In a showdown of two state qualifiers from a season ago, it was the Midlothian Heritage Jaguars who bested the Argyle Eagles Friday night.
The 47-42 road victory moved the Heritage boys to 14-4 on the season, while dropped Argyle to 12-3 on the season. The Jaguars and Eagles remained at No. 7 and 8 in this week's Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 4A polls.
Heritage jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the first quarter and held a slim 12-11 advantage at the half. The Jaguar then doubled the Eagles' offensive production in the third quarter behind buckets from Tristan Paschall, Vincent Lee and Reggie Adams. Heritage went out to outscore Argyle 18-9 in the period.
The Eagle offense found its groove in the fourth quarter, though, outscoring the Jaguars 22-17.
As a team, Heritage shot 51 percent from the field in the 47-42 win, which included 64 percent from inside the arc.
Lee dropped a game-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. The senior forward also fell one rebound shy of yet another double-double, finishing with seven boards. He also added three blocks and committed just one personal foul.
“He brings a little size. Obviously, he is 6-foot-8, so he is a big body and he is a great basketball player," Heritage head boys' basketball coach Andy Slye told the Midlothian Mirror earlier this season. "He also brings a little leadership. Not a lot of our guys have had varsity experience but he is bringing over a lot of varsity experience and a lot of leadership.”
Senior Collin Valenta chipped in 10 points. Reggie Adams and Paschall each finished with five points, and Kevin Luke added four.
Kerrion Fields contributed four assists and four steals, while Quinton Joseph added two points to his three assists and four steals.
Midlothian Heritage returns to the court to open District 8-4A play against Godley. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Heritage High School in Midlothian.