CONYERS -- When the originators of the 3-point shot first came up with their innovation nearly 80 years ago, they probably had nights like Tuesday in mind.
The Class AAAA No. 8 Rockdale girls basketball team hit nine 3-pointers and blew out Heritage 41-17 in a Region 8 game shortened to one half by a roof leak.
The Bulldogs led 41-17 at halftime before the leak caused the second delay of the night and eventual end to the scheduled doubleheader between rival schools. The boys nightcap was canceled and at press time a make-up date had not been scheduled.
"With the rain and with this being an old gym (the games were postponed)," said Rockdale athletic director Jerrid Harris. "It's a safety issue."
The Bulldogs (15-3, 3-0) had a barrage of threes in the second quarter, turning an 11-point lead after one into a 24-point halftime cushion. Brianna Lawrence, who led all scorers with 12 points, hit a pair of threes at the end of the first quarter and continued to fire away in the second. The Tennessee State signee hit two more from behind the arc on passes from Breanna Richardson, then Richardson hit one of her own to make it 29-14 and Kayla Collins followed suit, drilling two threes to put the hosts up 35-14.
It took visiting Heritage 4:30 to collect its first field goal as Che Hardaway finally ended the drought with a jumper in the lane at the 3:30 mark. Meanwhile, Richardson knocked down a 3-pointer off a pass from Collins to put the Bulldogs up 9-1. Late in the first quarter, the roof began to leak and delayed the game 13 minutes. When play resumed, Lawrence took over, draining consecutive 3-pointers, the last off a feed from Richardson that put the Bulldogs up 18-5 with less than a minute to play in the opening period.
Shanique Heard led Heritage (10-8, 1-3) with six points.