HENDERSONVILLE - Stepping up in classification did not bother visiting White House Heritage Tuesday night as the Lady Patriots walked away with a convincing 59-29 victory over host Hendersonville High School.
“It was our best, most complete game played in a long time,” White House Heritage head coach Clay Head said. “It started with our defense and rebounding. I felt like defensively we were locked in. We had a decent idea of what they wanted to do and we did a nice job of going out and executing. Everyone played really hard.”
Leading 52-19 with just under six minutes left in the game, Head was able to empty his bench and get playing time for the girls that normally don’t get to see the court.
“We are trying to get our younger girls ready and more prepared and things like this help. There is nothing like real in-game playing time,” he said. “We start five seniors and they do a great job for us but we can’t win many games with just five girls. Seeing them play well, defend, and score points was great to see.”
The win over a AAA opponent had the Lady Patriots feeling good following the final buzzer, but this team knows that they still have a long ways to go if they want to reach their potential.
“I think it gives us some confidence but we are a confident team,” Head said. “We just played Gallatin and was in control of that game until the last two minutes before giving up a 14-0 run to end the game and losing by four, so, to come back out against a good AAA team they way we did was great.”
Alex Green paced the Lady Patriots with 17 points while Kelsey Russell poured in 16. In total nine different players scored for Heritage in the 30 point win.
“Alex and Kelsey are tough and that starts with their defense and rebounding,” Head added. “That said we have to score and they are typically the ones who lead us in that category. The other teams know that which gives other girls an opportunity to step up. It was good to see our balance tonight.”
Point guard Staten Holmes tallied seven points for the Lady Patriots, but the senior is tasked with much more than putting the ball in the basket.
“We put a lot on her shoulders because we struggle with ball-handling without her,” Head said. “She is tough. I’d like to see her score more and I know she is capable of it but for us to win we count on her to handle the ball, handle the other team’s pressure, get us in the right situations, and play good defense as well.”
This group of seniors was part of a middle school class that won five straight Robertson County Middle School Championships, and three of the girls are soccer players who have enjoyed great success on the pitch. This is something that will help the Lady Patriots as they advance further into the season according to Head.
“It definitely helps a lot, “ he said. “These girls know how to win and know what a winning program looks like. I think they carry that attitude over and I think our other girls have picked up on it. The biggest thing is our attitude is we have to get better. A game like tonight is good, but to look at their faces after the game they know we want to do bigger things.”
Girls Box Score
WH Heritage (59): Alex Green 17, Kelsey Russell 16, Staten Holmes 7, Kinsley Caruthers 5, Eimy Esparza 5, Kyndal Farmer 4, Sadie Short 2, Armonie Toliver 2, Nikki Morrell 1.
Hendersonville (29): Janaeya Mays 22, Cookie Morgan 6, Kayla Minchey 1.