By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
First-year Highland girls basketball coach Kyle Ellison learned a valuable lesson about his team Monday night.
The Cougars have poise.
After erasing a six-point third quarter deficit, Highland was unable to close out of the victory in regulation as Hannibal's Anasia Elder scored with 12 seconds remaining to force overtime. In overtime, however, the Cougars scored the first five points and left Korf Gym in Hannibal with a 63-54 victory.
"We picked up the pressure in the fourth quarter and were getting some shots to fall," Ellison said.
Highland held the lead with 12 second left in regualtion when Hannibal's Anasia Elder hit a shot to tie the game.
In overtime, Highland's Sydney Luttrull scored the first five points, and the Cougars made 4 of 6 free throws to ice the game. Hannibal scored only four points in overtime.
Ashlynn Lay scored a game-high 20 points for Highland, while Luttrull and Casey Hinkle each scored 11. Sydney Bennett and Elder each scored 14 points to lead Hannibal (0-1).
Louisiana 43, Winfield 40: Macie Crane hit back-to-back 3-pointers with less than 20 seconds to play to give the Bulldogs the victory in their home opener.
Down as many as four points in the fourth quarters, Louisiana pulled within three points when Batrice Blackwell hit a free throw with a little more than a minute to go. The defense then drew a charge down under the basket with less a minute to go, leading to Crane's first 3-pointer that tied the game at 40.
After a defected pass by Blackwell, who finished with a game high 17 points, Louisiana grabbed the loose ball and swung a pass to Crane, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with eight seconds to go.
Novinger Tournament: Top-seeded Scotland County cruised to a 47-19 win over Bevier in the opening round.
Chelsea Wood scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down 19 rebounds for the Tigers (1-1), while Randi Slaughter finished with 10 points.
Hannibal 74, Highland 38: The Pirates jumped out to an early lead and rolled to the victory at Korf Gym.
Dylan Powell led Hannibal with 18 points, while Vincent Elder finished with 17 points and Eric Hugenberg added 16 for the Pirates (3-1).
Jack Neisen led Highland 18 points.
Novinger Tournament: Bailey Johnston scored 19 points as Scotland County knocked off Brashear 69-21 in the opening round.
Kyler Burkhiser finished with 12 points for the Tigers (1-1).