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First quarter not enough for Highland Christian
The Highland Christian Prep girls basketball team took to the court Jan. 11 with a purpose.
They came out hot against the North Sound Christian Lions and raced to a 11-2 lead after one quarter. Everything looked to be in the bag for the Knights as they pounded the offensive glass to jet out to the big advantage. But the Lions regained their composure in the second period and went on a big run of their own, catching and eventually overtaking Highland for a 35-25 victory.
Junior Chelsea Graber started the game with a flurry of activity, getting herself open for baskets near the hoop. Graber managed to score nine first quarter points on a variety of crafty moves near the basket. She seemed to have the game completely under control for the Knights, whose guards looked to feed Graber at every opportunity.
Highland also forced a number of turnovers using a full court pressure defense that trapped the North Sound ballhandlers at every opportunity. Allison Sande came up with two steals from the all the pressure.
Highland got themselves in trouble in the second quarter as the Lions began to figure out and adjust to the full court press. North Sound began to throw over the top of the trap to wide open players at midcourt. The press break created three-on-one opportunities down at the offensive end and Highlands lead started to slip away.
With two minutes left in the second quarter Highland looked at the scoreboard to see a tie ballgame, 11-11. The Knights continued to press and North Sound continued to throw over the top as they moved ahead 15-11 before halftime.
After a scoreless second quarter, Kylie Burrows got Highland going again in the third quarter with a bucket underneath to cut into the Lions lead. Tia Breekveldt then went coast to coast on a layup to boost the Knights momentum. Graber came through with a 3-point play after getting fouled on a running one hander and Highland was within 21-18. But that was as close as the Knights would get the rest of the way as North Sound extended the lead to 29-19 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth, Highland made no adjustments to their defense and North Sound continued to throw over the top of them for easy baskets. The Lions held on for a 35-25 win on the strenght of a lot of layups.