Heritage Academy splits in third quarter to defeat Oak Hill Academy

WEST POINT — Going into halftime on Thursday night, the women’s basketball teams at Heritage Academy and Oak Hill Academy had scored a combined 20 points, including just five total points in the second quarter alone.

The Patriots held a 12-8 lead, but so far neither team had gained a real advantage in the game, with a number of missed shots and missed chances at both ends of the field.

However, the third quarter was a completely different story as the Pats outscored the Raiders, 16-9, opening up a double-digit lead en route to a 39-25 victory.

“I think our defensive intensity has increased,” Heritage Academy head coach Moe Reed said. “Coming out of halftime, we talked about it, really emphasizing the turnovers we got and turning them into easy baskets.”

The Pats (2-1) missed a number of layups on the back of turnovers and a number of high percentage shots from inside the perimeter in the first half.

Those missed chances turned into a number of turnover points and quick break points for Heritage starting in the third quarter.

Oak Hill suffered much the same fate, but unlike Heritage Academy, the Raiders couldn’t get things done in the second half and came out flat. Heritage took advantage of this and turned the second half into an athletic encounter.

“We lost our momentum and couldn’t get back into the game,” Oak Hill Academy head coach Terry Walters said. “We didn’t get our shots right, we didn’t turn properly in defence, just a bunch of little things we’re going to work on.”

Not only did Heritage Academy really get the ball rolling in the second half, but the Pats played great play from senior Lucy Sharp, who nearly beat Oak Hill alone in the victory, scoring 19 points.

His impact was felt early, scoring 10 of the Pats’ 12 points in the first half before the likes of Reagan Merchant and Chloe Boyd helped take over in the second half, scoring a total of 12 points in the last 16 minutes of play.

Sharp herself still scored seven points in the second half, with all five points in her fourth quarter coming from the foul line, where she shot 6 of 7 overall.

“I was taking every chance I had, taking the open shot, driving to the basket,” Sharp said. “I knew we needed points, so I was ready to drive to get anything, get the bucket and a, anything.”

In what was a game that started sloppy for both teams, Heritage did just enough to hold their first half lead and regrouped well for a second half that was needed to help create a future momentum for this season.

A nine-day gap between games didn’t faze the Pats much, but including Thursday’s game, they’ll play five games in 12 days.

The regular season is coming quickly, but it looks like Heritage is more than ready for it.

“We need to continue to keep our trust and build each other up,” Sharp said. “Working on our defense, practicing like we’re playing games and sticking together.”

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