Mykell Robinson scored 29 points as Hightower overcame a halftime deficit to beat Kempner 61-47.
The Cougars, playing at home, used Josh Ogunlade’s eight points to jump to a 21-14 first quarter lead. Jacoby Cherry took over in the second quarter, scoring seven points to help Kempner maintain a halftime lead of 32-27. Robinson kept the Hurricanes in the game as he scored 16 of their 27 first half points.
“I challenged them at halftime,” Hightower coach Stephen Woods said. “We knew Kempner would be emotional to start the game because they were playing on their home court. I told them that they had had their run, now it was our time.”
The Hurricanes responded to the halftime talk as they went on a 19-4 run in the third quarter. Robinson scored 10 and Merdarius Roberts had four for the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Cougars fouled to force the Hurricanes to win the game at the free throw line, and they did scoring 13 of their 15 fourth quarter points from the line. The Cougars came within 54-47 with a minute to go, but they couldn’t score anymore, and the game ended with Hightower on top 61-47.
“This was a good game for me. Last game, my shot was really off so this game, my coach told me to attack the basket, and I was able to make my shots,” Robinson said. “This puts us in a good position for the playoffs.”
“I felt we were a step slow in the first half. We had worked on defense the past two days and it paid off, it just took a half to get there. Good defense leads to good offense for us,” Coach Woods said. “We need to not let games like this get away from us as we want to make our last game with Bush a showdown.”
Bush leads District 20-6A with a 9-0 record, followed by Hightower at 7-2, Travis 6-3 and Ridge Point at 5-4.
Currently outside the playoff spots are Dulles at 3-6, Kempner at 3-7, Austin at 2-7 and Clements at 1-8.
In District 23-5A, Elkins is on top with a 10-2 record, followed by Shadow Creek and Texas City at 9-2 and Marshall at 8-4. Willowridge is at 1-8.