|Highlands Snaps Two-Game Losing Streak with Road Region Win|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior Nate Roberts goes in for a lay-up in a recent game. Roberts hit the game-winning shot against Conner with two seconds left Tuesday.|
Senior Griffin Huber picked off an in-bounds pass and passed it to senior forward Adam Uhlenbrock. Uhlenbrock then found junior guard Nate Roberts on the left side for a lay-up with two seconds left to give the Bluebirds a 68-67 9th Region win over the host Conner Cougars (5-12).
"We played two players off the bench which made a big impact," Roberts said. "(Highlands sophomore) Jacob Brass locked down their best free-throw shooter, which we didn't him to get the ball because we'd have to foul immediately. Adam Uhlenbrock was there when Griffin was able to steal the ball. He dropped it down to me, which was outstanding. He could have easily shot that ball. But he made the better look coming off the bench. He hadn't played most of the game. Kuddos to those two."
Huber finished with 19 points and Roberts followed with 14. But senior guards Carl Schoellman and Jacob Noe also had double digits with 13 and 10 respectively.
"It was awesome emotionally to be able to come back and get a win," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "To do it in the fashion we did it was every more impressive. We took a lot of things from Friday's loss and we put them into practice (Monday). We talked about staying together as a team and fulfilling our roles. We did that. That's kind of how we're built. We need everybody to give us a little bit. When we do that, we have a chance to be successful."
Every free throw counted in this close game. The Bluebirds made 11-of-17 free throws for 65 percent and the Cougars made 8-of-12 for 67 percent.
Highlands plays host to Ryle (6-9) on Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Cooper 59, Highlands 44:
The second battle for the Bluebirds (11-6) against the Lady Jaguars (8-10) in less than two weeks did not go as well. Highlands beat Cooper, 68-57 in the semifinals of the LaRosa's Holiday Classic on Dec. 28.
"I think it comes down to taking care of the ball," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We didn't do a very good job of taking care of the ball. We had some careless turnovers. They took advantage and had some easy lay-ups."
But Highlands could not find any rhythm offensively in this game. The Bluebirds made just 13-of-38 shots for 34 percent including 4-of-14 from three-point range for 29 percent and 14-of-23 free throws for 61 percent.
The Bluebirds saw just one player score in double figures in junior guard Zoie Barth with 20 points. Junior forward Hanna Buecker, sophomore guard Maggie Hinegardner and sophomore post Meghan Walz were not able to play.
Cooper senior guard Lexi Held led the Lady Jaguars with 23 points and seven rebounds. Teammate Asyah Mitchell followed with 22 making 9-of-11 shots. Held added six steals and Mitchell had three.
"We're trying to get our other players to play confidently," said Nicole Levandusky, Cooper Head Coach. "They have the skill set. They just have to use it. Like I keep saying, in Kentucky you have all season to figure it out. That's what we're working on."
The Lady Jaguars made 21-of-44 shots for 48 percent including 1-of-9 from three-point range for 11 percent. Cooper made 16-of-20 free throws for 80 percent.
Highlands travels to Mason County (10-5) on Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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