|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Rachel Vinson lets one go in the win over Bellevue on Thursday. Highlands moved to 7-2 on the season with a 76-41 win at Ludlow on Friday.|
Highlands trailed 13-11 after the first quarter before winning the second quarter by a 27-4 count to go up 38-17 at halftime. The Ladybirds led by as much as 35 points in this game. Highlands moved to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in 9th Region play with its sixth straight win and Ludlow fell to 3-6.
"We played much better team defense which was good to see," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We were more patient on offense and made some great passes to our teammates who made shots."
Highlands won the rebounding battle, 31-20. The Ladybirds also recorded 17 assists, 14 steals and just six turnovers. The hosts had just two steals and 20 turnovers.
The familiar tandem of senior Jenna Martin and sophomore Zoie Barth again led the way with 15 points. Both made two three-pointers. Martin had three assists and four steals and Barth recorded five rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Highlands saw all 12 players contribute. Senior Taylor Baioni and sophomore Olivia Gessner followed with eight points each and sophomore Chloe Jansen had five rebounds and three assists.
Ludlow saw two players reach double figures. Haley Turner had 15 points and Morgan Lantry added 10.
Highlands plays again on Wednesday in the LaRosa's Holiday Classic at Conner. The Ladybirds open the tournament against undefeated Nelson County (9-0) out of the 5th Region at 3:45 p.m.
Scott 71, Highlands 59:
INDEPENDENCE - The toughest part about this game is Highlands (3-7 overall) led the majority of the game taking a 48-39 advantage into the third quarter. But Scott (7-3) employed a full-court run-and-jump press and used an 18-3 run to erase the lead and hit 6-of-10 free throws in the final 2:14 to pull away. Highlands finished 1-2 good for sixth in the Simon Kenton Invitational.
"We just have to make better choices," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "The hardest thing is to learn how to win. We were in position. We just didn't make the right choices with the basketball. We tough couple of situations where they hit some big threes and we didn't respond the way we had for the majority of the game. But I'm very pleased with our effort. I'm very pleased with some of the things we did this week. We're a team still growing and figuring itself out."
Highlands controlled the tempo in the game's first three quarters confusing Scott with its 2-3 match-up zone. The Bluebirds worked the ball inside to senior 6-foot-5-inch center Kyle Finfrock and let him do his thing opening up opportunities for others. Finfrock finished with a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds.
The Bluebirds also saw Bryce Traylor make four three-pointers on his way to 14 points and Braden Posey make 5-of-6 free throws on his way to 11 points, three assists and four steals and senior Brad Greene added eight points.
Highlands finished with 21 turnovers to 14 for Scott. The Eagles recorded nine steals and the Bluebirds had eight.
"They opened with a zone in the start of the fourth quarter," Listerman said. "We were very patient against it. We didn't finish the first possession. They scored and got into their press. We weren't trying to hold the ball. It's one of those things where if you've been there before, you handle it and you put the game away. It's a learning experience for us."
Chad Ohmer paced the comeback for Scott with 21 points. Tim Jolley added 18 and Jake Ohmer had 12.
Scott made 25-of-46 shots for 55 percent and 19-of-30 free throws for 63 percent. Highlands made 17-of-33 shots for 52 percent and 20-of-28 free throws for 71 percent.
Highlands does not play again until Dec. 28 in the first of three games in the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic at LaRue County. Highlands takes on Daviess County (6-5) from the 3rd Region at 3 p.m.