Woods Cross • The postgame cheers could be heard out in the hall outside the visitor’s locker room.
Highland’s players did little to hide their excitement moments after turning in a dominant fourth-quarter effort to defeat Woods Cross 60-50 in a Region 6 contest Friday night.
The Rams (14-6, 7-1) held Woods Cross to one field goal over the final five minutes to secure second place in the region and keep pace with front-running Bountiful with two games remaining in the regular season.
"We work on coming together as a team, getting each other’s backs, getting charges, being there on the help side," Rams forward Todd Connolly said. "We were able to do that tonight. … This was a big one. It’s tough to get Woods Cross twice."
Connolly drew two charges in the final quarter and made one of Highland’s three 3-pointers during a 9-0 run that erased a halftime deficit and put the Rams ahead to stay.
Connolly, a senior, was 3 for 3 from 3-point range, scored a game-high 16 points and was one of four Rams to finish in double figures.
"That’s what I like, that’s what we want," Highland coach Keith West said about the balanced scoring. "We got guys who are all capable of that. With the offense we run, you don’t know where the shot’s coming from."
Riley Tucker had three 3s and 14 points, David Divver scored 13 points and Henry Morris had three 3s and 11 points for Highland, which trailed 27-22 at halftime.
Woods Cross (12-7, 4-4) committed three turnovers in a four-possession stretch as the lead slipped away late. Center Filipo Mokofisi had 13 points despite missing several minutes in a bizarre, bloody first-half sequence.
Highland’s Jennison Smith left the game with blood streaming from the back of his head, some of which soiled two of Mokofisi’s jerseys. The Woods Cross center wore three different jersey numbers in the half, but he played in a clean No. 20 after the break.
Highland won the first meeting 55-46 last month.
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