March 18, 2019

Solid start for both Braves teams in region hoops

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard High School boys and girls basketball teams continue to battle each other for the best record as each moved to 13-4 overall and 3-0 in region play Friday night with wins over Lamar County in Franklin.

The girls, short-handed because of two injured senior starters, were able to overcome that to earn the 40-30 win over the Trojans.

The Lady Braves (13-4, 3-0) jumped out to a 26-10 lead at the half before the Trojans battled back in the second half to make the final outcome closer.

Senior Kimberly Harris led the Lady Braves with 14 points followed by juniors Emily Iddins with 10 and Sage Kelley with eight.

Coach Helen Akins was pleased to see her squad get the W despite both Hannah Sanders and Alyssa Cosper still nursing injuries. Cosper may return to action next week, while Sanders is likely to miss 2-3 weeks before she is able to return.

“I knew tonight we might start off a little shaky playing without Hannah in the rotation for the first time, but I thought we did really well in the first half considering that,” said Akins after the game. “I wasn’t real happy with the way we played in the second half, but a region win is a region win so we’ll take it.”

In boys action, the Braves got the 58-41 win over the Trojans to match last season’s win total of 13 games.

Sophomore Alijah Huzzie had another huge effort with 18 points including four 3-point baskets. Other top scorers were Darius Matthews with nine, Jordarius Foster with eight, Emory Jones with seven, Tay Watson with six, and Christian Murray with five.

Coach Keith Simmons’ Braves led by 13 at the half and a big three from Huzzie with 4:19 to play in the game put the Trojans out of reach.

The Braves and Lady Braves will both return to action tonight at home to take on Jordan in games that were postponed due to inclement weather last weekend. The girls will tip at 6:00 PM followed immediately by the boys.

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