Highland grabbed a conference win over Lone Tree last night, despite a furious come back by the Lions in the fourth quarter.
After the first quarter the game stayed fairly close with a Huskie lead at 15-11, but by halftime, Lone Tree struggled with scoring while Highland pulled away with a 31-18 lead.
Out of the break and into the third it was still a big Highland lead at 42-29, but Lone Tree came back strong, clearing the lane because of foul trouble and getting Madelyn Flemr going, helped Lone Tree make a mad dash for the finish and came within three, losing 53-50.
For Lone Tree Flemr had 24 points and seven rebounds, while Kennedi Warson had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Lone Tree head coach Travis Pierson said he wasn’t sure how the game was going to go having just played Danville the night before, but was happy with the fight by his team.
“I was excited that they had the fight in them to do that,” Pierson said. “Flemr and Warson were doing what they needed to do to get the ball inside to score. We had fouled out their big girl, so there wasn’t much of a presence inside so between Warson and Flemr we were able to get inside and get some quick buckets really made the difference. It just came down to free throws at the end, we were only 50 percent from the line and they weren’t much better than that, actually they were a little worse than that, but can’t turn the ball over and we have to hit free throws and make the bunnies.”
Highland was led by Cheyanne Adamson with 24 points on the night.
Lone Tree falls to 1-1 on the season and plays Pekin on Tuesday, while Highland goes to 1-0 and plays Harmony on Monday.