MIDLOTHIAN

Alvarado did not have an answer on either end of the basketball court for the Midlothian Heritage Jaguars on Friday night.

The Jaguar girls soundly defeated Alvarado, 71-18, to raise their season record to 23-5 and improve to 5-2 in District 8-4A.

Heritage, who ends the week ranked No. 18 in the TABC 4A poll, jumped out to an 18-6 lead in the first quarter and proceeded to hold the Lady Indians under six points in each of the next three quarters.

“I told these kids if we can get our offense going and we put up a strong defensive effort, we are going to win a lot of games," Heritage head girls' basketball coach Jason Hodges said. "[...] We worked a lot of defense. We’re coming up against the toughest slate in our district with Godley on Tuesday, and then Stephenville and Glen Rose the following week. So, we need to have a good defense going. I thought that we got a lot of hands on a lot of balls, a lot of deflections, a lot of steals. I thought that we did a good job on the boards. But all around again, a good team defensive effort. Our goal is to hold a team under 32 [points] a game. We cut that in half. That was a great job by our team.’

Jasmine Bailey scored a game-high 16 points and was joined in double-digit scoring by Emma Arnold (13) and Saige Klor (12).

After the game, Hodges applauded the gut-check efforts of both Bailey and Arnold.

"Jasmine Bailey, she’s been sick all week and hadn’t been able to practice a couple days. We kept her out all week. And then Emma Arnold, she has been in a little slump this week. We talked to her this week about that. The coaches, we talked about that and wanted to get her some touches. And she did a great job tonight. In fact, both did a great job tonight," Hodges said. "Everybody did. It was a team effort all the way around. But those two, especially, really got going for us early on.”

Dani Wallace added nine points. Blythe Williams had seven points. Kara Mahoney chipped in five points.

Both Kaylee Robinson and Karena Tipton scored three points, while Lexi Kennedy had two and Rachael Gray scored one point.

The Jaguars still trail No. 2 (26-1, 7-0) Glen Rose in the district standings and are tied with (14-11, 5-2) Stephenville for the second spot. Heritage and Stephenville are one game clear of fourth-place Godley and two ahead of fifth-place Venus and Life Waxahachie.

UP NEXT

Heritage travels to Godley on Tuesday, Jan. 23 for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

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Additional reporting by Mike Sackett/Daily Light.