Playoff season begins for Highland’s teams Friday

February 14, 2013

Pictured in no particular order are Kailee Hall, Hannah Allen, Madison Moseley, Tarin Weldy, Sydny Helbert, Taylar Hammond, Beth Richburg, Kaylee Martin, Sierra Allen, Lora Stewart, Morgan Monroe, Stephanie Ashford, Kelsi Johns, Bailey Garrett, Sabrina Romero, Summer Huizar, Hannah Kirby and Schyler Kimbrell. Shea Baucom is the Lady Hornets’ head coach and Brandye Wilson serves as assistant coach, with Cheyanna Petty and Shelby Reyes the team managers. (Submitted Photo)

The playoff season will get started for Highland’s basketball teams on Friday.
Technically, the Highland girls (27-4) — who ended the regular season Feb. 5 as District 13-A, Division II champions with a perfect 10-0 mark — will have the only playoff game. The Lady Hornets take on Zephyr in the area playoffs at Clyde with tip-off set for 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Highland boys make a much shorter trip today — to Roscoe —to play a district tiebreaker game against Hermleigh that will start at 4 p.m.
Highland and Hermleigh ended the season Tuesday with identical 7-3 records in District 13-A, Div. II, tying them for second place with Ira as champion. Friday’s game will determine play-off seeding with the winner going as the No. 2 seed and the loser as the No. 3 seed.
Highland and Hermleigh split in their two previous meetings. Hermleigh won the first game, 39-36, and Highland was a 37-31 winner in the rematch. Highland was in second place alone until Tuesday’s 60-27 loss to Ira, which dropped them into a second-place tie.
Highland’s girls, making their 12th straight playoff appearance, lost to Valley in a playoff warmup game on Saturday after going unde-feated in district play.
Despite the Lady Hornets’ 54-47 loss, they will be fav-ored to defeat a Zephyr squad that is 13-17 overall.
Highland trailed Valley 16-5 after the first quarter, but by just one point at the end of the next two periods.
Sierra Allen has been the top scorer for Highland this season with a 19.4 average, plus 7.6 rebounds. Other top players are Beth Richburg (8.3 points, 5.8 rebounds), Hannah Allen (7.3 points plus team-high 86 steals), Sydny Helbert (4.5 points, 6.6 rebounds), Madison Moseley (4.4 points), Schy-ler Kimbrell (3.4 points), Kaylee Martin (3.3), Lora Stewart (3.3), Stephanie Ashford (2.5) and Morgan Monroe (1.5).

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