RALEIGH -- Both Athens Drive and Heritage found themselves near the bottom of their conferences last season. But if Friday night’s game between the two was any indication, their oppenents better take them seriously. The two teams played a tough and physical game, with Athens pulling out a 59-57 home win over visiting Heritage.
Athens (2-0) got off to a quick start, taking a 13-4 lead in the first quarter. Heritage used its defense to get back into the game, slowing down Athens’ plans to run at every opportunity. Athens coach Dayna Jordan said Heritage’s defense was a big reason why their lead was cut to just 26-25 heading into halftime.
“Heritage did a real good job of slowing our game down,” Jordan said.
“Our philosophy is to get the ball up and down the court as quickly as possible and they really took us out of that.”
It was Heritage’s offense that caught fire in the third quarter by finding its touch from the outside. Heritage coach Nicole Allen said her team‘s comeback was keyed by their ability to hit outside shots and make stops.
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