The Jaguars of Midlothian Heritage welcomed the Lady Indians from Alvarado in a district 17-4A match on Tuesday evening for their last regular season game. The Jags team completely dominated the Lady Indians, from start to finish, to clinch the District crown – as they moved to a spotless 10-0 record and became champions in a rather lop-sided affair.
The Jags were paced by Jerzie Bryant who had 14 points, Elise Stafford with 10 points. and Danielle Wallace with 9 points. HHS improves to an outstanding season record of 26-11 and a sparkling count of 10-0 in district play.
This past Tuesday evening, Alvarado was led in scoring by Jaiden Wright with 11 points and Alysia Torres with 6 points. With the loss to Heritage, the Lady Indians fall to 10-23 for the season and 2-9 in district play.
It was also Senior Night for the Jags, as five seniors were recognized for their hard work , commitment to their team, and a special thanks was given to those young ladies that have played basketball for all 4 years, and some also lettered in other sports. The Seniors that were honored on Tuesday evening were: # 32 - Danielle Wallace, # 10 - Blythe Williams, # 11 Gabby Stripling, and twin sisters # 24 - Lyla Wyrick and # 30 - Savannah Wyrick.
The Heritage basketball ladies will be hard at work in preparation for the upcoming playoffs. The Jags will have their first bi-district game next Monday or Tuesday (February 17 or 18). There is a tie in the other district that Heritage will face in the first round, so they have to compete in a tiebreaker game on Friday, February 14.
Head Coach Angie Evans said, “We won’t know who we play or have any details until after their game on Friday. We just know we will face the winner of that tie-breaker game next Monday or Tuesday evening.”
17-4A boys: HHS 61, Alvarado 53
The Indians from Alvarado came into Midlothian on Tuesday evening thinking that it was going to be business as usual against one of their district rivals. In fact, they came to town with legitimate bragging rights with a better district record (6-1), but they forgot to run that plan past Heritage, and the Jaguars had something different in mind.
The Indians came out strong, but could never really pull away from Heritage, only leading at halftime 26-21. The second half was much more one-sided, as the Jags outscored their opponents by a margin of 40-27, and won going away.
Alvarado came into this game with a gaudy 27-5 record on the season and 6-1 in District 17-4A. On Tuesday night, the Indians were led in scoring by Will Johnson with 20 points, Jordan Caldwell with 14 points, and Kobe Webb added an additional 9 points.
Heritage was 14-8 overall and 4-3 in district when the game began, but with a solid victory at home, they have now improved both records to 15-8 and 5-3. They are currently nipping at the heels of both the Alvarado Indians and the Life School Waxahachie Mustangs in their district.
Last Tuesday night, the Jaguars were led in scoring by Reggie Adams - 17 points, Jaden Hogg - 14 points and Jared Cantrell - 15 points. Defensively, the Jags came out in the second half and swarmed the Indians and forced several turnovers and errant passes.
HHS has another tough task to deal with on this coming Friday night, as Life School Waxahachie must travel to Heritage, to try and handle the Jags like they did when they surprised the Jags, forcing them to lose by the final score of 56-44 a couple of weeks ago. The tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Heritage’s home gymnasium.