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Jan 16, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Lexee Hartsock goes up for a shot during the girls’ game.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

WINFIELD — It was a tough night in Winfield on Friday. The Lady Wolves lost a heartbreaker, 53-47, to the visiting Huskies. The boys were unable to quiet down a high-scoring Highland offense in the boys’ game, falling 84-47.

The girls’ game went right down to the wire. The game was tied 47-47 in the final minute but six-straight Husky free throws pushed Highland to a conference victory.

The W-MU girls got out to a great start, outscoring Highland 15-7 in the first quarter. Jami Wilkerson had six points in the period and Lexee Hartsock had five as the Wolves opened up an eight-point lead.

Highland battled back in the second quarter. Abbie Miller scored eight points in the second period and the Huskies cut the W-MU lead to 22-20 before the break.

The Huskies spread the ball out in the third quarter and eventually took the lead, outscoring the Wolves 13-9 to take a 33-31 lead after three periods. The Wolves tied the game back up in the fourth quarter and the game was up in the air, but the Wolves fouled Murphy Beinhart with 42 seconds left. Beinhart sank both and Alison Stokes hit four straight down the stretch to put the game on ice.

“The girls have been shooting free throws pretty well (and) the two girls that were there are two of our better shooters,” said Highland head coach Jody Fink about the game-winning free throws. “We had the ball in the right hands at the right time and we took advantage.”

Stokes scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to finish with a team-leading 20 points. She also pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked six shots. Miller had 16 points and 14 rebounds to give the Huskies two girls with double-doubles.

Beinhart scored 11 points in the win. Brylee Carolan had six. Alyssa Brase didn’t score, but did lead the team with four assists.

W-MU was led by Hartsock, who finished the game with 20 points and four steals. Lauren Jamison finished with eight points. Wilkerson had six points. Karley Shlee had four points and a team-leading 10 assists. Kyndal Townsley scored three points. Allie McArtor finished with two points and 14 rebounds, and both Molly Jennings and Liana Sweezer scored two points.

“I was really proud of the way we played tonight,” said W-MU coach Mitch Wachs. “I thought we took care of the ball. I thought we valued the ball better. We made good decisions for the most part and we competed.”

The W-MU boys got off to a strong start in the first quarter, getting seven first quarter points from B.J. Rodgers. Highland, however, had a consistant scoring night, tallying at least 17 points in each of the fourth quarter.

The Huskies ended the first period on a 9-0 run to lead 18-11 at the first horn. Highland scored 29 second-quarter points to take a 47-33 lead and held a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

Highland boys’ coach Marcus Hall said the team’s fast pace led to the runaway win.

“It started with our defense being able to play in the open court, get rebounds and push,” Hall said. “We have a pretty balanced team (and) I thought we did a really good job of advancing the ball ahead of the defense and making the extra pass. Gave us a lot of rhythm threes, and with good shooters, if you give them rhythm threes, they’ll knock them down.”

Trey Lasek led the Huskies with 22 points. Zack Lasek had 20. Mason McFarland scored 10, and Cole Adamson finished with 10 to give the Huskies four double-digit scorers. Brody Burton had nine points in the win. Bryce Walters scored three and Bill Laughlin had two.

Rodgers and Cody McCreight co-led W-MU with 13 points apiece. Daunte Oepping scored six points on two three-pointers. Mitchell Niebuhr had four, and the duo of Tristan Kauffman and Jared Arnold finished with three points each.

“We were ahead, 11-9. I thought we had a good start, but then we stopped moving the ball,” W-MU boys’ coach Brad Doerring said. “We got it cut to 47-33 at half and got it to 10 to start the second half, but defensively it looked like we didn’t want to defend tonight.”

The Wolves will be in Columbus tonight (Tuesday) for a girl-boy doubleheader in Columbus. Those games will begin at 6 p.m.

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