COLLEYVILLE -- The Colleyville Heritage girls basketball team all but wrapped up the District 6-5A title for the first time in two years on Tuesday.
The 51-43 win over Irving MacArthur was fitting after MacArthur had been the only obstacle standing in the way of Heritage's district championship chances the past two seasons.
After district championships in 2009 and 2010, Heritage realigned with Irving MacArthur, which handed Heritage its only two district losses in the past two seasons.
"It's a big deal," Heritage coach Dianna Sager said. "Obviously without Alexis Jones [now a freshman at Duke] they're a different team, but it's also mentally good for our kids to have that done."
Irving MacArthur (23-5, 9-2 in District 6-5A) played Heritage (23-10, 11-1) close in both games this season, and rode the scoring of junior guard Tory Jacobs. On Tuesday, Heritage made an effort to clog the lane, creating plenty of traffic for Jacobs to shoot through when she penetrated the Heritage defense.
"Everyone had a foot in the paint, unless you were guarding [Tana Driver] or [Jacobs]. Everybody else had a foot in the paint," Sager said. "We were really going to clog up the lane so they couldn't get that stuff."
In the teams' first meeting, Jacobs had a game-high 28 points. On Tuesday, she had 19.
For Heritage, senior post Caroline Gonzalez finished with a game-high 21, including seven points from the free-throw line.
With the win, Heritage owns a two-game lead in the district and controls its destiny for the top spot with two left to play against district bottom dwellers Irving and Irving Nimitz.
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