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The Highland girls basketball team started the second half of the season with a loss to Wapello.
The 45-34 loss for Highland was close throughout the second and third quarters, but their offense stagnated at the wrong times and they couldn’t go on any runs.
“We hit the stagnant offense again going 16 minutes throughout the game without scoring,” Highland coach Jody Fink said. “Those big frames of scoreless times are killers, and not getting offensive rebounds on top of that really puts you behind the eight ball.”
Highland was missing a big part of the their offense and defense for the game as Aly Stokes sat out the game. Stokes leads the team in points, rebounds, assists and blocks per game. With Stokes out, junior Kylie Wood got the start.
Highland did have players step up in her place though, with Brylee Carolan keeping them in the game in the first half with a pair of 3-point shots. She scored the first points of the game, nailing a 3-point shot for Highland after the team went scoreless for the first 4:18 of the game. Carolan finished the game with eight points and five rebounds.
The first half ended with Wapello leading 17-13.
In the second half Murphy Beinhart took over a lot of the scoring responsibility by adding 10 of her 12 points in the second half.
In the second half Highland got as close as three, with the scoreboard showing 31-28 at the end of the third quarter. After Wapello scored five straight and held Highland scoreless in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, Fink called a timeout.
After the timeout the Arrows were able to keep Highland at arms length, with their lead never going below six the rest of the game.
Foul trouble kept the Highland bench busy, as both Abbie Miller and Haley Sweeting fouled out during the game and Brylee Carolan finished with four fouls.
One area of concern for Fink was the lack of offensive rebounds for Highland and the offensive rebounds they gave up on the other end.
“We turned the ball over way to much and didn’t block out, giving up to many offensive rebounds and not getting any ourselves,” Fink said.
Highland had just three offensive rebounds compared to 15 for Wapello. All of Highland’s were grabbed by Abbie Miller. She ended the night with six rebounds. Alyssa Brase also grabbed six rebounds as the two co-led the team.
The Huskies took just five free throws, sinking four, compared to 25 free throws for the Arrows. Wapello shot just 11 of 25 from the free-throw line.
Wapello: 13; 4; 14; 14; 45
Highland: 7; 6; 15; 6; 34
Murphy Beinhart 12
Brylee Carolan 8
Abbie Miller 6
Abbie Miller 6
Alyssa Brase 6
Brylee Carolan 5
Sarah Schneider 3
Murphy Beinhart 3