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HHS girls beat Black Eagles 58-42

January 30, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON - Huntington High entered its girls basketball game Monday versus South Charleston looking for its fourth consecutive win.

The Highlanders got it at home, 58-42, with sophomore guard Alezha Turner scoring 17 points in the first half and finishing with 25 total. Turner’s performance sparked Huntington High to a 19-3 first-quarter lead that extended to a 32-12 lead at halftime.

“I think we’ve come a long way as a team honestly because we went from losing and losing and losing and now we’re on our four-game winning streak,” Turner said. “Everybody has put us down since the beginning of the season and we want to show them we’re better than that.”

After consecutive wins over Woodrow Wilson, Capital, University and South Charleston, the Class AAA defending state champion Highlanders are 5-9 overall and 4-5 in the Mountain State Athletic Conference.

South Charleston fell to 6-10, 2-6, despite getting a 20-point game from freshman guard Maliha Witten and the inside play of junior center Lashae Watts who reached double digits with 13 points.

The Black Eagles trailed by 23 points with 2:59 in the first half and cut the deficit to 12 with 3:50 to go in the game.

“Whenever they started pressing us was when we lost control,” Turner said. “Their press was good.”

Huntington High jumped to its big first half lead thanks in part to seven first-quarter turnovers forced by the Black Eagles.

South Charleston turned the tables on Huntington High in the second half with its defensive pressure that forced the Highlanders into 12 of their 17 turnovers.

Huntington coach Lonnie Lucas pointed to the Highlanders 10-11 foul shooting in the fourth period that sealed the win.

Watts fouled out with 1:53 remaining in the game after making contact with Huntington High freshman guard LaTahia Jackson, who scored on the play, with 1:53 remaining. That basket was the first of three consecutive field goals by Jackson that rebuilt the Highlanders’ lead back to 19 points with 45 seconds to go.

“We’re playing a little bit better,” Lucas said. “We didn’t play as sharp tonight as we did Saturday. We’re making our foul shots and still making a lot of mistakes, turnovers, that we shouldn’t be making. Turner has picked up her play. She’s just feeling more comfortable. She got trapped a few times tonight, but she didn’t get frustrated.

Next up for Huntington High is Wednesday home game with the Cabell Midland Knights who dealt the Highlanders their last defeat in Ona on Jan. 22, 55-42.

SOUTH CHARLESTON 3 9 13 17 -- 42: Witten 20, Potter 7, Terry 2, Watts 13.

HUNTINGTON HIGH 19 13 9 17 -- 58: Turner 25, Wooding 7, Jackson 16, Slash 4, Michallas 4, Goodson 2.