By Rob Hamilton
Highland’s girls bounced back in league play, as they claimed wins on both Thursday and Saturday.
Thursday saw the Scots host East Knox and pick up a 52-39 win. Highland outscored their opponents in each of the first three quarters in picking up the win. They held a 10-7 lead after the opening period and increased it to a 29-17 score by the half. It was 38-25 with eight minutes to pal and the locals held that 13-point edge the rest of the way.
Madison Cecil led the team with 12 points, while Erica Sardinha added 10. Both Raven Tilford and Taylor Belcher finished with eight.
The Scots won again on Saturday, edging Fredericktown by a 54-48 score. The Freddies led 17-12 after the opening period, but Highland tied the score at 24 by the end of the first half.
Highland jumped in front 35-31 in the third quarter and added two points to their lead during the final eight minutes to claim the win and improve to 2-1, 2-0 in league play.
After bouncing back with a win over Northmor Thursday, Cardington cruised past East Knox Saturday by a 74-12 margin.
The Pirates led 20-0 after the first period and never looked back in taking the dominating win. They led 46-4 at the half and outscored their opponents 28-8 in the second half to pick up the win.
The team had five girls in double figures. Casey Bertke led the team with 16 points, while Kyndall Spires finished with 14. Both Alyson Adams and Kynlee Edwards tallied 11 and Sage Brannon added 10.
Northmor’s girls jumped into the win column on Saturday, as they topped visiting Centerburg 51-46.
The Trojans got off to a fast start, leading 15-10 after the opening period and 26-17 by the half. However, Northmor battled back in the second half. By the end of the third quarter, they’d cut their deficit to a 38-36 margin. They would then take the fourth quarter by a 15-8 margin to pull away for the win.
Karalee Patterson led the Knights with 26 points, while Maddie Swihart finished with 13.
Mount Gilead Indians
Centerburg jumped out to a commanding early lead on Thursday at home with Mount Gilead in taking a 59-16 win.
The score was 16-5 after the first quarter and the Trojans continued to add to their lead, taking the second 11-2, the third 17-3 and the fourth by a 15-6 margin. Madison Fitzpatrick scored five points to pace MG.
The story was much the same on Saturday, as Elgin picked up a 53-14 win over the Indians. Fitzpatrick led the team with seven points, but Elgin was able to control the game.
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