|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior outside hitter Hannah Harris (right) bumps the ball while senior defensive specialist Emma Delagrange (20) watches.|
Highlands outshot the visitors 13-2 and junior goalkeeper Olivia McQueary stopped both St. Henry shots as the Ladybirds recorded their third shutout in as many games. Highlands doubled its offensive output of the season and has outscored its first three opponents by a combined 6-0. This marked the first 9th Region contest for Highlands.
"Twenty-two players contributed valuable time (Thursday) all seeing a minimum of 20 minutes," said Brian Wiefering, Highlands Head Coach. "I never felt like we missed a beat as I feel our bench is very deep."
Highlands led 1-0 at halftime. The first-half goal came when senior Kiersten Clukey booted in a corner kick and senior Claudia Hils deflected it toward the goal. The ball deflected off a defender and freshman Lauren Deckert cleaned it up for her first goal of the season.
In the second half, sophomore Gwen Gorman scored both Highlands goals off the bench. Gorman beat her defender twice and scored with two powerful strikes near post. Those two goals for four points are the team-high for the Ladybirds with four others scoring once each. Hils is second on the team with three points with one goal and one assist.
Highlands faces another 34th District opponent Saturday in 9th Region play. The Ladybirds take on Dixie Heights at 7:30 p.m.
Highlands 2, Bishop Brossart 1:
The Bluebirds (3-1-1 overall) won their second in a row at Pendery Park.
Highlands outshot the Mustangs, 18-6. Senior goalkeeper Paul Tully had two saves and Simon Frink had the other. Junior Nick Gish and senior Colton Dolezal scored the two Bluebird goals for their first goals of the season junior Blake Shuley his first assist of the season. Gish, Shuley, Dolezal and junior Drew Rom lead Highlands with three points on a goal and assist each.
The Bluebirds hit the road for a tough game Saturday in London. Highlands plays at South Laurel (4-0) at 1 p.m. The Cardinals won the 13th Region Tournament last year before losing to Perry County Central, 4-1 in the first round of the state tournament.
Kings (Ohio) 3, Highlands 0:
The Ladybirds dropped to 0-3 with another 3-0 decision by 25-23, 25-16, 25-12 scores.
Senior outside hitter Hannah Harris led Highlands with five kills. Senior right side hitter Isabelle Ison added two blocks.
Highlands plays in its Cake Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Ladybirds won the tournament last year.