Heritage boys win region opener

Heritage used a dominant third quarter to stay unbeaten Tuesday. The Patriots held Cedar Shoals scoreless in the third quarter, turning a 23-21 halftime lead into a 46-21 lead after three of a 70-60 victory in Region 8-AAAAA play.

Heritage (2-0, 1-0) was led by Rashad Jones, who scored 21 points, while Trevor Campbell added 13 and Terrell Flowers had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“Good Team effort, kids played extremely hard,” said Heritage coach Vernon Denmark. “Still a lot of things we need to work on.”

In the opener, the Heritage girls fell 43-34 to Cedar Shoals.

The Salem girl’s basketball team didn’t play particularly well Tuesday against Fayette County, but the Seminoles still held a one-point lead with a few seconds left in the game.

But a few seconds was enough for Kayla Smith, who hit a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired, lifting Fayette County to a 49-47 victory at the Hilton Tip-Off Classic at Norcross High School.

Salem, which fell to 1-1, was once again led by Ayanna Mitchell. The unsigned junior had 18 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, though she only made 5-of-16 field goal attempts, part of a 29 percent shooting night (16-of-55) for the Seminoles.

Jennifer Tindi also had a double-double for Salem, chipping in with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Shay Tarver added eight points, albeit on 2-of-10 shooting. The Seminoles’ turnover problems also continued as they had 19 Tuesday after having 23 in a season opening victory over Meadowcreek.

Smith led all scorers with 22 points.

Salem plays at Newton Friday.