Martinsville’s girls basketball team may have been playing its first game of the season Tuesday night, but they played like they were in midseason form. The Bulldogs had 33 steals and 16 offensive rebounds as a team in a 64-24 rout of Heritage at Martinsville Middle School.

Martinsville held the Pioneers to just 4 points in the opening quarter, taking a 12 point lead at the end of the first frame. That trend would continue as the Bulldogs held Heritage to 10 or fewer points in each quarter.

Caira Valentine led the Bulldogs with 18 points, and added six steals. Nakieyah Hairston had 12 points with nine rebounds, seven on the offensive boards, and four steals.

All eight of the Bulldogs contributed meaningfully in the game, with each player scoring at least one basket and coming away with at least two steals and a rebound.

Leighton Jamison had nine points, six rebounds, and four steals. Tanya Wade had eight points, four rebounds, and three steals. Janiya Benton had seven points and three steals.

Destiny Harris had a team-high seven steals and four assists to go along with five points for the Bulldogs.

Martinsville (1-0) will get back on the court again Wednesday with a road contest in North Carolina at Reidsville High School. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Martinsville 64, Heritage 24

HHS 4 10 6 4 — 24

MHS 16 26 10 12 — 64

Martinsville: C. Valentine 18pts, 6rebs, 2assts, 2rebs; N. Hairston 12pts, 9rebs, 4steals; L. Jamison 9pts, 6rebs, 4steals; T. Wade 8pts, 4rebs, 3steals; J. Benton 7pts, 3steals; D. Harris 5pts, 7steals, 4assts; S. Boyd 3pts, 4steals, 3rebs; S. Gravely 2pts, 2steals, 2rebs

—Cara Cooper

Cara Cooper is the sports editor of the Martinsville Bulletin. You can reach her at (276)638-8801 ext. 241.

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