YORK TWP. — At least the Highland girls basketball players have a sense of humor.
During an interview following the Hornets’ 43-23 non-league win over Buckeye on Wednesday, small forward Haley Roddy pointed out her team’s brick-laying performance without solicitation.
“I don’t even know what our percentage was,” she said. “It was so bad.”
When informed it was a less-than-sparkling .222 (16-for-72) that was increased significantly by a 9-for-15 fourth quarter, Roddy cringed, almost fell over in disbelief and began giggling.
“Oh, my gosh,” she said. “Don’t put that in the paper.”
Four days after committing 29 turnovers in a win at Strongsville, Highland (2-0) blew out the Bucks (0-1) despite shooting 2-for-42 over the second and third quarters. Even more amazing, Buckeye was 0-for-28 as the Hornets took a small lead by outscoring the Bucks 9-1 during the span.
For the record, that’s a combined 2-for-70 over 16 minutes, and it included an 0-for-35 performance in the third quarter, which Highland won 3-0, much to its own amusement.
“We just keep working hard,” center Mallory Adams said. “When we make mistakes, we just get right back at it and keep playing. We don’t let it get to our heads.
“It was bad. I was so mad, but in the (fourth quarter), our shots starting falling.”
Holding what felt like an insurmountable 20-15 lead after three quarters, the Hornets incredibly caught fire with six straight field goals, including two apiece by Adams and Roddy (game-high 11 points), to go up 32-17.
Paramount in the game-deciding run was transition offense, as AnnMarie Kirchner (8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) had three assists and Anna Rose Wiencek (7 rebounds, 4 assists) added two.
“When we do make our shots, we should be blowing people out of the water,” Roddy said.
Meanwhile, Buckeye coach Randy Haury was in disbelief after watching his team go without a field goal for 18 minutes yet still be in a two-possession game at the end of the third quarter.
Leading 14-11 going into the second period, the Bucks, who received a big game from center Jessica Banas (12 rebounds, 7 blocks, 5 assists), missed 31 straight shots before Hannah Hartley canned a driving layup with 6:08 left in the game to make it 26-17 Highland.
By that time, it was way too little, way too late.
“We probably missed 10 layups on the night — 10 easy shots,” said Haury, whose team finished 8-for-56 from the floor, including 1-for-14 from 3-point range. “Give Highland some credit. Their defensive pressure was tremendous.”
Highland won the junior varsity game 21-18 behind 12 points from Malorie Bush. Kayla Glancy had seven points for the Bucks.
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