By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter
The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds girls basketball team remained unbeaten with another lopsided win Tuesday.
The Breds (5-0) crossed the Licking River and dominated the Covington Holmes Lady Bulldogs (2-4), 69-41. NewCath beat Lexington Catholic by that same score on Friday. NewCath improved to 3-0 against 9th Region opponents and has won all five contests by at least 13 points.
Nikki Kiernan led NewCath with 20 points and six rebounds. The junior scored 10 points in the third quarter.
But the Breds saw three other players reach double-digits. They were Stephanie Lewis with 13 including three three-pointers, Loren Zimmerman with 11, and Michaela Ware with 11.
“Our pressure got to them,” said George Stoll, NewCath head coach. “We forced some turnovers. We shot the ball pretty well against their zone.”
NewCath finished the first quarter with a 13-0 run and never trailed again. The Breds led 36-16 at halftime. NewCath made 13-of-17 free throws for 76 percent and Holmes made just 8-of-15 for 53 percent.
Holmes did play without injured DeAsia Turner. Stoll said Turner may return soon. Tamra Holder led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points and Jameela Salaah had 10.
NewCath travels to Boone County (2-3) for a 6:30 p.m. contest Friday. The two have combined to win the last four 9th Region titles. Boone County eliminated NewCath in the first round of region play last year.
The Lady Rebels graduated Sydney Moss and Lydia Nash from last year’s 9th Region champion team. They come into the game off a 61-44 loss at Lexington Catholic on Tuesday.