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Mount Vernon News
Geoff Cowles/News Highland’s Jett Swetland pulls in a pass in front of Cardington’s Mason Richardson (5) in Friday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. Cardington’s Tyler Dornon (11) and Mitch Yake (4) look on. Highland won, 59-42.
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Highland’s Jett Swetland pulls in a pass in front of Cardington’s Mason Richardson (5) in Friday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. Cardington’s Tyler Dornon (11) and Mitch Yake (4) look on. Highland won, 59-42.

SPARTA — Teamwork is no cliché for the Highland Scots (13-4, 9-1 MOAC). It has become their trademark.

After holding off Fredericktown in a physical, defensive battle earlier this week, they were more than ready for the Cardington Pirates (10-9, 7-4 MOAC).

The Scots surged ahead in the second quarter and smothered the Pirates, holding them to seven field goals in the second half to win, 59-42, in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference action on Friday.

The win strengthened the Scots’ hold on first place, giving them a full game lead over the idle Centerburg Trojans in the MOAC blue division.

“We have really guarded well the last five or six games,” said Highland coach Matt Bradley. “We’ve talked all year long about it being a process and we are continuing to get better, which is encouraging.”

The Scots wasted no time and jumped ahead, 17-5, getting a pair of putbacks from Jett Swetland, as well as a pair of first quarter assists. Swetland had 15 points for the game and leads the MOAC in scoring with 275 points. Swetland pulled down 16 of the Scots’ 39 rebounds and leads the MOAC with 198.

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