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Posted: Friday, January 30, 2009 11:12 pm | Updated: 2:11 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Lying in the weeds, away from the talents and press clippings of his sophomore teammates, Matt Carlino and Chris Johnson, is Kurtis "KC" Toolson.

SLIDESHOW: Highland vs. Hamilton boys basketball

He and Darrell Farr are seniors in the Gilbert Highland rotation, and though they're often the third or fourth options, they broke visiting Chandler Hamilton's back in a 69-48 victory which put the Hawks atop the Fiesta Region standings.

It also helped rid an aftertaste from two weeks ago, when the Huskies beat the Hawks by one point.

The Hawks won 12 consecutive games until Hamilton stopped them.

There was no stopping Highland (20-3, 4-1) on Friday. Johnson came out smoking in the first quarter. His only miss was a full-court heave to end the quarter, by which time he collected 12 of his 15 points.

Carlino was his usual self with 15 points, a couple alley-oop lobs and no-look passes, as well as pull-up 3-pointers. He led all scorers with 16 points.

The Hawks' ball distribution and defense helped propel them to a 29-19 lead at halftime, but Toolson and Farr put the game away.

"We had a lot of guys convert on opportunities," Highland coach Mark Carlino said while praising his team's willingness to share the ball. "When we play like that, we're tough to beat, because we have so many weapons.

While Hamilton (13-9, 3-2) either had shots rim in-and-out or were forced into taking difficult ones against Highland's defense, Toolson, 6-foot-5 but listed as a guard, spearheaded a 10-2 run to begin the third quarter. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and made an acrobatic layup in a 3-minute span. Farr added six points on the interior and the lead was up to 49-26 to start the fourth.

"He had a huge second half," Hamilton coach Kevin Hartwig said of Toolson. "When they get that third guy going - Chris Johnson or Toolson or whoever - they're tough to beat."

Now one game up in what both sides called the toughest region in the state, there are three left to play, and the Hawks want this share-the-ball concept to stick.

"Hopefully we'll bring it for a few more games and get that No. 1 seed and a couple home games," Toolson said. "That's what it's all about."

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