“We talked all week about staying focused,” Heights coach Chad Ballenger said. “We did start our seniors and gave opportunities to guys who aren’t normally in the starting lineup. They deserved it, and I thought they did a great job, but we didn’t have any momentum with that group, really. There was so much going on and it was tough to stay focused, but I thought we regrouped and really did a great job.
“I thought our defensive effort was really good, and that’s what we hang out hats on.”
Taylor senior Calvin Wheeler scored 10 points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to spark a 12-4 Titans run, pulling the visitors within 61-42, but the damage had been done.
Wheeler finished with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Cole Schroeder added nine points for the Titans, including a buzzer-beating trey to end the third quarter, while Mitchell finished with six points and five boards.
Ten of 12 Huskies who saw the floor wound up in the scoring column, led by 16 points each from Hunter Crist and Garrett Paull. Paull, who came off the bench, added eight rebounds and had three of the Huskies’ 11 steals. Bo O’Laughlin added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds in the win for HH.
With the victory, Heights needs wins at Eastern Wednesday and at home against Peru Friday to finish off an unblemished conference run. The Huskies won the MIC with a 6-1 record last season, while Western, Maconaquah and Peru each finished 5-2 in league play last season.
FINAL Taylor 45 Hamilton Hts. 68 Tonight: Taylor hosts Carroll