|Highlands hoops squads drop road games|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands sophomore Chloe Jansen puts up a free throw in a recent game.|
Awaiting them in Alexandria stood the Campbell County Camels (17-1 overall) ranked eighth in the latest Associated Press poll. While the Bluebirds (9-10) have come a long way this season, the 83-60 loss to Campbell County showed them what needs to happen to battle the elite teams in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Camels moved to 9-0 against 9th Region competition. Their lone loss came by an 81-74 score at Bracken County on Dec. 9.
The Camels made 34-of-58 shots for 59 percent including 5-of-9 from three-point range for 56 percent and 11-of-13 free throws for 85 percent. Seniors Garren Bertsch and Cole Hegyi led Campbell County scoring 22 and 19 points respectively.
"They've got two very, very good scorers," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "They've got size. They've got guys that handle the ball. They've got guys who will knock it down if you leave them open. (The Camels) are as good as anybody in the 9th Region. It's a legitimate ranking in the state."
Highlands saw Braden Posey record 11 points and three assists with Kyle Finfrock scoring nine points and grabbing five rebounds. Highlands hit 21-of-48 shots for 44 percent including 6-of-14 from three-point range for 43 percent and 11-of-21 free throws for 52 percent.
Highlands plays host to Dixie Heights (15-3) on Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Covington Holy Cross 58, Highlands 56:
Highlands (13-5 overall) held for the last shot, but things unfortunately did not work out in its first 9th Region loss this year in eight games. Holy Cross (13-5) freshman Piper Macke stole the ball in the open court and raced in for the game-winning lay-up to lift the Lady Indians to the victory.
Highlands received more valiant efforts from senior Jenna Martin and sophomore Zoie Barth with 22 and 16 points respectively. Barth made all nine free-throw attempts.
The Ladybirds made 19-of-50 shots for 38 percent including 7-of-19 from three-point range for 37 percent. They shot free throws better making 11-of-13 for 85 percent.
Alehia Tucker led Holy Cross with 13 points and Malaysia Chames scored 10. The Lady Indians made 24-of-39 shots for 62 percent including 2-of-4 from three-point range and 8-of-14 free throws for 57 percent.
Holy Cross won the rebounding battle, 24-21. Chames and Courtney Turner led the Lady Indians with six each and Lauren Epperson had five to lead Highlands.
Highlands faces Cooper (9-4) on Thursday in Fort Thomas. Game time is 7:30 p.m.