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Prep boys' basketball: Highland fends off Woods Cross

Published January 19, 2013 3:58 pm

Divver's second-half scoring helps Highland gain separation in fourth.
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Highland guard David Divver couldn't find his shot, wasn't knocking down the open looks.

But he threw in an off-balance 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter that broke a tie with visiting Woods Cross and ignited a rally that gave the Rams a 55-46 Region 6 victory Friday night.

"It was just nice to actually see the ball go through the basket," Divver said. "That gave me a little confidence."

Divver hit another 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter, and the senior scored 15 of his game-high 18 points after halftime to help Highland (10-5, 3-0) win its fifth straight.

The back-to-back 3s started an 8-2 run to finally put some distance between the teams. The Wildcats (9-5, 1-2) led 20-19 at halftime, and neither team led by more than six points until the final two minutes.

"Our offense was a little stagnant, but we started cutting more and getting some open looks," Divver said. "Early in the season, we lost games because I felt like the effort wasn't there. Tonight, the effort was there. This was a big win for us."

Highland's top two scorers, Divver and Riley Tucker, combined for six points entering the third quarter. Divver, who made just two of his first nine from the field, scored eight points in the third quarter. Tucker scored 10 in the second half to finish with 13.

"We're not there yet," Highland coach Keith West said. "We've got a big one next week [against East]. We're still a work in progress. We gave good effort tonight, and when kids give good effort, you have a chance to win."

Mikey Jacobsen and Luke Jowers each scored 11 points for the Wildcats, who hung close down the stretch but failed to convert chances after missed Ram free throws.

Highland shot just 8 of 16 from the free-throw line in the final quarter. —

Highland 55, Woods Cross 46

R Highland senior David Divver scores 18 points, 15 of which come in the second half.

• The Rams now own a five-game winning streak and are undefeated in region play.