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Defending champs Heritage gears up for postseason

The American Heritage School girls basketball team will try to continue its state championship reign in February.

The Patriots, who have the Stubbs sisters December and Tiana from the Hollywood Reservation, have won the past two Class 5A state championships.

American Heritage senior guard December Stubbs leads a break against St. Thomas Aquinas. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

They are in the midst of yet another impressive season.

With two games left in its regular season, the Patriots had a 17-4 record. They encountered a brief hiccup in mid-January with rare back-to-back losses against St. Thomas Aquinas and Blanche Ely, but rebounded to post consecutive wins against Winter Haven, Fort Myers and Somerset Prep.

American Heritage senior Tiana Stubbs, battling back from an injury, leads the cheers from the bench. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

The Stubbs are in their senior year. December is a starting guard; Tiana has been out with an injury, but hoped to play again before the end of the season.

The Class 5A-District 14 playoffs begin Feb. 3. The championship is slated for Feb. 7. Archbishop McCarthy is the host school.

Sisters Tiana Stubbs and December Stubbs from the Hollywood Reservation have been a part of two state championships at American Heritage School in Plantation. (Photo Kevin Johnson)