ROGERS -- Rogers Heritage grabbed a share of the 7A-West conference lead with an efficient offensive effort Friday night in War Eagle Arena.
Har-Ber 13 11 14 25 -- 63
Heritage 12 16 20 25 -- 73
Springdale Har-Ber (15-5, 4-2): T. Garrett 25, Perry 23, Ragsdale 5, Peck 4, Bishop 4, A. Garrett 2.
Rogers Heritage (15-4, 4-2): Stanley 23, Clines 17, Olsen 15, Breedlove 10, Peek 6, Kimball 2.
The War Eagles (15-4, 4-2 7A-West) shot a blistering 71 percent (22 of 31) from the floor, many coming from close range, to claim a 73-63 win over Springdale Har-Ber.
Heritage is now part of a five-way tie for first place in the league and plays host to co-leader Fayetteville to finish up the first round of conference play Tuesday night.
War Eagles coach Tom Olsen liked the way his team kept its composure in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Wildcats (15-5, 4-2).
"We execute really well in the latter part of the game in our press attack to keep the lead," said Olsen, whose team committed 15 turnovers. "I thought our kids got aggressive in the second half and we beat them down the floor when their pressure came up and got us. We got the ball up the floor.
"I thought offensive we set the tone in the beginning of the game and I thought we executed well to start the second half to get up nine, 10 points. That's a big win. That's a really good team we beat."
Heritage never trailed in the second half, but Har-Ber pulled within 40-38 on Tylor Perry's 3-pointer late in the third quarter. The War Eagles responded with an 8-0 spurt to end the quarter punctuated by Bryce Breedlove's 3-pointer at the buzzer to push their lead to 10.
Heritage hit 25 of 32 free throws for the game and 11 of 15 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
Senior Seth Stanley led four Heritage players in double figures with 23 points to go with 11 rebounds. Sophomore Logan Clines added 17, while Ty Olsen chipped in 15 and Bryce Breedlove 10 for the War Eagles, who led 48-38 after three quarters.
Heritage scored the final eight points of the third quarter punctuated by Breedlove's 3-pointer at the buzzer. That run came after Tylor Perry's 3-point pulled Har-Ber (15-5, 4-2) within two. Heritage also made 11 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Tyler Garrett led all scorers with 25 points for Har-Ber, while Perry chipped in 23. Har-Ber led 13-12 after one quarter and scored to open the second quarter, but Heritage responded with an 11-0 run and never trailed again.
Springdale Har-Ber 56, Rogers Heritage 43
Har-Ber 17 12 12 15 --56
Heritage 5 11 13 14 -- 43
Springdale Har-Ber 10-10, 2-4): Seiler 14, Menke 11, Kinnamon 9, Dickerson 4, Rohrbough 2, Pabon 2, Lynge 1.
Rogers Heritage (5-13, 0-6):Smith 13, Mains 13, Shannon 11, Collins 11, Wood 4, Nelson 4.
The Lady Wildcats got off to a great start and held off a late Heritage charge to win their second straight 7A-West game.
Har-Ber (10-10, 2-4 7A-West) led 17-5 after one quarter had an answer for every Lady War Eagle rally. Heritage (5-13, 0-6) got no closer than nine in the second half.
Har-Ber coach Jamie Green said there's no question her team had a different feeling, after snapping a five-game losing streak on Tuesday. But the Lady Wildcats also overcame some illness, too, Green said.
"Winning makes everything better," Green said. "You sleep better. You eat better. You're more excited about coming to practice. You're definitely more open to listening to coach.
"We are passing a virus and flu and I've missed two days of work. But I'm proud of our kids, no excuses. I think everybody in the league is dealing with it."
Krislyn Smith and Maci Mains led four Lady Wildcats in double figures with 13 points each. Khanni Shannon and Savanna Collins added 11 each.
Shannon had all 11 of her points in the first half as Har-Ber led 29-16 at halftime. The Lady Wildcats also made nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Pam Seiler led all scorers with 14 points for Heritage, while Brooke Menke added 11.
Preps Basketball on 01/27/2018
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