Young Huskies edge veteran Golden Hawks
WELLMAN — Even though Highland lost its top scorer from last year and has six sophomores on its roster this year, the Huskies showed they’re for real this year when they edged host Mid-Prairie 29-27 for two quarters of play at Tuesday’s Jamboree.
The Huskies, who finished 12-11 last season, led by five points with two minutes remaining before Mid-Prairie senior Mariah Swartzentruber hit her third straight 3-pointer to pull the Golden Hawks within two. Sophomore Emily Wieland made a pair of free throws to push the Huskies’ lead back to four, but senior Meghan Redlinger made a free throw to trim the lead back to three.
Highland showed its youth on the next possession, as sophomore Chelsey Lampe fired up an unnecessary 3-pointer, and Mid-Prairie senior Mallory McArtor weaved to the basket to trim the lead to one.
McArtor had a chance to give the Golden Hawks the lead with 25.9 seconds left, but missed a pair of free throws. And after a Highland turnover, Swartzentruber missed a 15-foot jumper. Wieland made one of two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to give Highland a two-point lead, and Swartzentruber’s desperation half-court shot just before the buzzer fell short.
Mid-Prairie, which won a share of the Cedar Valley Conference championship last season and went 17-6, lost despite out-rebounding Highland 19-5 and getting off 17 more shots at the basket.
Swartzentruber led Mid-Prairie with a game-high 13 points and six rebounds. Redlinger added five points, while McArtor and senior Erika Murphy scored four apiece.
Wieland led the Huskies with 11 points. Seniors Kelsey Doreo and Paige Wieland added five points apiece, and sophomore Samantha Dutton scored four points.