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While the result never really appeared in danger, it wasn’t the smoothest night offensively for the Huskies as they relied on getting points in transition more than usual in a 64-23 win Friday over Winfield-Mount Union. The victory was powered by senior Kelsey Hora’s season-best 26 point effort on 66.7 percent shooting and sophomore Aly Stokes’ career night on the glass.
The Huskies trailed early 6-3, before the defense shut down WMU for the rest of the quarter and most of the second. Towards the end of the quarter, the offense heated up slightly, thanks to transition offense as they ended the quarter on a 14-0 run.
The second quarter also got off to a bit of a sluggish start.
“We were getting bodied up,” said head coach Jody Fink on the struggles in the half-court offense. “We’ve got to continue to work at (that). The girls don’t like the contact a lot and we continue to work at that. We’ve got to get them to the point where they do like that contact and accept it.”
“But we forced some things and that’s what we were doing there too. Even in the third quarter, just trying to work the offense. Getting them to rotate around will get us wide open layups, wide open shots and we weren’t doing that in the first half.”
In the first half, the half-court offense relied heavily on getting the ball to Aly Stokes down low and seeing if she could back down her defender.
“She’s got to get stronger. She’s trying to back it down with her back to the basket. She’s got to use her athletic ability. A little jump shot, a little fake, then take a power dribble around. That’s stuff that we have been working with her on,” Fink said.
Stokes finished with 16 points on six of 16 shooting from the field, but she did have her best rebounding night of her career, hauling in 20 rebounds. Seven of those came on the offensive end of the floor.
The 20 rebounds is good enough to be tied third in Class 2A for the year and a top 10 in the state for most rebounds in a single game this season. Stokes is third in the state in rebounds per game and fourth in total rebounds.
Much like the first quarter, the team shook off a slow start to take a 20 point lead into half.
In the second half, the team was much more successful in getting out into transition from the start of the quarter, and Hora was largely the benefactor. She racked up 10 points in the third quarter alone and added six quick points in the fourth to set a season high in points at 26.
That aggressiveness resulted in a 19-1 advantage for the Huskies in the third as WMU failed to make a field goal in the quarter.
Tuesday night, sophomore Abbie Miller tied her career-high with 17 points in Highland’s 55-36 victory on the road against Columbus.
Highland used their defense to help build a lead, giving up just eight points in each of the first three quarters. After taking a 14-8 lead into the second quarter, the Huskies extended their lead to 25-16 by the half.
Entering the fourth with a 36-24 lead, both teams had their best offensive quarter points-wise. Head coach Jody Fink praised junior Murphy Beinhart for her shooting down the stretch. Beinhart scored seven of her nine points from the line on 77.8 percent shooting.
Miller shot 70 percent from inside the three-point arc and was three of six from the line as she led the Huskies in points. She also collected 10 boards for her third double-double of the season and her career.
“People don’t give her enough credit for what she does. Abbie really is the center of what we do. Even she doesn’t think about that. Everything that we do goes around her,” said head coach Jody Fink.
Aly Stokes also had a double-double Tuesday night with 18 rebounds and 13 points. Her 18 rebounds weren’t even her best mark against Columbus. She collected 19 in the previous meeting back on Nov. 29.
Kelsey Hora led the team in assists with five and collected six of the team’s nine steals.
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