Highland’s boys lose heartbreaker to Munday, 40-38

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

MERKEL — Highland seemed to be on track to advance to the third round of the playoffs Friday after building a 13-point lead over Munday in the third quarter.
Unfortunately, the Hornets couldn’t complete the job after going ice cold from the field, and Munday rallied to win 40-38 by scoring 21 of the game’s last 27 points to shock Highland in the teams’ area playoff at Merkel High School.
The Hornets led 9-7 after one quarter and 21-19 at halftime over Munday be-fore launching an 11-0 run to start the third quarter for a 32-19 lead. But Munday came back to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter and held on for the win as Highland failed to come up with an answer.
Highland went on a 16-0 run starting in the second quarter that turned a 19-16 deficit into a double-digit lead. That surge was led by Eli Sauer, who hit a three-pointer to begin and end it and scored seven of his 16 points. Jacob Hamilton hit a layup to give Highland the lead, and Sam Spaulding and Nolan Mongomery scored during the big run as well.
Things were looking rosy at that point, but the Moguls had regained the lead with four minutes left and during that span, two Sauer field goals were it for the Hornets. He cut it to 39-38 to give the Hornets a chance to regain the lead in the last minute of play but Munday was able to close things out in a wild finish.
Highland (18-7) also got double-figure scoring from Hamilton (10 points), while Montgomery (seven), Spaulding (three) and Richard Fomby (two) had Highland’s other points.