Senior Night on the high school level are always special, fun, usually ends with tears of joy, smiles and photobombs. Jaguar reserve Chris Gresham made his senior night memorable with a standout performance.
Gresham had been out with injury during the chunk of the Jaguars schedule, since mid-December. He made his return banking memories forever to be recited years to come by scoring a team-high 18 points, 14 in the second half. Gresham scored inside and outside, left elbow to right elbow, added timely rebounding an effective defense.
Gresham’s performance was so solid head coach L’Dreco Thomas was shocked to learn his big man put in 18 points to lead the Jaguars in scoring.
“Wow, I did not know that,” an open-mouthed Thomas said as his bookkeeper handed him the score book from the game during a postgame interview. “(Gresham) stepped up and played well for us tonight. He gives us a more depth and more versatility and I think he made a difference tonight,” Thomas added.
Heritage needed the game, Cedar wanted the game, Heritage was never in it as Cedar Shoals commanded the basketball game wire-to-wire for a 73-61 win, the 23rd win of the 25-game regular season, the most regular season wins in over 10 years
The Jaguars raced out to an 18-1 lead, led by as many as 21 at one point and never allowed Heritage to come closer than 10 until the waning moments. Greg Smith finished with 15 points followed by 13 from Jerrick Mitchell and 12 from Snipe Hall.
Charles Moore paced Heritage with 20, Jordan Thomas had 12 and Marquis Davis scored 12 off the bench for the Patriots.
Cedar Shoals (23-2) will open play in the 8-5A region tournament at home Tuesday night