Huskies keep it simple in victory over Wolves

Huskies keep it simple in victory over Wolves


Huskies keep it simple in victory over Wolves



Sometimes simple is the best solution.

That was the case for the Highland boys basketball team Monday night.

Highland coach Marcus Hall simplified his team’s offensive and defensive approaches after halftime, and the Huskies responded in a big way.

Highland (5-1) broke open a tie game at the half to cruise to a 60-43 win over Winfield-Mount Union (4-2) in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division matchup.

“We just tried to simplify the game,” Hall said. “We told the guys we were going to make it simple. We realized that they are pretty good defensively, but we could still do everything we wanted to do if we didn’t turn the ball over.”

Highland switched from zone to man-to-man defense and went to its basic offense after halftime. The transitions were simple, but the results were impressive.

Highland outscored Winfield-Mount Union 18-9 in the third quarter to turn a 25-25 halftime tie into a 42-34 lead.

The Huskies opened the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run and Winfield-Mount Union never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

“We decided to keep the game simple,” Hall said. “We went to man on defense, and we just wanted to space the floor and get the ball in the paint on offense.”

Leading 29-28 with less than six minutes left in the third quarter Highland slowly put the game out of reach.

The Huskies stretched the margin to 35-30 on a basket in the paint by Chris Ford and then pushed the lead to 38-31 on a Josh Brase 3-pointer.

Brase finished with a game-high 20 points while Ford had 13 of his 15 points after halftime.

“Our leaders led us,” Hall said. “Chris and Josh did a really nice job tonight of making plays for themselves but also letting other guys be the beneficiaries of their ability to get in the paint.”

Highland also got a big game out of senior center Colin Sexton who finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite its relative lack of size, Highland owned a 36 to 30 rebounding advantage Monday as Brase and Ford each grabbed six rebounds.

“We aren’t the biggest team so we have to have all five guys rebounding,” Hall said. “I thought we did that tonight.”

After Winfield-Mount Union shot 38 percent from the floor in the first half, Highland limited the Wolves to just 18 percent field goal shooting in the second half.

Highland’s pressure man-to-man defense also hurried Winfield-Mount Union into 12 second half turnovers.

“We came out in man, and I think that changed our attitude a little bit,” Hall said. “I liked the way we went after them on defense in the second half.”

Winfield-Mount Union was led by Max Fricke with 13 points while Jake Edwards added 10.

“I’m extremely happy,” Hall said. “They came in playing really well, and they have a couple of guys that can really play so this is a big win for us.”

HIGHLAND (60) – Bill Burton 0-2 0-0 0, Jesse Wollrab 1-3 2-4 4, Tucker Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Josh Brase 7-14 4-5 20, Nick Sandburg 3-4 0-2 6, Chris Ford 5-11 5-6 15, Colin Sexton 5-8 3-6 13, Jake Michel 0-2 0-0 0, Jake Yeggy 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-46 14-23 60.

WINFIELD-MOUNT UNION (43) – Zach Davis 1-11 3-4 5, Bryce Robison 1-4 0-0 3, Max Fricke 4-6 5-10 13, Lake Carlson 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Edwards 3-7 4-4 10, Travis Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Klayton Booth 0-1 1-2 1, Sam Jennings 0-2 1-2 1, Kolt Rossiter 2-4 2-3 6, Garret Baker 1-3 1-2 3, Kerry Davis 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 12-41 18-29 43.

Winfield-M.U. 13 12 9 9 43
Highland 13 12 18 17 60

3-point field goals – Hhighland 2-10 (Burton 0-2, Wollrab 0-1, Hall 0-1, Brase 2-6) WMU 1-11 Davis 0-6, Robison 1-2, Fricke 0-1, Edwards 0-1, Rossiter 0-1.) Rebounds – Highland 36 (Sexton 10) WMU 30 (Edwards 9). Turnovers – Highalnd 13, WMU 18. Total fouls – Highland 19, WMU 16. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None.


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