A 21-point first quarter was a nice start to the 4A area championship for the Midlothian Heritage boys' basketball team. But not quite as impressive as the Jaguars' 25-8 run in the second quarter Friday night against Graham.
Heritage went on to handily win the Region I area crown against the Steers, 84-42.
After the game, head boys' basketball coach Andy Slye said the Jaguars "came out and got after it."
“We knew they were a tough team and we knew we were going to have to play like we did to beat them," Slye said. "We came out and played them extremely hard, and we are going to have to do that to beat a team like that. They are a good team, well coached and well disciplined. We knew we were going to do what we did.”
He also applauded Jaguars' team-first approach on both ends of the court, which led to 13 shooters tickling the twine.
Collin Valenta led the team with 17 points. He hit his first four shots from behind the three-point line to open the game on a 12-0 Jaguar run.
Vincent Lee added 13 points and a team-high six rebounds, while Kerrion Fields scored 11 points and dished out five assists.
Kevin Luke and Kaleb Neal both scored eight points. Jared Cantrell added six points, Tristan Paschall had five, and Reggie Adams and Dre Washington each added four points. Noah Parker (2), Ben Allen (1), Mason Thomas (1), and Bryson Owensby (1) also added to the Jaguars' point total on a night when Heritage shot 61 percent (31-of-51) from the field.
Midlothian Heritage, who is ranked No. 11 in the TABC 4A poll, will face No. 23 (21-13) Burkburnett in the 4A Region I quarterfinals Tuesday. The winner will then travel to Lubbock for the regional tournament Friday and Saturday. It would mark the second-consecutive trip to the regional tournament for the Jaguars.
Tipoff in the quarterfinals is at 7:30 p.m. at Bridgeport High School.