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February 22, 2014

MIC-leading Heights surges past Taylor

Huskies outscore Titans 47-20 in middle quarters

ARCARDIA — With all the distractions associated with senior night at Hamilton Heights Friday, Taylor’s boys basketball squad appeared primed to give the hosts a run for their money.

The Mid-Indiana Conference-leading Huskies started a non-conventional lineup, and the Titans took advantage, playing Heights even for the first 12 minutes.

The Huskies went to a different gear in the blink of an eye however, igniting a 30-5 run over the next eight minutes, making the sluggish start a distant memory in a 68-45 victory over the Titans.

Heights (14-3, 5-0 MIC) turned the ball over 11 times in the first 12 minutes, allowing Taylor to avoid the Huskies’ full-court pressure for much of the early going. The Huskies went back to their normal rotation and turned the tide after that, as 12 of the Titans’ 18 turnovers came in the middle quarters.

“We just have to be able to do a better job of keeping our composure against a team like Heights,” Taylor coach Andy Lewman said. “You can’t have close to 20 turnovers and have a situation where you’re going to be in the hunt. We have to make sure we’re doing a better job of taking care of the ball against pressure. The middle two quarters hurt us in terms of decision-making on offense and giving up buckets in transition.”

A Latrell Mitchell putback pulled Taylor even at 17-17 with 4:33 to go in the first half after the squads played to a 10-10 tie at the first stop. With its conventional rotation back in the fold, Heights finished the first half on a 16-4 run to jump ahead 33-21 at the half.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Jadon White and Conley Hoover finished off the Huskies’ 14-1 run to start the third quarter, giving Heights a 47-22 lead. The lead swelled to as much as 30 once the flood gates opened, and Heights settled for a 57-30 advantage headed into the fourth quarter.

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