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February 1, 2018 Pekin picks off Highland passes to win
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Having nearly as many turnovers as shot attempts probably isn’t going to satisfy the win conditions for any team. That was the case last week for Highland as they hosted Pekin and lost 47-25.

“Our passing has hurt our shooting by not getting the ball in our shooting pocket. Bad passes eliminate shot attempts,” Highland coach Jody Fink said.

The game started pretty evenly, with things all tied up at four halfway through the first quarter. Then a wide-open 3-point shot started the 10-0 Pekin run to end the quarter.

The scoring drought for Highland lasted more than eight minutes of play as Highland didn’t get their next basket until 3:20 left in the second quarter as Abbie Miller scored. Miller had five of six points for the Huskies in the first half.

At the end of the half the scoreboard read 27-6. The beginning of the second quarter the Huskies showed some more intensity on the floor, but it didn’t translate to points as they sat on six points for nine minutes of game time before Aly Stokes hit a 3-point shot. Another Stokes 3-pointer a few possessions down the road got Highland into double-digits before the close of the third quarter.

Highland scored 13 of their 25 points in the fourth quarter. Stokes led the Huskies with 10 points, Abbie Miller had seven.

“We were not the aggressive team and we weren’t looking for our shots at all,” Fink said about the Huskies performance.

The loss was the Huskies third consecutive loss.

Box Score

Pekin: 14; 13; 12; 8; 47

Highland: 4; 2; 6; 13; 25

Mepo brings the wrath

One night after taking a loss to Mid-Prairie, Mediapolis took out their anger on the Huskies.

Mediapolis hit 19 3-point shots compared to Highland’s one 3-point field goal. That was enough to have the scoreboard at 51-15 at the end of the first half and 78-35 by the end of the game.

Highland coach Jody Fink summed up the loss pretty easily.

“We ran into a scoring machine tonight,” Fink said.

He also commented that the four game losing streak the Huskies are currently on while averaging only 31.3 points per game has been frustrating.

“It’s frustrating for everyone how we’re playing, the players and coaches alike,” Fink said.

Highland will look to bounce back as they played Lone Tree at home on Tuesday and travel to Wapello on Thursday.

Box Score

Highland: 6; 9; 8; 12; 35

Mediapolis: 26; 25; 15; 12; 78

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