No. 2 High Plains stays undefeated

The High Plains Storm boys basketball team, No. 2 in D1, wanted a test when it visited

the home court of No. 5 Heartland Tuesday night in Henderson. It got what it was looking for in a 49-48 win.

With 40 seconds left in regulation, Heartland's Keshawn Comacho slashed his way to the basket, converting on a layup that put the Huskies up 48-47. High Plains' all-state point guard Cole Klingsporn drove the length of the court and answered by draining a mid-range jumper with just over 30 seconds left in the game, giving the Storm a 49-48 lead.

Coming out of a timeout, Heartland's Jordan Heinrichs drove to the hoop and was met my Storm defenders who altered his shot as time was running out. Huskies' forward Cole Nickels grabbed Heinrichs' miss, but High Plains' Kyler VanHousen tied him up, giving possesion to the Storm with 3.5 seconds remaining.

Klingsporn was fouled as he touched the ensuing inbounds pass, but missed his bonus free-throw, giving Heartland enough time to call a timeout. After the timeout, Heartland heaved a midcourt shot as time expired that landed out of bounds keeping High Plains undefeated.

"That's what we need to have happen if we're going to get where we need to get," High Plains coach Cameron Hudson said after the game. "In a game like that, where they are putting so much pressure on the perimeter, you have to have your guards be fearless. And I thought Cole was fearless going to the rim, and I don't think he maybe got rewarded for it sometimes, but the fact was he kept going and he's going to take that shot every time because that's what he does."

High Plains led at halftime 28-17, but Heartland won the third quarter 16-4. Klingsporn and sophomore Thomas Young were the only Storm players to score.

"Third quarter -- I thought we got tentative and they got aggressive," Hudson said. "On the road with good teams, I don't care how you get it done, you just get it done and we did."

Hudson mentioned other players who he thought were huge late in the game.

"I was so pleased with maybe the stat lines of guys who don't get the points -- like Josh DeMers," Hudson said. "He had a huge stretch in the third quarter where he grabbed a couple of loose balls and kept things alive and that was huge. We kept possessions because of that."

Now sitting at 13-0, the Storm face off with Lawrence-Nelson (5-8) in Polk Friday night.

"Tonight was a major test or a checkpoint," Hudson said. "I say we have a lot of work to do, but the only way we're going to learn is to play these games and I was pleased with our ability to hang together and have togetherness in the huddle at the end to get things done."

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