Wake Forest 44
by Marty Simpkins
WAKE FOREST — Heritage limited Wake Forest’s outside shooting to come away with a 52-44 win on the road.
Wake Forest freshman Kayla Surles outshined her team with 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to split the season series at home against Heritage. Having played Wake Forest earlier this season, coach Pat Kennedy said that he knew what his defense had to do to stop the Lady Cougars.
“We limited Wake Forest’s 3-pointers,” Kennedy said. “They’re a team that likes to take a lot of 3-pointers and they had only two makes. We tried to force them into making tough 2-pointers and they did make some, but it didn’t allow them to make large runs on us.”
The big three of Heritage gave the Huskies some big points on the scoreboard to help them with the win. Taylor Hughes scored 14 points and freshman point guard Alissa Small put up 10 points in her second game back from injury.
Then there was senior captain Synclair Pender, who led the team with 18 points. Kennedy said that he was impressed with her performance in the conference win.
“I thought Synclair Pender showed why she is the senior captain,” Kennedy said. “She stepped up and hit some 3-pointers and played really good defense. We were really happy for her, because that was her last game against Wake Forest. To be able to go out on a positive note like that, we were excited for her.”
Heritage plays Millbrook at home Friday at 6:30 p.m.