Team unity is a common theme with Heritage Christian's girls basketball players and coaches. That special bond doesn't start on the court. It starts with gatherings and devotion every other week or so. The effects of those activities and the friendships created just spill onto the court.
The bond has been apparent all season and was no different in the Speedway Regional on Saturday.
"Our chemistry is unbelievable," said Allison Schofield, who combined for 23 points in Heritage Christian's two wins Saturday. "We have so much work going towards this season and just as a team we come out strong."
The Eagles moved past Speedway 78-40 in the morning semifinal round and then handed Triton Central its second loss of the year with a 57-43 win to take the regional title.
The Tigers' only other loss also came at the hands of the Eagles, 68-41 on Dec. 4.
The Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead when Natalie Orr scored twice, Schofield hit a 3-pointer and Sydney Hall a layup.
They led the rest of the way.
"As a team, we were just ready to play," Hall said. "We were really happy to be here and it was a great opportunity for how young we are."
Hall and Schofield led the Eagles with 14 points each.
They never let up. The Eagles took a 48-32 lead in the third quarter, and after the basket, Orr stole the inbounds pass and scored to make it 50-32 with 1:38 left in the third.
"As a team, we just come together well," Orr said. said. "We have rebounders, we have defenders, we have shooters, and all of us are all of those things."
Do the accomplishments of the season and the right to play in the semistate make Heritage Christian a dominant team? Coach Rick Risinger doesn't think so.
"I wouldn't say that," he said. "The team is just very close with each other, so they feed off of each other. They have a tendency to control it because all five players are working in unison, so it appears that way."
But if a team gives the Eagles an opportunity, they will play like they have total control. "If you do not control them, then they can become very dominant," Triton Central coach Bryan Graham said. "I think if you can't control your composure, then a five-point lead can turn into a 15-point lead, to a 20-point lead pretty quickly with them."