Thunderbirds Soar Past Penguins
Shooting and Defense Sparks Highline
Jan. 28 - In a game with playoff
intensity, Kayly Ivy and Allie
Weathersby each scored 16 points and
Ionna Price added 15 points and 11
rebounds as Highline may have played its
best half of basketball all year in
defeating the visiting Clark Penguins
69-59 (stats.) With their fifth win in
six games, the Thunderbirds are now 6-2
in the NWAC West Division and 12-9 for
the season. Taylor Howlett of Clark led
all scorers with 21 points.
The first half of the game was very
even, with Highline breaking out to an
early 10-1 lead, then Clark with its
deliberate offense forging ahead with a
run of its own, and the half ending with
the Penguins with a 27-26 lead. It was
the second half, in which the
Thunderbirds shot 60 % (15-25) from the
field and forced numerous Clark
turnovers, that led the T-Birds to
slowly start pulling away with five
minutes left to play, sparked by
consecutive three-pointers by Weathersby
and Jasmyne Holmes and a layup by Price.
Clark could get no closer than five
points before Highline secured the win
with clutch free throw shooting and
avoiding turnovers of its own.
Highline next travels to Pierce College
on Jan. 31 to take on the Raiders,
before returning home on Feb. 4 to take
on Lower Columbia.
Bad Shooting, Bad Results
Poor Second Half Does in
28- Basketball can
be a very ugly game, especially when
your shots aren’t falling and your
opponents are making theirs.
Such was the case for
Highline in a 95-73 (stats)
at home to the co-division leaders
Clark College Penguins.
After an evenly played first
half, the second half saw the
Penguins shooting 68% from the field
while the Thunderbirds went
scoreless for almost ten minutes,
leading to their being outscored by
20 points in the final twenty
Ben Tucakovic, with 18 points
and 12 rebounds, led Highline while
Bryan Berg (24 points) and Hayden
Hall (20 points) led Clark.
With the loss, Highline is 14-6 for the season and 6-2 in the NWAC Division one game behind the division leading Penguins.
Highline next travels to Pierce College on Jan. 31 to take on the Raiders, before returning home on Feb. 4 to take on Lower Columbia.
(Report by Wrestling Head Coach Scott Norton)
Jan. 25 -
This past Sunday we competed in Portland. Our guys wrestled well. Highline was led by 3rd ranked Ben Tynan and redshirt freshman Elias Mason.
Ben knocked off the #1 ranked wrestler in the nation by fall. As I've said before, I think he will be a National Champion by March, but he is going to need to be very focused each match, and wrestle hard for all 7 minutes. He now has a big bulls-eye on his back.
Elias did a great job. He has moved up to 197 from 174. This was his first tournament this year. He fell to the NIC entrant at 197 pounder in the finals 3-0.
We also had Josh Wessels finish 5th at 197. He has worked hard to get bigger to try to wrestle at 197 for the Regional tournament. He did a solid job this weekend and went deep into the tournament.
One of the brighter spots was Tyler Noon at 165. He knocked off Jordan Cooks from NIC who beat him two days previously, and is currently ranked #3 at 174. Tyler may have sent him back to 174. Noon made it to the semi-finals where he was defeated by Dajoor Reece who is currently the #2 wrestler in the nation.
Unfortunately, in his next match he was out in front of it, when he tweaked his knee in a match against a wrestler from SOCC. The injury forced him out of the tournament. However, he had a great showing this weekend.
Our next meet will be at North Idaho for the Region 18 tournament. The top 4 finishers qualify for the national tournament.
Harold Lee drives against Aaron Holiday (13) of Green River. Lee would miss the shot but draw the foul.
Dialing Long Distance
GAbby Evans with the right wing jumper in front of the Highline bench.
(bold - home meets)
Jan. 25 Clackamas Open
Jan. 31 SWOOC Dual
Feb. 13 Region 18 Championships
Feb. 27 NJCAA National Championships
Feb. 28 NJCAA National Championships
Apr. 11 Wrestling Banquet
(vs - home @ - away)
Jan. 24 5pm @Green River
Jan. 28 8pm
vs. Lower Columbia
Feb. 7 2pm
Feb. 11 8pm
Feb. 14 2pm
Feb. 21 2pm
vs. S. Puget Sound
Feb. 25 8pm
vs. Green River
Feb. 28 3pm
(vs - home @ - away)
Jan.24 3pm @ Green River
Jan.31 5pm@ Pierce
Feb.4 6pm vs.Lower Columbia
Feb.7 12pm @ Tacoma
Feb.11 6pm @ Grays Harbor
Feb.14 12pm vs.Centralia
Feb. 21 12pmvs.S.Puget Sound
Feb. 25 6pm vs.Green River
Feb. 28 1pm@ Clark