It took five tries, but they did it. The Midlothian Heritage girls' basketball team gave head coach Jason Hodges his first win against his alma mater, Stephenville.
The Jaguars also clinched no worse than second place in the final District 8-4A standings with the 47-42 road win Tuesday against the Honeybees.
Heritage will have to upset No. 1 (29-1, 10-0) Glen Rose at home Friday and hope the Lady Tigers fall next Tuesday to earn a share of the district title. If the Lady Tigers win either game, they clinch the outright championship and top seed.
Heritage is now 25-6 on the season, 8-2 in District 8-4A, and ranked No. 18 in the TABC 4A poll.
Heritage and Glen Rose meet in Midlothian at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.
LAST TIME OUT
The Jaguars soundly defeated Life Waxahachie on the road last Friday, Jan. 26, 62-41.
Emma Arnold knocked down four three-pointers for her team-high 15 points, while Jasmine Bailey had 13 and Dani Wallace scored 12.
Blythe Williams and Rachael Gray scored five points. Saige Klor scored four points, while Kaylee Robinson and Lexi Kennedy both added three points, and Karena Tipton had two.
“We played well at times. I thought that our defense was a little shaky at first, but then we settled down and got into the flow offensively," Hodges said. "We did a really good job early on in the second half. But towards the end, it got a little sloppy. But I’m not going to complain about a 20-point win at any point in time. But we still have some things that we need to work on.”
Jennifer Reese scored 20 points to lead the Lady Mustangs, while Nichols added 14 points and De'aundria Gipson had seven.
Life Waxahachie head girls' basketball coach Jarod Moss said, “We were doing pretty good there early. We had our star point guard go down this week, and she is out the rest of the year plus another player went down and is also out for the rest of the year. Lack of depth really hurt us tonight. Heritage is a great team. They are a well-coached team. They pass and move the ball well. Their press is hard to beat. It just wears you down. They gave us some problems tonight. They are so good at (wearing teams down). They are just a well-disciplined team and they are hard to beat.”