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WAKE FOREST — Heritage’s girls basketball team kept building off their lead throughout the night on their way to a 53-33 win over Sanderson at home Monday.

The Huskies started off the night with an 8-2 run. Then both teams scored four points each to make it 12-6 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Heritage jumped ahead on a 12-3 run to take a 24-9 lead. The Huskies went into halftime up 25-14.

Heritage stayed hot out of halftime with a 13-1 run to open the second half. The Huskies went up 38-15 and then went into the fourth period up 40-20.

In the final quarter, both teams scored 13 points to keep the margin of victory the same as Heritage held on for a 53-33 win.

Heritage head coach Pat Kennedy said the players enjoy one another’s company on the court. That allows them to play better and it showed against Sanderson.

“Our chemistry is growing,” Kennedy said. “The girls really like playing with each other. Their energy all game long was pretty consistent. That was great to see.”

Freshman shooting guard Caroline Ishman was the only player to score in single digits for Heritage. She made three 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished the night with 16 points.

“Caroline was hot in the first half and we just didn’t find her enough,” Kennedy said. “We talked about it at halftime. The girls found her in the second half and Caroline did a great job of knocking them down.”

With the win, Heritage improved to 3-4 overall. The Huskies have had a hard time putting together a win streak this season. Heritage is coming off a 48-41 loss against Millbrook.

The main reason the team has not performed well in recent games is due to injuries to Malia Poirrier, the only senior on the team, and Chloe Williams, who was poised to be a starter as a sophomore.

Until the players recover from their injuries, Kennedy will have to coach a young, inexperienced team for a long period of time. Right now, he said his main concern is how the girls play for the rest of the season.

“Rebounding is still an issue,” Kennedy said. “We also have to move the ball around a little bit more. There are things we’ve practiced, but during the games, the girls freeze up and revert back to old habits. We’re going to worry about the process rather than the results. We’re not looking at final scores as much as how much we’re getting better as a team. It’s going to take some time for the girls to get better.”

Heritage will play Southern Durham at home next Friday at 6 p.m.