No. 3 Highland rolls; ’Hounds at KCK tonight

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Third-ranked Highland defeated Fort Scott Community College’s women for the 15th consecutive time Saturday afternoon, taking the Jayhawk Conference and regular-season finale at Arnold Arena, 88-55.

The Greyhounds (0-8 division, 2-8 Region VI, 12-15 overall) will be the No 5 seed in the post-season tournament, which begins tonight with a first-round road game at No. 4 Kansas City Kansas (2-6, 4-6, 20-10). The ’Hounds and sixth-seeded Hesston (0-10 region, 11-18 overall) were the only two teams in the region that have not won at least 20 games.

Highland (8-0, 10-0, 30-0) jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led 19-4 after seven minutes. It was 22-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Greyhounds showed some fight. Despite a second-quarter run that saw the Scotties extend their lead to 33-12 with 6:08 to go, Fort Scott went on a bit of a run of its own and got within 37-22 with 1:39 to go on a basket by Kristen Davis.

Of the things that hurt the Greyhound effort, ball control caused the most harm. At halftime, Fort Scott had turned the ball over 24 times to just 7 for Highland. The ’Hounds finished the game with 38 miscues. Each one of Highland’s 11 players finished the game with at least one of the Scotties’ 26 steals.

The Greyhounds got within 56-41 with 2:45 left in the third on a stickback basket by Cameron Wilson. But they didn’t score another field goal the rest of the period as Highland went on a 11-3 run.

Akiarra Clark hit a 3-point shot for Fort Scott to start the second quarter. But Highland, still up 67-47, scored the next 10 and 14 of the next 16 to make it 81-49 with four minutes to go.

Clark finished with 19 points to lead the ’Hounds while Jade Winter added 10. Fort Scott shot 40 percent from the field, making 19 of 47 field-goal attempts.

Highland was led by Brazilian Mariana De Carvalho, the conference’s leading scorer, who finished with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 10 rebounds. Stefania Chizane added 13 points for the Scotties, who shot 41 percent on 31 of 75.

Highland, which has won 35 consecutive games in the regular season, draws a first-round by in the Region VI Tournament along with Labette (5-3, 7-3, 23-5), which won a tie-breaker with Johnson County. The Cavaliers (5-3, 7-3, 23-7) will host Hesston in tonight’s other first-round game.

Highland awaits the Fort Scott-Kansas City winner for a Saturday semifinals, which will tip off at 1 p.m. The Hesston-Johnson County winner will face Labette at Parsons on Saturday.

The Region VI championship game will tip off at 1 p.m. March 7 at Hartman Arena in Park City. All Division II and Division I title games will be played there that day.


HIGHLAND: Tidwell 3-9 0-6 6, De Carvalho 9-12 4-6 24, Lemon 3-7 2-4 8, Burgess 3-11 0-0 9, Ramalho 2-13 2-2 7, Whote 1-3 4-6 7, Victor 2-3 0-0 4, Brinlee 3-6 1-2 8, Purnell 0-2 0-0 0, Chiziane 4-7 3-4 13, Alcantara 1-2 0-0 2. TOTALS: 31-75 16-30 88

FORT SCOTT: Perry 0-3 2-2 2, Davis 2-4 0-0 4, Wilson 2-5 0-0 4, Miller 1-4 3-4 5, Clark 7-13 0-0 19, Winter 2-8 5-6 10, Harper 1-3 0-0 2, Kelley 3-6 0-0 6, McKenzie 1-1 1-2 3. TOTALS: 19-47 11-14 55.

Highland.................... 22 21 24 21 — 88

Fort Scott................... 9 16 19 11 — 55

Three-point field goals: Highland 10-35 (Burgess 3-9, De Carvalho 2-4, Chiziane 2-4, Brinlee 1-1, White 1-3, Ramalho 1-8, Tidwell 0-1, Purnell 0-1, Lemon 0-4).

Total fouls: Highland 18, Fort Scott 27. Fouled out: Perry, Winter. Technical fouls: Tidwell, Perry, Clark.

Rebounds: Highland 37 (De Carvalho 10), Fort Scott 41 (Davis 6, McKenzie 6). Assists: Highland 12 (Tidwell 4), Fort Scott 9 (Perry 2, Winter 2). Turnovers: Highland 12, Fort Scott 38. Steals: Highland 26 (Tidwell 6), Fort Scott 9 (Perry 3). Blocked shots: Fort Scott 2 (Miller, McKenzie), Highland 1 (Brinlee).