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All goals are still within reach for Homestead boys as they pound Port and Grafton

Still only one game back of GT in NSC

Feb. 7, 2012

Mequon - Keeping its eyes on the prize is a good thing for the Homestead boys basketball team.

For though the 15-2 Highlanders were buried by top-ranked and unbeaten Germantown in a pivotal North Shore tilt a few weeks ago, they remain only a game back in the league standings of the 18-0 Warhawks.

And the Highlanders look to remain that way all the way until their Feb. 23 rematch in Mequon with a potential share of the NSC crown on the line.

Homestead took two more steps in that direction last week, pounding Port Washington, 86-48, on Jan. 31 and burying Grafton, 73-48, on Friday. Germantown is 10-0 league play and Homestead 9-1.

Coach Marquis Hines is pleased with the focus his team is playing with now.

"We played well on both ends in both games," he said. "… No one predicted us to be 15-2 as young as we are. People thought we'd only be .500. But I'm proud of the guys, they've worked very hard. We've been having 6 a.m. practices and the guys have responded well."

The Highlanders had an interesting nonconference game with a red-hot Menomonee Falls squad Tuesday and host Cedarburg (2-8, 4-13) in a North Shore game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Over by halftime

Homestead wasted no time against Grafton, taking an 18-8 first quarter lead and then pulling away 40-21 at the half.

A total of 11 players scored in the game, led by Darius Marshall with 14, James Reilly with 11, Sam Kaegi and Luke Worthington with nine apiece and Jake Laihinen with eight.

"We played with a lot of energy and a lot of pace this game," Hines said.

Hines was up visiting his son for Green Bay Southwest's parents' night on Jan. 31, so assistant coach Sean Crider ran the show for the Highlanders in their win over Port Washington.

A happy parents' night

"He did a great job, the guys didn't miss a step and it was our parents' night, too," Hines said.

Against Port, the Highlanders were up 16-9 at the quarter and then 39-21 at the half.

It was a happy parents' night as 14 different players found the score book, including Laihinen and Cody Berger with 14 apiece, Reilly with 12, and Worthington with nine.

Homestead hit an impressive 14 3-pointers from eight different players in the contest, including four from Berger. Both Berger and Reilly were praised for their efforts.

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