Another successful week for Jag hoops

Boys overcome cold starts twice to set up first-place showdown; Bryant careers at Alvarado

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Heritage's Hayden Wilson (10) goes inside for a basket during a December non-district home game against Fort Worth South Hills.

The Heritage High School boys’ basketball team ran its District 11-4A winning streak to four games last week, with victories over Alvarado and Godley to stay firmly in second place — with a chance to draw even at the top this Friday.

On Friday night, the Jaguars rolled to a 64-35 road win at Godley. The host Wildcats were leading 16-12 midway through the second quarter when the Jags flipped the switch, and Hayden Wilson’s back-to-back 3-pointers gave HHS a 24-18 lead.

The Jags (16-10, 5-1) embarked on a 19-2 run to take command and never looked back as they completely dominated the second half.

Wilson finished with three 3-pointers for the Jags.

Against Alvarado last Tuesday at HHS Arena, the Jags also got off to a cold start, but heated up in plenty of time to claim a 61-50 victory.

Will Haralson’s backcourt steal and layup early in the third quarter gave HHS its first lead of the night at 28-27. Later, a Wilson trey opened up a 39-35 edge, but the visiting Indians took a fourth-quarter lead before Xavier Moten’s 3 from the right wing ignited a 14-3 run or the Jags that put the contest to bed.

HHS fell behind early by an 11-4 count, but Greg Johnson’s backcourt steal and layup made it a 13-8 game at the end of the first quarter. The Jags kept the game in sight, trailing 25-21 at halftime.

The Jags were scheduled to host Venus on Tuesday night. They have a huge road game this Friday at 7 p.m. against first-place Life Waxahachie, which beat the Jags 43-28 on Jan. 4. The Jags will return home to host Hillsboro next Tuesday, also at 7 p.m.

Heritage junior point guard Jerzie Bryant (21) drives during Friday night's District 11-4A game against Godley at HHS Arena. The Class 4A No. 7 Jaguars were on the verge of a fourth-straight district title.

No. 7 Jag ladies clinch playoffs

The Class 4A No. 7 Heritage girls kept their stranglehold on District 11-4A with easy victories over the two teams tied for second place behind them — Alvarado last Tuesday, and Godley on Friday.

The Jaguars (23-5, 8-0) opened the week with a 77-38 road blowout at Alvarado. HHS opened up a 24-6 lead in the first eight minutes of play and continually widened the advantage.

Junior Jerzie Bryant scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Jags, followed by sophomore Grace Sweeney with 17.  Freshman Ava Batty chipped in with eight tallies.

On Friday, HHS clinched a playoff berth — a foregone conclusion at this point — with a 59-28 home rout of Godley as Bryant pumped in another 20 points and Sweeney 11. Freshman Taylor Bilderback made her varsity debut, scoring seven points, including a 3-pointer.

The Jags traveled to Venus on Tuesday night with a chance to seize their fourth straight district championship with a win.

The Jags will host Life Waxahachie on Friday night and will travel to Hillsboro next Tuesday as the finish line to the regular season draws closer.