October 21, 2020

Team efforts lead Brave teams over Jackets

(Franklin) — The Heard High varsity basketball teams continued to roll Saturday night sweeping the visiting Red Jackets of Jordan on the home floor.

The Braves knocked off the Jackets 60-43 while the Lady Braves won by a final score of 43-31. Each team has won four in a row and they currently share overall records of 14-4 and 4-0 in Region 5-AA play.

Darius Matthews and Jordarius Foster on the defensive boards during Saturday night's 60-43 win over Jordan

Darius Matthews and Jordarius Foster on the defensive boards during Saturday night’s 60-43 win over Jordan

The boys team under head coach Keith Simmons has already eclipsed last year’s win total of 13 and the 14 season wins are the most in a decade.

The Braves had three players finish in double figures including senior Jordarius Foster with 18, junior Emory Jones with 12, and sophomore Alijah Huzzie with 10.

Other players were strong defensively for the Braves including Darius Matthews who has served an important role on the court for coach Keith Simmons this season.

The Braves have only allowed 60 or more points to be scored once this season.

“We got a good start tonight jumping out 8-0 which is normally an issue for us, and I think that fast start came from getting the ball inside rather than relying on our shooting right way. We don’t have to live by the three and die by the three — true enough we have some good shooters don’t get me wrong — but they are some good slashers too so we don’t want to make ourselves one-dimensional,” Coach Simmons said.

“We got good effort and energy from everyone tonight. Torrance Allen came in and played well, Jordarius was himself on the block, and Darius Matthews has been big for us lately defensively and with his hustle on both ends. Going down to Spencer and that hostile environment Tuesday should show us a lot about ourselves.”

In the girls’ game, junior Emily Iddins continued to impress — leading the team with 12 points while Kimberly Harris tallied 10.

Sage Kelley and freshman Tori Caldwell each added six. The six points was a career high for Caldwell who was recently promoted to the varsity only squad by Coach Helen Akins.

The Braves and Lady Braves look to keep the winning ways going when they travel to Columbus Tuesday night to face off with Spencer (6:00/7:30).

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