February 11, 2014
By ROB HAMILTON
Highland started their week with a 45-39 road win over Fredericktown in a game that wasn’t decided until the Scots pulled away late.
The Freddies led 12-8 after the opening period, but Highland fought back to go in front by a 20-18 margin at the half.
After Fredericktown cut one point off that deficit in the third, Highland took the final eight minutes by a 17-12 margin to finish with the win.
Jett Swetland led Highland with 13 points, while Ryan Burt added nine.
Cardington was on fire offensively against Ridgedale last Tuesday in an 80-64 win.
After eight minutes of play, the Pirates were up by a 24-12 margin. They increased their lead to 46-26 by the half. While the Rockets outscored them by four in the second half, they were unable to put much of a dent into Cardington’s lead.
All five starters reached double digits for the Pirates, with Tyler Dornon leading the way with 26. Both Mason Richardson and Mac Thompson scored 15, while Cole Hess had 12 and Mitch Yake finished with 10. Richardson hit five three-pointers in the win, while Dornon added four.
Mount Gilead Indians
Mount Gilead struggled through a rough week, suffering three losses, two in league games.
On Tuesday, the Indians lost 69-33 at Centerburg in a game where offense was hard to come by early.
The Trojans led 18-4 after the first quarter, 34-8 at the half and 53-17 after three period before the Indians put up 16 points over the final eight minutes.
Chris Godfrey led the Indians with 11 points, while Tyler Bland added 10.
On Thursday, a third-quarter slump doomed the Indians in a 59-53 home loss to Shekinah Christian. Mount Gilead led 14-11 after the first quarter and 23-22 at the half, but were outscored 15-7 in the third to fall behind by seven ponts in a game they lost by six.
Xavier Harris provided 30 points for the Indians in the game, while Godfrey added 10.
On Friday, the Indians once again found offense tough to obtain in a 42-30 loss to Fredericktown.
The Freddies took a 9-4 lead after the opening period and then opened up a 25-10 halftime advantage. By the end of the third quarter it was 40-16 before Mount Gilead outscored Fredericktown 14-2 over the final eight minutes to close within 12 points.
Zach Hosack led the team with nine points, while Harris added eight.
On Friday, Northmor suffered a 74-51 road loss to Ridgedale. The score was 18-12 in favor of the Rockets after the opening period, but the Knights were outscored 17-7 in the second quarter and 22-15 in the third, as Ridgedale built a big lead.
Gunnar Lilly’s 11 points led Northmor, while Daniel Donner added eight.
Northmor then lost 54-43 to Fredericktown on Saturday.
Daniel Donner led the Knights with 17 points, while James Donner finished with 11.
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 204.