Highland puts a hurt on Harmony
RIVERSIDE — The Highland girls’ basketball team had little trouble downing Harmony in a 60-10 win, Monday.
The Huskies pressed for just a quarter and a half after they built up a 30-0 lead.
The team stopped pressing at that point.
Highland head coach Jody Fink pulled his starters. The starters saw action briefly for the outset of the third quarter.
“We were just starting the second half like we would any other,” Fink said. “We had a time limit for how long those were going to stay in. Three minutes.”
There is a continuous clock in the second half when the lead balloons to 35 and stays that way unless it gets below 25.
Highland scored the first 37 points of the game. Harmony scored its first points of the game on two free throws with 36.6 left in the second quarter.
The final deficit of 50 ended up being the largest lead of the night.
Junior Chelsey Lampe had team-highs of 15 points, six boards and six steals.
Sophomore Cheyanne Adamson was tied for the team lead with six rebounds.
Junior Bridget Murphy was second on the team with 13 points.
Fink stressed how crucial it was getting as much playing time for bench players as possible.
“We have played them the past couple years,” Fink said. “It is actually a good game to get a lot of other girls in.”
Harmony may not be on Highland’s schedule in the future.
“I don’t know how much longer they will even be around,” Fink said. “They are getting small right now. They need games. They are dropping in enrollment. A lot of kids are going to Van Buren. I don’t know if the school will be around in two years.”
The game served the purpose of allowing the team to play its up-tempo style and try out different defenses.
“We basically used it as a practice,” Fink said. “We put a couple girls in positions to see what they would do.”
The reserves were told to push the ball even with a big lead intact.
“If I would have pulled off pushing the ball up the full, our second team wouldn’t get in that routine,” Fink said. “That is how we want to play, pushing the ball as much as possible.”
The Huskies host Iowa Mennonite School, Tuesday at 6 p.m.
“If we weren’t playing tomorrow night (the starters) would play more tonight,” Fink said.