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Local teams pick up 2nd-place trophies

The Heritage girls basketball team recently finished second in the Chuck Miller Classic at Henry County High School.

The Patriots fell in the championship game 66-45 to Douglas County, a Class AAAA semifinalist a year ago. In the first round, Heritage (6-4) knocked off Eagle's Landing 60-39 and then behind 15 fourth-quarter points from Aujana Dawkins defeated LaGrange (50-44), which was at the time the Grangers' first loss of the season.

"I'm very proud of them, we came down here ... no one thought we would get past LaGrange, came in and ran into a loaded Douglas team. But it's a stepping stone," said Heritage coach Chris Pennamon. "We see where we're trying to get to."

Salem's boys team also picked up a second-place trophy at the Savannah Holiday Classic, dropping the title game to Savannah, 57-40.

"We just got off to a slow start and all honesty, I think we were a little tired," Seminoles coach Darren Wilkins said. "We just didn't have energy that last game."

Salem (10-2) got to the championship after defeating Benedictine 72-30 and host Johnson-Savannah, the No. 9 team in Class AAAAA, 60-57.

"Very talented team," Wilkins said of Johnson. "And we were playing them on their home court. I was very pleased with that."