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White House Heritage head coach Carl Miller was thrilled to get his team back on the court to play an opponent Tuesday night.

In their return first game back after a three-week break, the White House Heritage boys claimed their first district win of the season with a 63-35 victory at Westmoreland.

The contest was never really in doubt from the opening tip. Led by nine first quarter points from Daniel Bale, the Patriots began the game on a 16-1 scoring run and continued to build their lead the remainder of the game. 

“These kids were so ready to play,” White House Heritage coach Carl Miller said. “We were quarantined for four weeks. We came back, and the teams we were supposed to play were quarantined. We only played one game the whole month of December. Our guys were tired of playing each other and were looking forward to getting back in the groove and I think it showed. They had a lot of fun.”

Heritage remained hot from behind the three-point line as well. Three three-pointers from Jared Brummett in the second quarter helped give the Patriots a 39-16 halftime lead. As a team, Heritage hit a total of seven threes.

“We do have some good size and shooters,” Miller said. “We’ve worked hard to get to this point, and I think this team has a lot of potential to make some things happen this season.”

In an otherwise frustrating night for Westmoreland, a bright spot was senior Ryker Hodge, who scored the first seven points for the Eagles and finished with a team high 13 points. 

“We obviously had trouble with their size and length, and they just outhustled us,” Westmoreland coach Corey Fitzpatrick said. “Offensively we just couldn’t get things going and were very impatient moving the ball around.”

Both White House Heritage teams will now face Springfield on the road Thursday night, while Westmoreland travels to White House this Friday in a pivotal district matchup. 

White House Heritage (65) – Daniel Bale 13, Jared Brummett 9, Damonte Teasley 9, Ben Branlund 8, Caleb Guisewite 8, Gavin Burnett 4, Timmy Freel 4, Moritz Deistler 3, Blake McDonald 3, Asher Green 2, Nolan Horner 2

Westmoreland (35) – Ryker Hodge 13, Karson Anderson 5, Kamryn Eden 5, Brycen Pardue 4, Carter Penick 3, Duncan Woerth 2, Colby Warner 2, Bryson Maxwell 1

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