|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Izzy Schultz fires up a three-pointer in a recent game against Covington Holy Cross.|
But the Ladybirds (13-6 overall) fell a point short of beating the defending 10th Region champion and state semifinalist Mason County Lady Royals (17-2) in a 43-42 non-region loss. Highlands has dropped three in a row.
Briana McNutt hit a shot with three seconds left to lift Mason County to the win. Highlands had a last-second shot go in and out.
"The girls responded. We watched some film after the Holy Cross game (Tuesday)," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We discussed some things we needed to get better at. They did a good job coming out and executing the things we needed to get done. It was nice to see."
Mason County put three players in double figures. McNutt and Kara Moran led the way with 12 points each and Jordan Fridge had 10.
Highlands senior Brianna Adler broke out for 20 points making 4-of-10 three-point attempts and 8-of-10 free throws. She also recorded two steals. McKenzie Leigh followed with eight points.
"We played hard but we can't be happy," Richey said. "We have to come in and play that way the next game. It can't be on again and off again."
Highlands had 11 on 19 Mason County turnovers and the Lady Royals recorded seven steals on 15 Ladybird turnovers. Zoie Barth led the Ladybirds with five steals.
Highlands shot a little better than the Holy Cross game making 10-of-36 shots for 28 percent including 6-of-17 from three-point range for 35 percent. The Ladybirds hit 16-of-22 free throws for 73 percent.
Mason County shot better from the field making 16-of-38 shots for 42 percent including 3-of-13 three-pointers for 23 percent. The Lady Royals also made 8-of-14 free throws for 57 percent.
Highlands plays in the Raatz Fence Classic at Louisville Mercy on Saturday. The Ladybirds take on Louisville DuPont Manual at 8:30 p.m.