Twelve players scored in the convincing 36th District opening win for the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (3-0 overall) Tuesday.
Highlands jumped out to a 26-5 advantage after one period, stretched it to 43-11 at halftime and wound up winning 64-25 over the host Dayton Lady Devils (1-3). The Bluebirds have won 25 straight against district opponents.
"We really moved the ball around on offense," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We made the extra pass to our teammates and we knocked down the shots."
Highlands senior Zoie Barth was the lone player from either team to hit double figures with 14 points. She made 6-of-11 shots including 2-of-5 from three-point range to go with three assists and four rebounds.
Highlands had 14 assists, nine steals and five turnovers to three assists, two steals and 18 turnovers for Dayton. Senior Chloe Jansen added three assists with freshman Emma Riccobene recording two steals.
The Bluebirds also won the rebounding battle, 33-18. Highlands sophomore Kenzie Nehus also had four rebounds.
Highlands made 26-of-54 shots for 48 percent including 7-of-13 three-point tries for 54 percent and 5-of-9 free throws for 56 percent. Dayton made 10-of-30 shots for 33 percent including 3-of-9 three-point tries for 33 percent and 2-of-4 free throws for 50 percent.
"We were able to work together as a team and focus on some things such as defense, not fouling as much and the one thing we really focused on was not dribbling the ball as much because we're better when we pass it," said Rylee Thomas, Highlands junior forward. "We really focus on hitting the right person. Throughout the plays, we're looking for a certain person to make that cut and if they're open, we pass them the ball."
Highlands takes on Grant County (2-1) in the Donna Murphy Classic on Saturday. Game time is Noon.
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