The 7th grade Highlanders boys basketball team channeled their Valentine's Day passion into an impressive 53-17 dismantling of the visiting Willard School. Coach Josh Dozier knows how to coach pressure defense and it set the tone for game. The first quarter ended 14-1 as 3-pointers from Jordan (Dr J) Cortes, (Mighty) Quinn Willrich and Jacob (Ringitup) Prager were made possible by a relentless half court trap.
Ben (Big Game) Barrett, Cole (Cat Quick) Kingston and Max (the Ankle
Breaker) Davis picked pockets and dished out assists all afternoon. Willrich scored the first 9 points of the 2nd Quarter with Big Game
Barrett assisting on 3 of the buckets and Emmett (The Enforcer) Reed
executed nifty back-to-back spin moves for easy lefty lay-ins. Max
Davis split 2 defenders with a behind-the-back dribble and finished with
a tear-dropper in the lane to end the scoring in the 1H at 29-5.
The 3rd quarter was show time as the Ankle Breaker opened the scoring
with a 3-pointer and on the next possession he threw a no-look diagonal
pass through 3 defenders to a hustling Ben Barrett for a score. Jordan
Cortes cleaned more glass than Windex as he hoovered up every rebound in
his vicinity. Mitchell (the Banger) Bloemker and (Rapid) Roy Connors'
perimeter defense and pinpoint passing helped the Highlanders extend
their lead to 45-11 by the end of the 3rd quarter and pushed it to 53-17
by game's end.