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Huntington High girls top Midland

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington High got the game to the pace it favors in the second half and pulled away for a 61-40 victory over Cabell Midland in girls basketball Tuesday night at Huntington High's Lucas-Archer Gymnasium.

"We've got to play fast," Lady Highlanders coach Lonnie Lucas said. "That's us."

Huntington (3-0) led 17-11 after one period and 32-23 at halftime thanks to a 3-pointer from Dazha Congleton with 26 seconds left in the second period.

In the second half, the Highlanders capitalized on pressure defense and a solid effor at the foul line to secure the win. The Lady Knights (1-1) totaled just 17 points in the second half -- eight points in the third period and nine in the fourth.

"We got shots we wanted, we didn't hit," Cabell Midland coach Matt Adkins said. "There's stuff we have to work on. The girls played hard, didn't quit."

Congleton led Huntington with 17 points and Kiana Evans, who's signed with Marshall University, added 16. She had three baskets, but converted 10 of 13 free throws.

"This is early. A win's a win," Lucas said. "There are some things we did better from the first two games. One is foul shooting."

Huntington is back in action Friday at home against Woodrow Wilson. Cabell Midland is also in action Friday at home against Parkersburg.

Congleton, a freshman, had two of her team's 3-pointers. Her second came when a shot from the top of the key went a bit long, hit the backboard and went through.

"A little too hard," she said. "It still counts."

On the next possession, Congleton drove down the lane and worked an up-and-under move for the basket.

"I liked that one," she said.

As for Evans, the senior got 10 of her points in the second half.

"We got her the ball more," Congleton said.

Erica Budd, another freshman starter, got six of her seven points in the first period.

"They're blending in," Lucas said of Budd and Congleton.

Lacy Johnson came off the bench and got eight of her 10 points in the first half when Dominique Gibson got into foul trouble.

"She was our sixth man last year," Lucas said. "She knows her role."

Taylor Pitkin paced Cabell Midland with 13 points.

"Friday night will show the attitude and heart of this team," Adkins said. "We'll see if we can rebound."

CABELL MIDLAND 11 12 8 9 -- 40: Bias 3 0-0 9, Adkins 0 3-4 3, Jordan 1 0-0 2, McNeely 1 0-0 2, Jarrell 0 0-1 0, Ellis 0 2-4 2, Hardin 0 1-2 1, Pitkin 6 1-2 13, Haggerty 3 2-2 8. Totals: 14 9-15 40.

HUNTINGTON 17 15 18 11 -- 61: Johnson 3 3-3 10, Williams 0 2-2 2, Parish 1 0-0 2, Congleton 6 3-4 17, Evans 3 10-13 16, Budd 3 1-2 7, Gibson 3 1-2 7. Totals: 19 20-26 61.

3-point baskets: Cabell Midland 3 (Bias 3). Huntington 3 (Johnson, Congleton 2).

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