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Highland Park boys run win streak to six games with 57-50 road win

By Rick Peterson

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Highland Park's boys basketball team ran its winning streak to six games Monday night, rallying for a 57-50 Centennial League win at Emporia.

The Scots, who improved to 9-5 overall and 8-3 in the league, trailed 24-17 at the half after a 15-4 second quarter by Emporia, but Highland Park outscored the Spartans 40-26 in the second half.

Highland Park used an 18-8 third quarter to take a 35-32 advantage into the fourth quarter and outscored Emporia 22-18 the rest of the way.

Senior CJ Powell and junior Juan'Tario Roberts led the Scots with 19 points apiece while senior MuKhajhae Daniels added 11 points, including a 9 of 16 performance at the free throw line as Highland Park hit 23 of 36 attempts.

Senior Charles Snyder led Emporia (7-8, 4-7) with 13 points.

EMPORIA GIRLS 81, HIGHLAND PARK 6

Highland Park, playing without junior standout Aisya Taylor, was no match for Emporia, which outscored the Scots 29-2 in the first quarter and 47-2 in the first half on the way to Monday's 81-6 win.

The Scots only had five available players and had one player fould out. Senior Isabella Carter scored 6 points for Highland Park, which fell to 0-11 overall and 0-10 in the Centennial League.

Junior Gracie Gilpin led Emporia (9-6, 6-4) with 20 points.

EMPORIA GIRLS 81, HIGHLAND PARK 6

Highland Park 2 0 1 3 -- 6

Emporia 29 18 20 10 -- 81

Highland Park (0-11, 0-10) -- Labrador 0 0-0 0, Austin 0 0-0 0, Carter 2 1-2 6, Johnson 0 0-2 0, Shutts 0 0-0 0. Totals 2 1-4 6.

Emporia (9-6, 6-4) -- Gilpin 7 2-2 20, Christensen 0 1-2 1, Adams 3 0-0 7, Baker 2 0-0 5, Snyder 8 0-1 16, Kirmer 4 0-0 9, Cooper 2 0-0 4, Peak 3 2-2 8, Stewart 1 0-0 2, Wiltz 2 0-0 4, Gutierrez 0 0-0 0, Garcia 2 1-4 5. Totals 33 6-11 81.

3-point goals -- Highland Park 1 (Carter), Emporia 7 (Gilpin 4, Kirmer, Adams, Baker). Total fouls -- Highland Park 9, Emporia 5. Fouled out -- Johnson.

HIGHLAND PARK BOYS 57, EMPORIA 50

Highland Park 13 4 18 22 -- 57

Emporia 9 15 8 18 -- 50

Highland Park (9-5, 8-3) -- Peppers 0 2-4 2, Powell 7 4-6 19, Prosper 0 0-2 0, Kingcannon 2 0-0 6, Roberts 4 8-8 19, Daniels 1 9-16 11, Richardson 0 0-0 0, Simms 0 0-0 0, Flores 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 23-36 57.

Emporia ( ) -- Kirmer 0 0-0 0, Ortega 2 0-2 5, Gilpin 4 3-3 12, Hines 5 0-0 11, Snyder 6 1-2 13, Stewart 0 0-0 0, Leeds 3 2-3 9. Totals 20 6-10 50.

3-point goals -- Highland Park 6 (Roberts 3, Kingcannon 2, Powell), Emporia 4  (Hines, Ortega, Gilpin, Leeds). Total fouls -- Highland Park 16, Emporia 28. Fouled out -- Kirmer, Gilpin.