Monday, October 10, 2016
Monday Highlands Notes
Highlands clinched its first winning season since 2010 as a result. The Ladybirds also concluded the regular season with a 10-7 record against 9th Region opponents.
The Ladybirds have six seniors on the squad. They are Hannah Harris, Isabelle Ison, Emma Delagrange, Emma Little, Lauren Epperson and Katy Ball. Epperson had 10 kills and Harris had nine. Little had 20 assists and Ball had 16 digs. Ison had two kills and a block with Delagrange tallying two kills, an ace and seven digs to round out the scoring.
"I think that Coach (Katelyn) Sallee's extensive knowledge of the game helps us and motivates us to strive to be better," Ison said. "(The coaches) are all really supportive and they all want us to do the best that we can and play the best that we can. I think that the program is growing stronger every year and I think we'll have a strong tradition in the next couple years."
Highlands takes on Campbell County on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m. in Fort Thomas.
36th District Semifinals:
Highlands 12, Bellevue 0:
The Ladybirds (17-2-1) took care of business in one half against the visitors out-shooting them, 30-1. Highlands earned its 16th shut-out of the season. Senior Shannon Eaton played the first 10 minutes before freshman Maggie Hinegardner took over and made the team's lone save.
Highlands has outscored opponents, 83-7 on the season while opponents outscored Bellevue (0-12), 97-0 on the season. That goal total is the most in a season for the Highlands program going back to at least 2002.
"We just go out there each and every game," said Hannah Hartman, Highlands sophomore. "We don't really focus on our opponent. We focus on what we do and how we work as a team to just get it done."
Highlands freshman Katelynn Helminiak scored her first two goals of the year to lead the Ladybirds with four points. Highlands sophomores Lindsey Meyer and freshman Lauren Deckert scored three points with one goal and an assist each. Meyer has 11 goals and five assists on the year for a total of 27 points and Deckert has six goals and three assists.
Junior Molly Wiefering had two assists bringing her total to 11 on the season and sister Maria Wiefering tallied her fifth assist this year. The other goal-scorers were senior Sydney Ossege (ninth), senior Claudia Hils (seventh), senior Kiersten Clukey (fifth), freshman Ali Gessner (13th), sophomore Gwen Gorman (six) and sophomore Gwen Culyer (second). Freshmen Abby Stein and Parker Price scored their first goals of the year.
"There are certain little things that we've practiced on," said Brian Wiefering, Highlands Head Coach. "I told them before the game, 'You know what. Let's just work on those things.' Whether the team we play has any kind of talent or not, the things we were working on, we were running without specific passing combinations. It's an opportunity to get better against another team. Highlands does make things look easy and we take that for granted. But the things they're out there doing are fun to watch. They've earned it. It was fun."
Highlands takes on Newport Central Catholic (16-3-1) on Wednesday in the 36th District championship at Tower Park. Game time is 7 p.m.