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Highland let a 10 point first quarter lead slip away in New London, but closed the game with a 15-0 run for a 50-36 win.
The Huskies defeated New London 64-25 on Nov. 22, but on Friday the Huskies trailed 36-35 late in the third quarter.
Kelsey Hora scored eight of the next 10 Highland points as the Huskies scored 15 in a row and shut out the Tigers in the final quarter of play for the win.
In addition to playing without Brylee Carolan, who scored 22 points in the first matchup, the Huskies were plagued by foul trouble as Hora, Aly Stokes and Abbie Miller each finished with four fouls and Murphy Beinhart had three.
“It was a lot of heart and team work,” Highland coach Jody Fink said. “Our girls sucked it up and they played smart in that fourth quarter without fouling out. It was heart, they played for each other, and did what they needed to do and played smart.”
Stokes finished with nine points and 14 rebounds despite sitting on the bench for a good portion of the game with three fouls. Hora finished with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Amy Schnoebelen had five points, eight rebounds and four assists for Highland. Abby Miller had six points and six rebounds. Holly Schneider had five points and three steals, while Beinhart added four points and five rebounds.
Kelsey Hora scored the 1,000th point of her career in Wapello on Tuesday, but it wasn’t a great day for the Huskies, who lost their first game of the season by a score of 58-49.
Wapello outscored Highland in each of the first three quarters. The Huskies had just 23 points at the half and trailed 46-33 with eight minutes left.
“We had no desire or intensity tonight for this game,” Highland coach Jody Fink said. “We were very careless with the ball and gave them many extra possessions. Wapello played a good game and made us pay for our mistakes.”
Each team entered the game making around 40 percent of its field goals for the season. Wapello shot a slightly higher percentage, while the Huskies finished just 18-54.
Kelsey Hora scored 21 points for Highland and was 3-8 from the three-point line, but the rest of the team made just two of 11 attempts from outside. Alyson Stokes scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds for Highland before fouling out. Murphy Beinhart had eight rebounds, and Abbie Miller had seven. Amy Schnoebelen had six boards and four assists.
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