Boys basketball: Hall scores 37, but La Habra comes up short in 63-61 loss to Troy; Warrior girls rout Highlanders, 58-24

LA HABRA – La Habra High School’s Ryan Hall and Troy’s Taylor Maughan are two of the better boys basketball players in the Freeway League.
The duo showed how good Friday.
Hall won the personal battle, scoring 37 points to to Maughan’s 28.
But the Warriors senior didn’t mind after Ben Stiver hit two free throws with 8.9 seconds left to clinch a 63-61 victory in a league matchup.
La Habra’s Brett Bartolone intercepted an in-bounds pass with two seconds left, but his halfcourt shot glanced off the top of the glass at the buzzer.
Troy, also getting 11 points from Mo Jomaa, improved to 16-6 overall and 3-3 in league play. The Highlanders, also receiving 14 from Alex Imhof, slipped to 14-9 and 3-3.
“(Maughan’s) a great player,” La Habra coach Mark Stewart said. “I thought we did a great job guarding (Maughan). But he elevated over our guys and scored, even though we were guarding them.”

Maughan had Troy looking good after hitting two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead 53-46 with five minutes left.
But Hall, arguably the top player in the area, wouldn’t back down.
He scored 20 points during the quarter and hit three consecutive shots to pull the Highlanders within 56-54 with 3:46 left before hitting a 9-foot turnaround to cut the lead to 59-58 with 1:23 left.
Hall, after Johnny Bayeh’s putback, cut it to 61-59 on a free throw with 46 seconds left. La Habra got the ball to Marcus Mellado, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key was short with 17 seconds left.
Stiver then sank made two free throws with 8.9 seconds left. Imhof had a layup at 2.4 before Bartolone missed at the buzzer after his steal.
Troy 58, La Habra 24

Alecia Dimas had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Gabriella Hanson had 12 points to lead the first-place Warriors, who led 38-8 at halftime.
Troy, also getting 10 rebounds and nine points from Amara Person-Hampton, improved to 13-5 and 6-0. The Highlanders, who received 10 points from Kayla Judkins, slipped to 15-6 and 3-3.
The Warriors jumped out to a 16-3 lead before two free throws and a 14-footer by Judkins made it 16-7 after one quarter. But Troy opened the second with a 7-1 run and closed the half with a 15-0 blitz to secure it.

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