The White House Heritage Lady Patriots have improved greatly throughout the season, and it showed again on Friday night in their 59-24 win over the East Robertson Lady Indians.
Heritage started the game on an 11-2 run and built their lead throughout.
Early in the season the Lady Patriots struggled to get off to fast starts and were forced to play from behind, so Heritage head coach Clay Head was happy to see his team play well from the get-go.
“It’s a good thing, and it’s always good obviously to start off well versus trying to dig yourself out of a hole,” Head said. “So hopefully we can build off this because, once again, it’s not the norm for us, but anytime you can get a fast start like this if it’s great to have.”
The game was put out of reach in the second half, and some of the girls that normally sit the bench saw time on the floor. The starters cheered them on from the bench. 11 Lady Patriots got on the scoreboard.
“It’s great, extremely valuable to get in there, and it’s rewarding for them for all the hard work that they put in over practice and all the times that they’ve invested and spent cheering on these other girls,” Head said. “It’s very rewarding and great to see for them, and it’s great to see our other girls cheering them on and helping them out.”
Heritage picked up an 11-point victory over East Robertson earlier in the season. Friday night’s game was dominated by the Lady Patriots.
“I think we played with a little bit better intensity, a little better discipline defensively,” Head said. “I think they may have been missing a few which definitely hurt, but defensively we played with more discipline, didn’t give him as many easy shots. Then offensively, we got out, and we ran a lot more this time.
“I think that we’re getting better, you know, over time so that’s probably another aspect.”
Head said his team played their best basketball of the season this week and hopes his team can continue to build off of this momentum heading into the playoffs.
“Hopefully this week is what we’re building off of, and we can consistently play like we have this week, and if we do that, you know, we can be a pretty decent team,” Head said. “Our district aside from Westmoreland is really wide open, so if we can continue to hit our stride, then I think that we can we can maybe make a little bit of a run or a push postseason-wise”
For the Lady Indians, point guard Macy Phelps was out, and her presence was missed.
“Macy not being here hurts us a lot,” Perry said. “Your primary ball handler was not here, so you kind of throw other people in that role, and it kind of throws you out of sync a little bit. Defensively, we didn’t play very good at all tonight. We gave up way too many open shots and way too many second shots, so that’s kind of turning the tide of the game pretty quick.”
The Lady Indians, currently winless with one game remaining, have had a rough season. The big positive from this year has been the playing experience the girls have gotten. Two eighth graders moved up to the high school team this week after their middle school season ended, so Perry hopes the success will come down the road.
“That’s the good thing,” Perry said. “I had two eighth graders move up with this year, and they played at the end of the game. They played hard, so it’s good to get them out there and like I said, to get the little successes that they’re having now. Hopefully that carries over, and they start working on the game this summer, so when they come back next year as freshmen, they have an opportunity to play.”
WH Heritage (59) – Bayleigh Ballard 13, Kinsley Caruthers 13, Nicki Morrell 8, Kyndall Famer 5, Claire King 4, Macey McFarlin 4, Emily Clifford 3, Katie Morisi 3, Annie Dill 2, Macey Gardner 2, Bekah Lamberth 2
East Robertson (24) – Peyton Lackey 5, Kaylie Perry 5, Adrean Cole 4, Sierra Jones 4, Ida Bernard 3, Savannah Hinkle 2, Ava Hester 1
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