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Highlanders win No. 43
Highlander Jordan Johnson bats the ball away from opponents’s grasps in a gams against Faith Baptist earlier this season. Johnson is among two Highlanders who are ranked in the top 50 in Georgia among leading scorers. The other is Highlander AJ Ansley. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Orangeburg Prep proved to be no match for the Highlanders of First Presbyterian Tuesday night. The Hinesville boys took win No. 43 and their second win at the Sweet 16 Tournament in South Carolina by 45 points winning 90-45.
Before the game, first-year Highlander coach David Jones said his team might have an advantage over Orange Prep and anticipated the biggest challenge in the Tournament would come Wednesday night against Lancaster High School.
Assistant coach David Linderman agreed, saying, “Win No. 44 is going to be a tough one.”
Lancaster was  looking to put an end to the 13-0 Highlander squad, who are ranked fourth in the state on
The 7-2 Bruins, fresh off a 71-41 win over Orangeburg Prep on Monday, are tall and athletic according to Jones who said the Bruins were capable of maintaining the press and handle the ball well. had the Lancaster squad ranked 27th in South Carolina and Bruins coach Ricardo Priester told reporters of the Lancaster News ,  “We’ve got 13 guys that can contribute at any time. We don’t even teach subs. We’ve got 13 starters, but only five can start at one time. So, we prepare our guys mentally every day to be able to step up and execute when their time is called.”
The Highlanders are deep at the bench as well with AJ Ansley, Jordan Johnson and DJ Felder leading the Highlanders in scoring with 15.2, 14.6 and 11.4 points per game, respectively.
In fact Ansley is ranked 41st in the state for scoring, making 65 of 130 for a season total 167 and ranked at 46 is Johnson hitting 57 of 95 for a season total of 161.
Due to early holiday deadlines the scores from Wednesday’s game against Lancaster were not available for today’s paper. They were to be posted on the Courier’s sports Web-site as soon as they become available. The full story and coaches’ comments will be in an upcoming edition.
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