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Midland girls defeat HHS

January 23, 2018 GMT

ONA - They waited a week to play because of winter weather, and Cabell Midland and Huntington High finally met Monday night in their girls basketball rivalry.

Cabell Midland won at home, 55-42. The Knights remained undefeated in the Mountain State Athletic Conference with a 6-0 record and are 12-2 for the season with a Tuesday conference game at Parkersburg.

Senior Faith Craddock led the Knights with a double-double performance against a team she looked forward to beating.

“It built some suspense for us,” said Craddock who recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds. “Tonight we came out and really wanted it so we took it.”

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In addition to Craddock’s play, Gracie Hightower coming off the bench to score 15 was another key. Hightower scored seven of those in the second period when the Knights were building their lead.

But, the defending Class AAA state champion Highlanders did not surrender their county bragging rights easily.

Cabell Midland scored the first seven points of the contest before Huntington High rallied to take a 12-11 lead at the end of the first period. Both teams played scrappy defense, forcing each other into turnovers and mounting up personal fouls until the Knights began to break away in the second quarter.

In the second half, the Knights’ defense stepped up the intensity. Huntington High point guard Aleza Turner scored at 5:50 and the Highlanders didn’t score again until a sophomore center Madison Slash basket with 10 seconds left in the period. The Knights had a 20-point lead until Slash’s field goal.

The Knights contained Slash offensively, denying her the easy entry passes under the basket for easy points and limited her second-chance points.

Cabell Midland didn’t score after the 4:12 mark of the fourth period, but only allowed seven points by Huntington High over the final four minutes to close out the win.

“It’s a rivalry game,” Cabell Midland head coach Matt Adkins said. “You know both teams are going to play their best.”

Adkins said his coaching staff is looking forward to and prepared for the Tuesday matchup with the Big Reds.

“There’s a lot on the line,” he said. “If you can’t get up for this game then you shouldn’t lace your shoes up and play tomorrow.”

Huntington High dropped to 1-9 overall and 1-5 in the MSAC as their rebuilding year continues. Turner picked up the Highlander offense with 15 points.

Head coach Lonnie Lucas said the Highlanders are much improved from the beginning of the season. They have kept a good work ethic and good attitude, he said.

Huntington High returns to the court Tuesday at Beckley Woodrow Wilson.

HUNTINGTON HIGH 12 9 6 15 42: Turner 15, Jackson 7, Slash 8, Michallas 6, Goodson 6.

CABELL MIDLAND 11 20 22 13 55: Bennett 11, Craddock 20, Womack 1, Hightower 12, Kingery 6, Waugh 5.

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