Highland splits wins with Westside
Westside Warriors defeat Highland Rebels 67-47
On Jan. 31, the Westside Warriors defeated the Highland Rebels in a conference game at Highland 67-47.
The Warriors took a 14-8 lead into the second quarter. In the first quarter, the Warriors’ Riley Felkins, likely one of the best players in the state in the classification, scored a pair of two-points baskets and made five free throws, had a pair of defensive rebounds and a steal. Adonis Thomas added a three-point basket with an assist from Felkins. For the Rebels, Cade Lewis hit a pair of threes from long range, and Joel Hoppe pulled down rebounds and scored a basket on a put back.
The Warriors extended the lead to 15 points at halftime (34-19). Felkins, who ended the first half with 20 points, had a layup, six free throws as he was fouled on drives, and he it a three near the buzzer to end the half. Thomas hit another three for Westside. Kessler Mack had an active second quarter for the Warriors as he made two layups, one with an assist from Felkins who made a “no-look pass” to him, a mid-range jumper, and Mack pulled down four defensive rebounds. Andrew Laird blocked a shot for the Warriors. For the Rebels, Nate Kulcyzcki hit a long-range three, Camden Rhodes had a pair of baskets on a layup and a jump shot and Hoppe continued to rebound and scored a basket on a layup.
The Warriors led 49-31 at the end of the third quarter. Felkins was held to three points in the third quarter as he made a three, Spencer Honeycutt had a three and a free throw and Mack rebounded, had a put back off one of the rebounds, a free throw and a long-range three. For Highland, Rhodes had three defensive rebounds including one he took down court for a layup. Nate Kulcyzcki hit a three from the corner for the Rebels.
Felkins spent much of the fourth quarter camped out at the free throw line for the Warriors. He connected on seven straight free throws, and he added two layups. Laird blocked a shot and pulled down three defensive rebounds. For the Rebels, Rhodes hit a pair of jump shots, Kulczycki added a layup and a three. Lewis had a three, and Colt Throckmorten hit a short jump shot for the Rebels.
Cade Lewis led Highland in scoring with 14 points. Camden Rhodes had 12 points and Nate Kulcyzcki added 11.
Westside’s Riley Felkins led all scorers with 36 points for the game, and Kessler Mack had 16 for the Warriors.
Lady Rebels defeat Lady Warrior 39-32
At the end of a low-scoring first quarter, the Lady Warriors held a two-point lead 9-7. Likely, turnovers contributed to the low score as the Lady Rebels committed six, and the Lady Warriors had four. For the Lady Warriors, Faith Whitmire was active for Westside on the backboards with an offensive rebound and three on defense. Bailey Willis made a layup and a free throw for Westside. For Highland, Bailee Duhme had a three-point basket and a layup with an assist from Macy Qualls, a steal and a defensive rebound.
The Lady Rebels took a one-point lead into the halftime break (18-17). For Highland, in the second quarter, Duhme had three defensive rebounds and a pair of free throws. Abby Dietsche hit a turnaround jump shot, a layup, a pair of free throws, a defensive rebound and a blocked shot. Qualls had three offensive rebounds and one defensive in the second quarter. Kirsten Medlock had a pair of rebounds and a put back off one of them. For the Warriors, Baile Rogers had a pair of steals, one of which resulted in a layup and another layup.
The Lady Rebels held on to the one-point lead at the end of the third quarter (27-26). Highland’s Dietsche was making jump shots as she hit three of them in the quarter. Dietsche also blocked a pair of shots. Qualls had a pair of defensive rebounds and a layup in the third quarter. For the Lady Warriors, Daxton Engle had three rebounds, a steal and a two-point jump shot. Laynee Montgomery hit a “runner” and made a jump shot to contribute four points in the third quarter.
The Lady Rebels had a productive fourth quarter to make the final margin seven points. Highland spent quite a bit of time at the free throw line as the team hit eight of fourteen in the fourth quarter. Dietsche had a pair of steals and hit three free throws. Duhme added three free throws. Qualls had a layup and a free throw and rebounded. Kesler Engle and Daxton Engle each collected several rebounds for the Lady Warriors.
Abby Dietsche was the leading scorer for Highland with 16 points. Bailey Willis led Westside with 13 points.