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  • Green wins nail-biter over Highland, 46-44

  • Erika Rector sunk two free throws with less than 10 seconds left in the game to help Green (2-2, 1-0) secure a 46-44 on the road against Highland Wednesday night.

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  • Erika Rector sunk two free throws with less than 10 seconds left in the game to help Green (2-2, 1-0) secure a 46-44 on the road against Highland Wednesday night.
    AnneMarie Kirchner and Haley Roddy each knocked down a pair of shots in the final quarter for Highland and gave them a 38-37 lead with 2:30 remaining, but Julia Guyton was fouled on Green's next possession and made one of her two free throws to tie the game.
    Then, after a defensive stop, Lexi Teodosio, who aggresively attacked the basket all night, was fouled on a drive with 1:44 left and split the pair of free throws to give Green a narrow 39-38 lead.
    Guyton then stepped in a passing lane near midcourt and stole a pass, getting fouled in the process. Highland was over the foul limit, so Guyton went to the line for two shots and split the pair to stretch Green's advantage to two points.
    Highland tied the game with two free throws, but the Bulldogs countered with two free throws of their own, one each by McKenzie Black and Madison Jackson to again give them a two-point lead. The lead didn't last long, as Highland’s Samantha Catron hit two free throws to tie the game at 42 with 30 seconds left.
    A Madison Jackson layup gave Green the led once more and in the biggest play down stretch, Catron was unable to inbound the ball at midcourt for Highland who had no timeouts left and thus turned the ball over with a five-second inbounding violation.
    Highland was then forced to foul upon Green inbounding the ball, and Rector calmly sunk the two free throws to ice the game and render the Hornets final bucket meaningless.
    Rector, a senior, was the Bulldogs’ star of the night, finishing with 17 points while also playing hard-nosed defense throughout the night. Teodosio added 10.
    “I'm probably the hardest on Erika out of everyone and she stepped up for the challenge tonight,” said Green coach Tracy Miller. “I called her out at practice a couple of times this week to be more of a leader, but she rose to the challenge and led us tonight.”
    The game was physical from the opening tip, and both teams had trouble finding consistency on offense. Defense and rebounding were critical, and Green excelled in both areas. The rebounding was especially surprising as the Hornets had a height advantage at every position, including two six-footers.
    “We were just scrappy,” Miller said. “We have to be scrappy. We know we're young, we know we're small and quick, but we did the fundamentals, you gotta box out.”
    Green's offensive rebounding allowed them to get multiple chances at points on a ton of possessions and ultimately led to them scoring with more consistency in the fourth quarter when the game started to open. Both teams scored more in the fourth than in the entire first half, where Highland held a narrow 16-15 lead.
    Page 2 of 2 - Freshman Jackson scored 10 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter, making clutch shot after clutch shot, rebounding and contesting every shot from the Hornets’ low post players. The coach believes she is just hitting the beginning of her potential.
    “She played eighth grade basketball last year, so it's going to take her maybe half the season, 10 games, to get up to her pace, but I’ve got a lot of confidence in Madison,” Miller said.
    Kirchner led Highland with eight points, and Catron and Jessica Peterlin each pitched in seven.
    Miller felt it was a big win confidence-wise for his young team, because getting a conference win on the road should help prepare them for the battles ahead.

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