Pats march to Saturday morning winDecember 19, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
LINCOLN CITY - Heritage Hills will have the right to play for the Perry-Spencer Tournament Championship Saturday evening.
The Patriots (7-1, 4-0) took on Pocket Athletic Conference rival Tell City Saturday morning, running away from the Marksmen, 92-13, in the semifinals. Junior Hadley Lytton connected on a 3-pointer to start the game, and the Pats never looked back. That was the begining of a 17-0 run, and Heritage Hills kept on making it happen from there.
The Pats turned towards their reserves for much of the game, getting contributions from many off the bench. Juniors Grace Mangan and Madison Begle each got in double figures with 14 points and Madison Begle, respectively. They also got an 11-point outing from Rylie Schipp, with almost everybody contributing on the scoresheet. These are players the Pats may be turning to after Rebekah Gordon, Avery Neff and Nevah Barnett graduate in 2021.
"I thought they played well," Heritage Hillls coach Kim Brown said of her reserves. "I thought they were loose, and there to willing to shoot the ball. Everybody's looking to score, and if they missed a shot, they head back, and it was like a shooter's mindset. If you miss one, you forget about it, and I thought we played (with a) very positive mindset.
"Defensive-wise, I thought they did a pretty good job - throwing in some different concepts and things we're trying to get better at on them," Brown continued. "And (we had) a lot of different mix of girls today. So, communication was good, and it was just a good experience overall."
Gordon contributed a game-high 22 points, with most of her first half scoring coming from the free throw line and she tacked on another 10 points in the latter half. Brown had her starters for a few minutes in the third and fourth quarters in an effort to keep them on their toes for Saturday evening's game against Perry Central.
"You don't want them to sit too long," she said. "I put them in a couple minutes each quarter and let the younger girls get a lot of time in the second half. But every time you play is an opportunity to get better. So, we didn't want to waste any time.
Heritage Hills was originally supposed to play Tell City on Dec. 1, but that game got postponed, and these two teams managed to meet in tournament play. With this game being made up, Saturday's result does count towards the PAC standings.
The game against the Commodores is set for 8 p.m.
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