Highland Ends Leopards Magical 20-4 Season in Sectional

Highland Hornets Boys Basketball Vs. Louisville Leopards 2015 Tournament

Highland 71, Louisville 67

The Louisville Leopards Boys Basketball Team’s magical season came to a close after a hard-fought 71-67 loss to the visiting Highland Hornets in the DI Copley Sectional Finals Saturday. With the loss, Louisville finishes the year with an overall record of 20-4.

Blake Hoover ended his high school career with a team-high 19 points to lead the Leopards. Drew Noble also poured in 16 and Chris Libertore hit 4 three-pointers & scored 14 for Louisville.

The two squads played even in the first quarter and went back-and-forth in the second quarter. The NBC Champions T-Shirt Boys Basketball 2014-15 Beatty's SportsHornets Ben Hauser got off 1 of his 3 made three-pointers a tick ahead of the buzzer to cut the Leopards lead to 33-32 at the break.

Just as they did against McKinley in the Sectional Semifinals, Highland pulled ahead in the third quarter. After falling behind 38-34, the Hornets used a 17-2 run to take a 51-40 advantage. Louisville would stop the bleeding and cut the deficit to 8 heading into the final period.

The never-say-die Leopards would rack up 22 points in the final eight minutes to shrink the Hornets lead to as little as two points. Louisville trailed 64-55 heading into the final minute, but threw down 4 three-pointers in the final 50.2 seconds to get within 69-67 with just seconds remaining.

However, Highland’s Kevin Greenhoe netted a pair of free throws with 0.4 seconds left to punch the Hornets ticket to Copley. They will take on top-seeded Jackson in the District Semifinals Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Greenhoe finished with 21 points, but teammate Brogan Scott led all scorers with 27. Hauser also finished with 11 for Highland who improves to 18-6 on the season.

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Varsity Statistics

HORNETS 71, LEOPARDS 67

HORNETS: Scott 11 3-5 27, Greenhoe 6 9-12 21, Hauser 4 0-0 11, Houska 2 1-2 5, Wiencek 2 1-2 5, Levine 1 0-0 2. TOTAL 26 14-21 71.

3-Pointers (5): Hauser (3), Scott (2)

Team FT: 14-21 67%

LEOPARDS: Hoover 8 3-3 19, Noble 6 4-6 16, Libertore 5 0-0 16, Adams 2 2-2 8, Crank 3 0-0 7, Hahn 1 0-0 3. TOTAL 25 9-11 67.

3-Pointers (8): Libertore (4), Adams (2), Crank, Hahn

Team FT: 9-11 82%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Highland 15-17-21-18–71

Louisville 15-18-12-22–67

FULL BOX SCORE COMING SOON

Fouls: 16-13 Louisville

Turnovers: 12-10 Louisville

Records: Highland 18-6, Louisville 20-4

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