By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team earned its first win of the year Thursday.
Highlands (1-1) knocked off the host Dayton Lady Devils, 69-23 to open 36th District action. The teams played for seeding purposes in the postseason.
Highlands led 23-9 after one quarter and 46-15 at halftime. The Bluebirds held the Lady Devils to 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from the field while making 48.3 percent (28-of-58) overall. They also had nine assists to one for the Lady Devils.
Highlands once again saw three players reach double-digits. Lydia Graves led the way with 13 points with Brianna Adler and Alex Combs scoring 10 each. The other two starters in Haley Coffey and McKenzie Leigh scored eight a piece.
No one scored more than four points for Dayton. The Lady Devils made just 2-of-5 three-point attempts for 40 percent and just 5-of-12 from three-point range for 42 percent.
Highlands made 8-of-9 from the free-throw line for 89 percent. The Bluebirds also hit 5-of-13 three-point tries for 39 percent. Adler made two triples with Whitney Quillen, Zoie Barth and Graves making one each.
Highlands plays host to Covington Holy Cross on Monday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.