Highland boys get victory with big fourth-quarter run
COLUMBUS JUNCTION - The Columbus Community boys’ basketball team hosted Highland High School on Friday, Jan. 17 and let a narrow two-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter as the Huskies defeated the Wildcats 58-44.
A neck-and-neck first quarter ended with Highland holding an 11 – 10 lead. Columbus erased that deficit with a 6-0 run to begin the second quarter. The Huskies battled back to tie the game with under a minute left before the Wildcats were able to get a late bucket to take a 21-19 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter saw two more lead changes as the scoring was nearly dead even at 18-16 Columbus. The decisive fourth quarter was set with the Wildcats clinging to a 39-35 advantage.
Both teams took the floor for the final period, which saw Highland outscore Columbus 23-5 to take the victory.
As a team Columbus shot 27 percent (17/62) from the field. The Wildcats went 10/22 from the charity stripe and 0/11 from behind the arc. Two Columbus buckets were assisted. The Wildcats got 13 steals and a block.
The SEISC conference loss drops Columubs Community to 3-10 overall, 3-8 in conference play. Highland’s record improved to 7-5 overall, 7-4 in conference.
The Wildcats will take the court again on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at home against Pekin. The Huskies are in action next on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at home against Louisa-Muscatine.