftime and 34-17 at the end of the third.
REGULAR SEASON CLOSES FRIDAY
County lineups wrap up the 2018-19 regular season with games on Friday including a pair of games rescheduled from Tuesday’s winter weather watch cancellations.
Heritage travels to Dominion Christian among two makeup doubleheaders, while Northgate hosts New Manchester on a rescheduled Senior Night.
East Coweta also hosts its Senior Night festivities on Friday at John Thrower Gym in the last of two meetings with rival Newnan.
The state-ranked Indians (23-1, 8-1) have already clinched the No. 1 seed from Region 2-7A and an automatic berth in the Class 7A state playoffs. Newnan’s boys will finish as the No. 6 seed and await the third-place finisher — Westlake or Wheeler — in Tuesday’s opening round of the region tournament at ECHS.
Each boys team is on opposite ends of extended streaks. East Coweta’s boys have won 15 straight games while Newnan’s are trying to snap a 10-game losing streak.
Regardless of the outcome, girls teams from East Coweta (7-15, 3-6) and Newnan (6-16, 1-6) will meet again in Monday’s opening round of the Region 2-7A tournament with a Newnan victory or a win by Pebblebrook (19-4, 7-2) over Wheeler (1-22, 1-8) on Friday.
The Region 2-7A tournament moves on from opening rounds Monday and Tuesday at ECHS to semifinal games Thursday, Feb. 8, at Campbell. The region finals are set for Saturday, Feb. 10.
Friday, February 01, 2019
From staff reports
Photo by Doug Gorman/Special: Heritage School senior Lance Terry went over 2,000 career points.