By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter
The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds girls basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the year with a 65-55 victory over the rival Bishop Brossart Lady Mustangs on Monday.
The host Thoroughbreds (6-1) moved to 4-0 at home. The Lady Mustangs fell to 7-2. Their only other loss came to Highlands.
NewCath received a monster game from junior post Nikki Kiernan. She dominated the paint recording a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks. Kiernan made all five free-throw attempts.
The Thoroughbreds also saw Alexus Mayes tie Kiernan with 19 points. Teammate Michaela Ware added eight.
Junior guard Madison Eisenman came off the bench to score 20 points to lead the Lady Mustangs. NewCath held Bishop Brossart standouts Sarah Futscher to six points and Abby Stadtmiller to seven.
The Lady Mustangs did shoot better from the free-throw line. They made 14-of-20 for 70 percent and the Thoroughbreds made 25-of-40 for 63 percent.
The game was tied at 13 after the first quarter. But NewCath led 30-27 at halftime.NewCath travels to 1-7 Lloyd Memorial on Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m