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Rudd leads Highland past Mountain Pointe, into semifinals

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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:48 pm

Miner Webster has won more than 700 games in his coaching career, but he entered Monday’s game state quarterfinals as nervous as ever.

That’s what happens when the Highland girls basketball is coming off a 31-point scoring effort in a tough second-round win against rival-Mesquite.

The worry was all for naught as Division I's No. 2-seeded state tournament team played at a different level in the Hawks' 62-55 win over No. 7 Mountain Pointe on Monday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

Highland will face No. 3 Pinnacle in Thursday's 2:30 p.m. semifinal at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Hawks’ Rebecca Rudd nearly match the team’s scoring output on her own. The senior forward scored 29 points as Highland expanded its each of the first three quarters in route to a 47-28 third-quarter margin.

“That's what (Rudd) is capable of doing and (Monday) was a great time for her to do it," Webster said. "I was disappointed with the way we handled their pressure in the last quarter. That's something we have to clean up."

The early offensive scoring barrage after stumbling and bumbling to a 31-30 win over Mesquite on Friday.

“I was as nervous for this game as any and we’ve played in some big games,” Webster said. “I was like 'Wait a minute, what team is going to show up tonight?' It was absolutely, important, to shoot like that. We have to clean up some things and defend a little better.”

Rudd was backed by Oiliva Lucero had 11 and Melinda Myers added 10 for the Hawks (32-2).

Mountain Pointe was led by Kaylah Lupoe’s 18 points, while Caitlyn Hetrick finished with 16 points.

The Pride got off to a slow start and didn’t correct it until the fourth quarter to make it a close game.

“We told them at halftime we had to find something,” Mountain Pointe coach Trevor Neider said. “We had to keep our heads up and keep fighting. We started to believe again. The press that we used in the fourth quarter was the same one we used in the first. We just came out flat.”

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