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Lauren Burleson shoots over Mountain Heritage defender Nyssa Freeman in last week’s varsity
girls basketball showdown. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2014-02-12 17:41:20
Last modified: 2014-02-12 17:42:06

Lady Vikings falls in road games at Madison, Mountain Heritage, belts Bearcats

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Avery Lady Vikings basketball’s dreams of a regular-season WHC championship were doused last week as a pair of road defeats allowed the Mountain Heritage Lady Cougars to clinch the title and top seed in next week’s WHC Tournament.

AHS fell in Marshall on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to the Madison Lady Patriots by the final score of 62-39. One evening later, AHS unleashed some frustration when it visited Hendersonville, downing the Lady Bearcats 63-34. On Friday, Feb. 7, Avery could not carry the momentum built from its recent win, however, as Mountain Heritage stretched an eight-point halftime lead into a 25-point rout as the Lady Cougars captured the conference regular-season championship by handing the Big Red a 59-34 loss.

Madison 62, Avery 39

AHS got off to a slow start against Madison and was never able to recover. Avery scored only six points in the first period on three-point baskets by Bre Heaton and Jessica Hoilman, while Madison received balanced scoring by five players in the quarter to take a 16-6 lead after one period.

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