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Highland got their ninth and 10th wins this week, defeating Columbus Community in a defensive battle and eking out a win over Winfield-Mount Union with strong free-throw shooting late in the contest.
In the first game, it was the first game back for Aly Stokes after missing a week, and she had 16 points off the bench to lead the Huskies. Highland jumped out to a 25-20 halftime lead and used that to keep the Wildcats at arm’s length.
Alyssa Brase had a team high 13 rebounds including five offensive boards.
Highland coach Jody Fink said the game was ugly, but the Huskies got the win.
“(It was) a very ugly game in which we couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn or throw a rock in the ocean if we wanted to,” Fink said.
He said the team needs to work better on adjusting to things in-game as they come and continue to work on fundamentals.
In the Winfield-Mount Union game, Fink said he felt like they improved and simply “fought all night.”
“In the end, I am proud of the girls and their never-say-die attitude throughout the night,” Fink said.
The Wolves held a 15-7 lead after the first quarter, but the Huskies outscored Winfield-Mount Union the next three quarters to win the game 53-47. The Huskies scored six straight free throws after a 47-47 tie to win the game.
As a team they were 12-14 from the free-throw line compared to 5-14 for the Lady Wolves.
This week Highland plays Iowa Mennonite on Tuesday, hosts Danville on Thursday and hosts Louisa-Muscatine on Friday.
Columbus: 7; 13; 2; 9; 31
Highland: 11; 14; 5; 9; 39
Highland: 7; 13; 13; 20; 53
Winfield-Mount Union: 15; 7; 9; 16; 47