The First Presbyterian Highlanders played the Coastal Homeschool Hurricanes Friday in Bloomingdale.
Cassandra Ruff scored 17 points for the night. Cecilia Graham added 8 and Mary Kathryn Whitney had 6. Jelissa Estrada sank 2 points. The Lady Highlanders are at 4-2 for the season.
The Highlanders won 71-57. FPCA had an early 23-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Hurricanes battled back and kept the game competitive, briefly taking a one point lead in the third quarter.
However, the depth of the Highlanders was too much for the Hurricanes to overcome. Superior conditioning and experience allowed the Highlanders to pull away from the Hurricanes in the fourth quarter when they scored 25 points, according to coach Shane Smith.
“Simon Steele’s defense in the fourth quarter was the turning point in the game,” Smith said. “He is one of our best defensive players and is always active on defense. That paid off for us down the stretch when he created several turnovers we capitalized on.”
Junior Khalyn Weekley posted 30 points in the match up.
“Weekley has been consistent in the scoring department this season. He gave us the boost we needed last night to pull ahead,” the coach said. “When we are having a rough night as a team, Khalyn comes through for us.”
The Highlanders are currently 8-3 for the season. The FPCA varsity teams will start region play on Tuesday against Citizens Christian Academy in Douglas.
FPCA JV was edged out 43-40 in a tight contest. Coached by David Linderman, the JV Highlanders were led by Sensier Carnes with 11 points. Alfred Martin chipped in 10. Marcus Williams and Palmer Whitney each contributed 6 points. Philip McGowan had 4 and Robert McCray added 3.
Coached by Rosby Frasier and Lee Christensen, the Lady ’Landers beat the Hurricanes 35-10.