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Huskies go combined 3-2 at John Wall Holiday Invitational

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RALEIGH — Heritage’s girls basketball team won two of their three tournament games while the boys squad won one and lost one at the John Wall Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School this past week.

The Lady Huskies opened the tournament Thursday, Dec. 26 with a convincing 65-45 win over Cary, a team that won 20 games last year. Heritage jumped ahead early with a 37-19 lead at halftime.

In the second tournament game Dec. 27, Heritage fell to Southern Durham 47-39, a team they lost to 40-34 at home Dec. 20. The Huskies held a narrow 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Then the Spartans jumped ahead 18-15 at halftime and never gave up the lead from there.

Heritage ended the holiday tournament with a close 45-42 win over Concord First Assembly Academy. The Eagles took a 28-21 lead at halftime. The Huskies rallied back to cut the deficit to 33-30 at the end of the third period. Then Heritage took the advantage by outscoring Concord 15-9 in the final quarter to complete the comeback win at 45-42.

For the boys squad, they opened tournament play with a 59-50 loss to The Burlington School Dec. 26. The Huskies avenged their loss with a 65-49 win over Grace Christian the next day.

The Heritage girls team have competed in the John Wall Holiday Invitiational the past four years. The girls have racked up a record of 10-2 overall.

The Heritage boys won the South Granville Holiday Invitational the previous year by beating Chapel Hill 77-61.

Heritage will tip off NAC 6 conference play at Corinth Holders Friday, Jan. 10. The girls game will start at 6 p.m. and the boys follow at 7:30 p.m.