Highland boys, Roscoe girls 2nd at Hilltop Classic

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

HIGHLAND — After getting wins on Friday to reach the championship finals, the host Highland boys and Roscoe girls fell short in their title games Saturday at the Hilltop Classic.
Highland (6-1) rallied late but lost, 45-37, to Hawley in the boys title contest.
Sam Spaulding scored 16 points to lead Highland, which trailed by 11 (37-26) entering the fourth quarter and couldn’t make up the deficit despite an 11-8 edge in the final stanza.
Highland led 11-8 after the first quarter, but trailed 23-17 at halftime after being outscored 15-6 in the period. Also scoring were Eli Sauer with seven, Jordan Johns with six, Jacob Hamilton with four, Dakota Bowen with three and Nolan Montgomery with one.
Highland defeated Veribest 36-24 in Friday’s semifinals and crushed TLCA 74-6 in its opening game.
Roscoe’s girls (5-3) lost in their title game, 64-48, on Saturday to Westbrook.
Roscoe was led by Bonnie Wilkinson’s 19 points while Victoria Martinez had 14.
Sadie McCambridge had five, Shauna McCambridge and Jovana Pena four and Riley Sheridan two.
Roscoe reached the finals by beating Highland 74-39 in Friday’s semifinal.
Highland rebounded in Saturday’s third-place game to beat Sterling City 44-36 as London Garrett had 20 points. Also scoring were Gracie Rawlings with eight, Kenady Hall with five, Zoe Cornett and Emilee Turner with four and Kendra Baucom with three.
Highland led 14-2 after the first quarter as the Lady Hornets ran their record to 6-3 for the season.
Roscoe’s boys (1-3) fell in their consolation final on Saturday to Westbrook by a score of 50-45.
Caleb Gray had 12 points, Brandon Lavalais 11, Hunter Anglin and Jayden Gonzales six, Ryan Highsmith and Junior Martinez three and Tristan Baker and Barrett Beal two. Roscoe was tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter but trailed by 10, 24-14, at halftime and fell short despite winning the third quarter 17-10.
Veribest won Saturday’s third-place boys game by forfeit when Sterling City cancelled, and the Veribest girls won the consolation title by defeating Hawley 44-25 on Saturday.