SPARTA — It took a little while to get the pieces together Thursday, but once it did the Highland Scots boys basketball team ran like a well-oiled machine.
The Scots broke open a close game with a strong second quarter, then poured it on in the third and fourth to knock off the visiting Cardington Pirates, 57-35, in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference action.
“Early in the game, we struggled getting people where we wanted them for good shots. But then we settled in, attacked the basket and got some good looks,” said Highland coach Mike Hoyng.
Cardington (1-3 overall, 1-2 MOAC) started the game on fire, as Skylar Long and Zach Sahr hit 3-pointers to push the Pirates to a 6-2 lead. But, Highland (2-1, 1-1) scored the next six points to get back in the lead.
In the second quarter, it was the Matt Stooksbury show for Highland. The senior scored seven straight points to open the quarter and help the Scots take a 17-8 lead. He had nine of the Scots’ 21 points in the first half.