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High School Basketball:
Highland's Defense Too Much For Clearview

Saturday, January 31, 2004

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

The last time these two Tri-County Conference Royal Division leaders met, Highland walked away with a seventeen-point victory in front of their home crowd. After that game, Clearview would win six of their next seven games to remain a game behind the division leading Lady Tartans. It would not make a difference for the visiting Tartans as they kept the pressure offensively and defensively against the Pioneers. Highland expanded their fourteen-point halftime lead to a 45-22 victory and extended their unbeaten streak to fourteen games. Lisa Steele led the Tartans with 21 points.

Clearview had their hands full finding a way to slow down Highland’s offense. Kristina Wallace and Mercedes Van Wagner did their best to find ways past the defense but were not too successful. Highland held Clearview to just eight first half points and just two points during the third quarter lone. The Tartans and Pioneers would pick up the scoring during the final quarter, but by that time Highland’s early lead was too much to overcome. Besides Steele’s game high points, Danielle Hemerka added 10 points for Highland. Clearview only had two players score in this game. Wallace led the Pioneers with 15 points and Wagner added 7 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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