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Heritage knocks off Lakeside in region showdown

Posted: January 17, 2018 - 1:06am

With both teams jockeying for position, the game came down to playmakers Trelan Scott and Kalen Williams.

Williams had the bigger numbers. Scott made the biggest plays.

Heritage overcame Lakeside thanks to Scott, a stout Patriots guard - and Samaje Jones, a lean, 6-foot-5 Patriots guard - who were key in the second half of a 79-72 win for Heritage on Friday night.

Scott scored 26 points, while Jones added 13 points and two steals as the Panthers squandered a one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. The Patriots improved to 7-7, Lakeside dropped to 9-7.

"We were able to pull away with our defense," said fifth-year Heritage coach Ralph Denmark, whose team forced 12 turnovers. "We talked a lot at halftime in making sure we have our defensive intensity and sticking to our principles. We made a few adjustments, so I think it's more about us getting stops than about us scoring."

Scott, who was aggressive from start to finish, said the Panthers weren't rotating on defense soundly.

"I saw that their big man didn't step up on the help side, so I felt like if I get the ball, I can attack the basket and get to the free throw line - get to the rack and get an easy layup or get fouled. The threes weren't falling as much so I had to be aggressive and get to the basket."

Lakeside coach Jeff Williams said his team is young, but it's improving on defense.

"They made some timely shots at the end," he said. "I think both teams struggled to keep each other out of the paint. I think what really killed us the most is transition defense. Once we kept them in half court I think we did a good job; it was the transition defense that hurt us."

Williams led Lakeside with 31 points, six rebounds and four assists.

In girls action, Heritage defeated Lakeside, 45-38. Caroline Johnson had 12 points and six rebounds, while Faith Wright had 10 points and six rebounds for the Lady Panthers.

Heritage's Camille Saunders had 16 points and seven rebounds, while her counterpart Ashley Roberts had nine points.

 

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