December 8, 2012

Prep roundup: Third quarter key in Lady Raiders hoops win

Crickett Wyatt did not start Friday’s game for Southeast Whitfield’s girls basketball team, but she made one of the biggest impacts.

When one of Christian Heritage’s starters temporarily left the game, it also brought a major shift.

The Lady Raiders won 54-42 at home in the first meeting against the Lady Lions thanks to the sophomore’s 10 points off the bench, with eight coming in the second half as Southeast took the lead for good with Christian Heritage’s Rebecca Leonard temporarily sidelined with an injury.

In the boys game, Christian Heritage held off a late Southeast rally for a 72-63 win to split the varsity action.

In the girls game, with Christian Heritage (1-5) ahead 30-29, Leonard hurt her ankle going for a loose ball. Southeast’s Tavi Parris hit one of her three 3-pointers to spark a 15-2 quarter-ending run.

“That was an emotional punch,” Christian Heritage coach Heather Lowery said. “Any injury is serious to me, but when you look at the way things happened, you thought, ‘Oh, something is torn or something is broken.’ ... I didn’t even think she’d be back in. I think it was an 11-point turnaround.”

Leonard returned with 58.3 seconds left in the period and finished the game with a team-high 14 points and three 3-pointers. However, she could not stop Southeast from gaining a 48-33 lead with 5:50 to play, although it was trimmed to 48-42 with less than three minutes left. The Lady Raiders (2-4) scored the final six points.

“In the third quarter we had a pretty good quarter,” Southeast coach Michael Durham said, “and then in the fourth we started making too many mistakes again and started fouling again. But (we) did a good job tonight.”

Wyatt, who played in the night’s earlier junior varsity game, provided a big lift and played extended minutes in the contest.

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