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Highland went into the locker room at halftime with a solid 31-16 lead, but Winfield-Mount Union wouldn’t go away behind the hot shooting of BJ Rogers.
Rogers was 4-7 from behind the 3-point line and had 27 of Winfield-Mount Union’s 43 total points, he was a big part of the 21-12 advantage from the Wolves in the third period. Eventually the game was cut to just a three-point lead for Highland at 43-40.
Highland junior Trey Lasek said at that point the team had gotten somewhat lax on defense.
“We got in the huddle and Marcus (Hall) told us ‘you better lock it up right now’ and we took that to heart,” Trey Lasek said. “We don’t like when people criticize how we play defense so we buckled down.”
After that Highland timeout, things changed defensively for the Huskies and Highland eventually went on to win the game 56-43.
While the Huskies moved to 2-0, coach Marcus Hall said it was a step back from their win earlier in the week against Columbus.
“I thought our defensive energy wasn’t quite where it needed to be and because of that we weren’t able to string together quality stops and get the ball out in transition,” Hall said.
He said for the team to be at their best they need to be consistently rebounding and pushing up the court on offense.
“I always talk about having a presence out on the court and I thought that was dwindling a little bit,” he said.
And while the presence wasn’t totally there, the Huskies did see some good play out of their bench. Zane Arnold and Bryce Waters saw significant bench minutes after Brody Burton received his fourth foul in the middle of the third quarter and then had to head to the bench briefly with an ankle injury.
“I thought Bryce Waters gave us some quality minutes and Zane Arnold was physical on the boards and that was what we needed,” Hall said.
Some of the things Hall said the Huskies need to improve on is getting the ball inside and working from there instead of settling too early for outside shots.
Working inside means going through sophomore big man Zack Lasek, who was a big focus of the Winfield defense. Zack Lasek had 17 points on the night, but for a brief period a switch to the zone by WMU seemed to take away the entry pass.
Cole Adamson was the next leading scorer for Highland with 16 points. He said coming into his first varsity home game he was a bit nervous, but he said with how much Zack Lasek was sucking in the defense it gave him the ability to find open shots.
“We have a big man and we try and feed off him, once they realize he’s a problem they double or triple team him so that leaves our perimeter wide open,” Adamson said.
Highland’s contest on Tuesday against Iowa Mennonite has been postponed so the Huskies will wait a week between contests and travel to Louisa-Muscatine.
Winfield-Mount Union: 12;4;21;6;43
Zack Lasek 17
Cole Adamson 16
Mason McFarland 9
Brody Burton 7
Huskies win opener
You couldn’t ask much more from your team in their opener as Highland came out and throttled Columbus Community 64-34, including a defensive effort that allowed only 10 first-half points.
Zack Lasek led the charge on offense with 22 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks.
The Huskies were 7-17 from the line and had three players shoot 2-4 from 3-point range including Zack Lasek, Cole Adamson and Mason McFarland.
Highland outrebounded their opponents 41-23 on the night, giving them a huge advantage in that aspect.
As a team the Huskies were 26-50 from the field in their opener.
Zack Lasek 22
Mason McFarland 14
Brody Burton 8
Cole Adamson 8
Trey Lasek 10