The Highland Hawks used 17 steals Thursday to get their fourth consecutive victory.
They defeated the Randolph Macon Academy boys basketball team, 79-39, at home in Warrenton, improving their record to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference.
“We got off to a really good start, which is something we always talk about,” Highland coach Jake Shechtman said. “We still haven’t quite played our best for 32 minutes, but we’re getting closer. … We feel comfortable with where we are but we still have a lot of room to grow.”
Junior Seth Kott led the Hawks with 19 points, while senior Matt Kelly had 12, senior Logan Miller had 11 and junior Nicky Sim had 10. Senior Rahji Johnson and sophomore Mark Terrell had eight points each.
Sim also had five steals, while adding three steals each were Kott, Kelly and Miller. Johnson had five of the Hawks’ 22 rebounds as well as two blocks and two of Highland’s 13 assists. Miller had six assists, while Terrell had seven rebounds.
“We got solid contributions from all 12 guys tonight, which is always fun to see,” Shechtman said.
Middleburg girls basketball 50, Highland 40
The Highland Hawks lost to the Middleburg girls basketball team, 50-40, on the road Thursday, but their coach, Gary Leake, couldn’t complain much.
“Very pleased with our play,” he said. “Great game for 3.5 quarters.”
Then, midway through the fourth quarter, the Hawks fell behind by two points. Their next four possessions resulted in either a turnover or missed shot.
“That changed the entire game,” Leake said. “Other than that, one of the best games we’ve played this year.”
Highland’s record fell to 4-4 despite 20 points from senior Michele Micciche. Senior Shelby Thornhill added 11 points thanks to perfect free-throw shooting, while freshman Stefanie Hoerner had six points.
Kettle Run boys basketball 59, Eastern View 27
The Kettle Run Cougars held the Eastern View boys basketball team to a season-low in points Thursday during a 59-27 victory at home in Nokesville.
The Cyclones averaged 52.1 points per game entering their contest Thursday, but Kettle Run suffocated their offensive production. Eastern View scored only four points in the second half with the Cougars outscoring it 12-2 in the third quarter and 16-2 in the fourth.
Kettle Run led only 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and 31-23 at halftime, but then the Cougars (8-1 overall, 3-1 Conference 27) put the clamps on Eastern View (2-6 overall, 1-2 Conference 22).
Eleven assists and 10 offensive rebounds fueled Kettle Run’s offense, helping Rashawn Latimer score a game-high 22 points. Eddie Benton added 12 points, while Tyler Williams had 10.
Latimer, who played for the first time since Dec. 6 after being sidelined for undisclosed reasons, also had a team-high seven rebounds (three offensive) and made 7 of 12 field goals. Williams and Justus Drakeford had three assists each, while Christian Yancey had four steals and two assists.
Yancey, Williams and Benton also had four rebounds each, while Brendan Deliee had six and David Eldridge had five.
Eastern View girls basketball 49, Kettle Run 38
Despite a career-high 21 points from Jasmine Webster, the Kettle Run Cougars lost to the Eastern View girls basketball team, 49-38, Thursday on the road in Culpeper.
Webster scored seven points in the first half, but the Cougars scored only eight more, so they trailed, 32-13, entering halftime. Addy Foudray finished with eight points as Kettle Run’s record fell to 2-7.
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