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The Huskies didn’t lead Louisa-Muscatine until the clock read just 1:45 in the fourth quarter, but they did enough in the final two minutes to come out with the 59-54 victory.
After a Zack Lasek basket with 1:45 left Louisa-Muscatine took their offense down the court and took back the lead at 54-53 with 1:01 remaining.
The next Highland possession was unsuccessful, and the Huskies needed the ball back urgently. That’s what they got from Cole Adamson and Mason McFarland, who corralled a Louisa-Muscatine player near mid-court and forced a loose ball that Highland came up with.
Zack Lasek was located up the court and a layup from him put Highland up 55-54.
On Louisa-Muscatine’s final possession a Highland defender blocking a passing lane forced a travel and Highland retained the ball with a one-point lead and 14.8 ticks remaining. To get Highland into the bonus Louisa-Muscatine had to foul three times and by then the clock read 9.8 and Zack Lasek hit both free throws in a one-and-one opportunity to extend the Highland lead to three.
Louisa-Muscatine never got a final shot and the game ended with a steal and Brody Burton laying the ball up at the buzzer to give Highland the 59-54 victory.
The win, according to coach Marcus Hall, can be put to three things Highland did better in the second half.
“We did three things better: defended better, we were more patient against the zone and rebounded better,” Hall said.
The first quarter started out poorly for Highland, and a hot shooting Falcons squad put their lead at 12 after the first quarter with a score of 21-9. From that point on it was playing catch up the whole night for the Huskies.
A big part of the 35-point second half scoring effort was more patience from Highland according to Hall. He said in the first half too many quick outside shots led to a poor offensive output.
“We started playing more inside-out and our buckets were more assisted rather than dribbling the heck out of it,” Hall said.
And while the win maybe wasn’t the best, Hall said a game like this shows him his team can keep calm in tough situations.
“I don't know that it was a great game for us, but I was really impressed with our composure,” Hall said.
Zack Lasek, who scored six of the last eight points for Highland, said he wanted to highland the guard play for Highland and said their defensive intensity led to the turnovers at key points that won the game.
Highland played Pekin on Tuesday and will play Mediapolis at home on Friday.
Box ScoreHighland: 9; 15; 16; 19; 59
Louisa-Muscatine: 21; 9; 12; 12; 54