Colleyville Heritage solidifies No. 2 spot in 6-5A

Colleyville Heritage took a big step in solidifying its hold on second place in the District 6-5A girls basketball race with a 38-35 road victory over Hurst L.D. Bell on Monday.

The win gave the Lady Panthers (15-9, 8-1) a season sweep over Bell (21-7, 6-3).

Heather Roberts, a 5-foot-10 junior guard, and 5-foot-8 senior guard Heidi Schneider each scored nine points to lead the balanced Colleyville Heritage attack. Roberts leads the team in scoring with a 10.6 average and in 3-pointers with 43.

The Lady Panthers trailed Bell 34-27 at the start of the fourth quarter, but held the Lady Raiders to no field goals and only one free throw in the final eight minutes.

In the first meeting of the teams on Dec. 9 in Colleyville, Bell outscored its hosts in the fourth quarter, 18-9, but fell a point shy in a 46-45 Colleyville Heritage victory. Schenider scored 18 points in that game.

Artavia Ford, a 6-foot-2 junior post, is Colleyville Heritage’s leading rebounded with 5.4 boards per game.

Colleyville Heritage’s only district loss came at the hands of ESPNDallas.com’s top-ranked Class 5A team, Irving MacArthur, 65-53. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Jan. 27 in Irving.

Two home games are next for Colleyville Heritage. Haltom comes to town Friday, followed by Irving Nimitz on Tuesday. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 6:30 p.m.