MIDLOTHIAN

The Jaguars nearly outscored visiting Godley with their first quarter scoring alone.

Midlothian Heritage boys' basketball took a 21-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back on their way to a 79-47 win to open District 8-4A. All 10 Jaguars active on Tuesday, Dec. 19 scored in the home win.

“We came out, and we got out after it like we practice every day," Heritage head boys' basketball coach Andy Slye said. "We shot the ball really well. We played together as a team. We’re taking steps to get better every single day. All credit to the kids, they came out and got after it today.”

Slye added, "Godley is much improved from last year. Coach [Shea] Diffie does a really good job. We just played one of our better halves in the first half."

Slye did note he was not all too pleased with the energy the Jaguars played with during the second half, though. Part of that frustration came from the Jaguars finishing 2-of-7 from the free throw line in the second half and 6-of-14 at the stripe on the night.

“I think that is a lack of focus. We had a big lead, and we weren’t going up to the line ready to shoot the ball. It's just a lack of focus," he explained. "We practice this everyday shooting hundreds of balls every single day. Sometimes they go in, and sometimes they don’t. But we have to get better.”

Vincent Lee led the team with 17 points, which included 14 in the first half. Eight of those points came during a 12-0 Heritage run to start the ballgame.

Sophomore power forward Reggie Adams scored 10 points, while Noah Parker had eight points, Tristan Paschall and Kerrion Fields added seven, and Braydon Bennett and Mason Thomas scored six points, respectively.

Both Kaleb Neal and Collin Valenta scored five points, Dre Washington and Quinton Joseph had three, and Kevin Luke rounded out the scoring with two points.

Heritage, who is still ranked No. 4 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 4A poll, is now 15-4 on the season and 1-0 in District 8-4A.

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The Jaguars will now trek to Lubbock for the 59th annual FiberMax Caprock Classic. The 85-team field is self-dubbed "The world's largest high school tournament" and features teams from Texas, Oklahoma, and Australia.

Heritage opens the three-day tournament that runs Dec. 28-30 on Thursday, Dec. 28 against Trinity Christian at 4:30 p.m.

Slye said while the tournament will continue the team's grueling pre-district slate, all focus is on continuing to improve to make a run at a District 8-4A title and deep postseason run. The Jaguars return to district action Tuesday, Jan. 2 at TABC 4A No. 18 (15-5, 1-0) Waxahachie Life.

"We challenge ourselves in the pre-district because we know we know we are going to get challenged in the district and, hopefully, in the playoffs," Slye explained. "Our next district game is against Waxahachie Life. Man, they are really, really good. Coach [Eddie] Bruman does a really good job and they have some really good basketball players. So we are going to have to get better every day like I said and hopefully we will be ready for that game.”

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Mike Sackett/Mirror contributed to this report.