Heritage won the opening tip then promptly committed the first of its 19 turnovers.
The Mountaineers had several more possessions end without shots while South-Doyle hit a zone with its shooting, and the outcome was predictable.
South-Doyle shot 68 percent on 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 14 treys and took a runaway win over Heritage 96-64 Monday evening.
“South-Doyle is a very good basketball team, and they shot extremely well,” Heritage coach Dennis Godfrey said. “Part of that is because our defense wasn’t getting a hand in their face, but they just shot extremely well.”
Heritage (1-5) came out strong and took an early 9-3 lead behind three strong inside baskets from game-high scorer Jacob Powell (26 points) and a trey from Tate Daniels (18 points). South-Doyle (5-1) responded with a 15-1 run to end the first quarter ahead 18-10.
The Cherokees then put up 38 points in the second period, with eight 3-pointers canned by five players. Heritage managed 18 points in the period to fall well behind.
The 56-28 halftime lead expanded to 83-46 as Heritage continued with turnover trouble while the Cherokees seemed to hit whatever was put up.
In the final period, Heritage got some good play off the bench and finally started hitting more of its shots. Kobe Johnson also finished in double figures, with all of his 13 points coming in the final quarter.
Three treys from Johnson helped the Mountaineers outscore South-Doyle 18-13 in that final eight minutes, but it was too little, too late.
The Heritage trio in double figures had little help, with four other scorers totaling only 7 points, and five of those seven coming in the fourth quarter.
A 6-foot-4 senior and returning All-District performer, Powell was effective in the low post and shot 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Daniels finished with 18 points, including three from beyond the arc and five points on his seven charity tosses.
“(Powell) has become a lot more aggressive and took some really good moves to the hole,” Godfrey said. “(Daniels) is probably our best shooter and did some good things. But our other kids kind of struggled.”
The lack of scoring from others was countered by a deep bench for South-Doyle. All but one of 12 Cherokees dressed hit the scoring tables, with three in double figures. That included a strong performance from point guard Kendrick Holland, who had 22 points including three 3-pointers, all in the second-quarter explosion.
Holland had the Heritage defense on its heels with quick moves into the paint for layups or quick dishes to his forwards for easy shots.
“That was outstanding point guard play,” Godfrey said. “Every team we’ve played so far this year has had strong point guard play. You’ve got to have that point guard that can make everybody better, and that’s what we ran into.”
Quentin Carr finished with 12 points, Lex Scott 11 and Terrell Brown 10 points for the Cherokees.
“We had good effort,” Godfrey said. “This one just got out of hand quick. They started lighting those threes. I believe in these guys. We’re going to keep working to get better and I believe we’re going to fool some people eventually.”
Heritage travels to Lenoir City to begin District 4-AAA play on Friday.