The Heritage Christian Academy basketball team has picked up where they left off last season by starting out this year with a 3 – 0 record.
The Saints opened the season on Nov. 16 with a 90-41 victory over visiting Sugar Creek Christian School from Ironton, Ohio. They jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
The Saints outscored their opponent 18-11 in the first quarter, and led 37-17 at the half. In the third quarter, the home team Saints scored 32 points versus 10 points for Sugar Creek. Going into the fourth quarter, the game was out of reach for the visitors from Sugar Creek as many of the younger players saw some playing time. The Saints outscored their opponent 21-14 in the fourth quarter.
Jaycob Creel led the scoring for the Saints with 34 points. Joshua McDonald and Joshua Scritchfield were also in double digits with 18 points each. Also scoring in the game was Colin Jarrell with 9 points, Cole Schafer with 7 points, and Justin Carr had 4 points.
McDonald was the leading rebounder for the Saints with 7, followed by Creel with 6, Scritchfield with 5, Schafer with 4, Jarrell with 3, and Carr with 2.
The Saints shot an overall field goal percentage of 58%, with 67% in two-point shots, and 50% from beyond the three-point line. They also shot an impressive 92% from the free throw line.
The second game, on Nov. 27, was a hard fought 69-66 victory over visiting Covenant Christian School from Huntington, West Virginia. The Covenant team had many tall players plugging the lane, but the speed of the Saints proved to be the advantage. They outscored their opponent in three of the four quarters, which made the difference of the outcome.
Creel was again the leading scorer with 25 points, and also dished out 14 assists. Three other players were in double digit scoring for the Saints, McDonald with 15, Schafer with 13, and Scritchfield with 10. Also scoring was Jarrell with 4 points and Carr with 2.
Schafer was the leading rebounder with 10 caroms. Others collecting rebounds were Creel with 8, McDonald with 3, Jarrell and Carr with 2 each, and Scritchfield with 1. The Saints shot 45% from the field, and 55% from the charity stripe.
The third victory came on Friday, Nov. 30, against Lewisburg Baptist Academy from Lewisburg, West Virginia. The score of the game was 65-39.
The game started out back and forth with the Saints losing the first quarter 14-16. Coming out in the second quarter, the defense stifled the offense of Lewisburg and outscored their opponent 13-6. This had the Saints leading 27-22 at the break.
The local team came out of the locker room on fire and outscored the visiting team 25-2 in the third quarter. Lewisburg did win the fourth quarter 13-15, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit the Saints had built up.
Leading the scoring and rebounding for the Saints was eighth grader Debaba Tshiebwe with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Also in double digit scoring was Creel with 19 points, and McDonald with 14 points. To round out the scoring was Scritchfield and Carr with 3 points each, and Jarrell, Schafer, and Tyler Lanham with 2 points each.
Helping with rebounding was Creel with 7, Schafer with 6, Jarrell with 4, McDonald with 2, and Scritchfield and Carr with 1 rebound each.
The players on the Saints varsity team are Seniors Joshua McDonald and Colin Jarrell, Juniors Joshua Scritchfield, Jaycob Creel, and Cole Schafer, Sophomore Nathan Brittingham, Freshmen Justin Carr and Tyler Lanham, and eighth graders Zachariah Bigley and Debaba Tshiebwe. The team is coached by Glenn Taylor and assistants Adam Scritchfield and Kyle Creel.