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New Heights Hawks opens season 1-1

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By Janet Haigler
For the Progressive Journal

New Heights Middle School boys’ basketball team opened its season last week, beating Chesterfield, 34-27, and losing to Long Middle School of Cheraw, 40-34.
In the loss to Long Middle School Tyus Miller scored 14, Chris Rushing 7, Jamius Dunlap 6, Taariyen Webber and Dalphus Miller 2 each, and Ashton Rollins 1 point for New Heights.
“The Hawks are a young team with us only bringing back five from last year’s team,” said head coach Billy Blakeney. “Being young and inexperienced definitely showed in the loss to Long. I often teach it is the little things that win games and that proved to be the case after we only shot 6 for 23 from the free throw line and committed 30 plus turnovers.”
In the win over Chesterfield Miller again led New Heights, this time with 13 points, followed by Rushing 10, Tyler Stewart 3, and Dunlap, Webber, and Justin Resendez each with two points.
“The team got off to a great start and gained confidence throughout the game,” Blakeney said of the Chesterfield game. “They also cut down on their turnovers and did much better from the foul line. Yet, there is always room for improvement. The crowd was loud, but the Hawks didn’t falter; they kept their composure down the stretch and pulled off a road victory.”