Red Hawks basketball team wins title
|By Alex Coop | Staff writer
With files from Gordon Cochrane
February 18, 2015
Thanks to some strong defence and last-minute heroics, the Kawartha West conference basketball title belongs to Haliburton Highlands Secondary School (HHSS).
The Red Hawks traveled to I.E. Weldon School in Lindsay last Thursday to play their final Kawartha West conference game. Each team had a 6-1 record. Weldon’s one loss of the season came at the hands of HHSS. Their 44-42 loss last week, however, cost them the conference championship.
Despite a strong start, HHSS couldn’t build on its 15-8 first quarter lead and found themselves ahead only 24-20 at halftime.
The gap never got bigger. Weldon, a triple-A category school with a population of more than 1,000, trailed 36-35 with only minutes remaining.
Red Hawk Jalen Campbell’s last of three steals in the final moments sealed the game for HHSS.
The Red Hawks had a season-high 15 steals and committed only four turnovers.
Forward Caleb Schmidt led the offensive charge with 14 points and went eight for 10 from the free throw line. He also had five steals. Nick Thompson pitched in with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Solid three-point shooting – the team went three-for-four from three-point land — made the Red Hawk’s lives a little easier as well.
Red Hawks head coach Dave Waito said the team’s 15 steals provided them with a boost.
The school’s next game will be on Feb. 23 against the Kawartha East champion, who has yet to be determined.
HHSS will host the Central Ontario Secondary School Athletic Championships on Feb. 25.
ALEX COOP is a reporter for The Highlander.