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Patriots split on the road
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The Heritage boys’ varsity basketball team captured their second win of the season, and their first in region play, Tuesday night, defeating Cedar Shoals 70-60 at home.

The Patriots were led by Rashad Jones, who scored 21 in the win, while Trevor Campbell and Terrell Flowers added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Flowers also pulled down 11 rebounds in the Region 8-AAAAA victory.

Heritage led by just a basket at halftime, carrying a 23-21 lead into the break, outscored the Jaguars 47-39 over the final 16 minutes of play.

“Getting a region win was very important, but it was more important that the kids played hard,” Heritage coach Ralph Denmark said. “I always want to see that at this point in the season. We still need to work on our offense, but the effort was very good and we turned up our intensity on the defensive side of the ball.”

The Patriots will return to action on Nov. 23 against Jefferson County in the Madison County Thanksgiving Tournament.

Lady Patriots fall

The Heritage girls’ varsity basketball team dropped their second decision Tuesday at home to Cedar Shoals, falling to 0-1 in region play.

The Lady Jaguars defeated Heritage 43-34, outlasting the Lady Patriots for a nine-point win.

Despite the loss, Heritage head coach Lauren Chambers said she saw some good things out of her team.

“We played a much better game defensively,” Chambers said. “We still need to cut down on our turnovers and do a better job at the free-throw line, but I saw some good things.

“Offensively, we ran our primary offense much better and got out on the break,” she said. “Our press and transition play was a lot better and I can really see us coming together better as a team. We played with more intensity and started to groove a little better as a team. Slowly, but surely, we’re getting better.”

The Lady Patriots will return to the hardwood on Nov. 23 at the 2013 Parkview Tip-Off Classic.