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Patriots bounce back on court

— The Heritage girl’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Friday in Conyers, and got their first Region 8-AAAA victory, holding off Loganville, 44-43. The Patriots blew a nine-point lead, but hung on for a much-needed win, which followed a 50-29 loss to rival Salem Tuesday.

“It was good to finally get a win again because the girls were starting to get down on themselves,” said Heritage coach Chris Pennamon, whose team improved to 10-7 and 1-2 in league play. “We still got some things we need to fix, (but) it was a good one to get back on track.”

Aujana Dawkins led the Patriots with 14 points and Adelia Hardaway added 11. Loganville fell to 7-9 and 0-2 against region foes.

A few miles down the road, Rockdale had trouble getting any offense going and lost at home to Miller Grove, which snapped the Bulldogs’ four-game winning streak. The non-region contest was a rematch from last season’s first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs, won by Miller Grove, 45-38.

“We just couldn’t get any offense going…both teams couldn’t get any offense going,” said Rockdale coach Sherri Williams. “Defense was the strength. Miller Grove had a solid defense as well as us. We just tried to run a new play that we implemented, and it just wasn’t executed.”

Rockdale (13-2) plays Stephens County at Salem High School, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. before hosting Heritage January 17 at 6:00 p.m.

“Big rivalry game,” said Pennamon. “Coming into the Rockdale game we just got to stay focused and try to do what we do best, which is play good (defense).

Eagles still alive in Macon

Eastside's wrestling team split two duals at the Class AAA State Wrestling Duals at the Macon Centreplex, knocking off North Hall, 41-34 in the first round before falling to Gilmer, 57-13 in the quarterfinals. The Eagles will try to stave off elimination when they wrestle the winner of Howard-Westside, Augusta Saturday morning. In Class AAAAA, Newton went 0-2, losing to nationally ranked Camden County, 72-9 and Lassiter, 60-21.