|Bluebirds Move to 7-1 on Season|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Chloe Jansen shoots a free throw while Kenzie Nehus (3) gets in position in a recent game.|
Highlands knocked off the Lincoln County Lady Patriots (4-2) by a 59-48 count. Lincoln County entered the season potentially challenging for the 12th Region crown.
"Lincoln County loves to score points. (The Lady Patriots) just scored 100 last week (in a 103-32 home win over Madison Central)," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We knew we had to keep our tempo, make sure we took good shots, make sure we got back on transition defense and rebound. We did an outstanding job with that."
Lincoln County last won that region in 2013 losing in the first round of the state tournament to Owensboro Catholic. Lincoln County drove to the state semifinals in 2012 losing 61-40 to Marion County.
Highlands used balanced scoring to record the win. Junior guard Piper Macke led the way with 13 points making 4-of-7 shots including two three-pointers to go with four rebounds and an assist.
Senior guards Zoie Barth and Chloe Jansen scored 12 each to follow Macke. Barth made 7-of-10 free throws to go with seven rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and an assist. Jansen recorded six assists and three steals. Senior forward Hanna Buecker also had three steals.
Highlands lost the rebounding battle, 34-26. But the Bluebirds made 18-of-42 shots for 43 percent including 7-of-16 three-point tries for 44 percent and 16-of-25 free throws for 64 percent. They also had nine assists, eight turnovers, 10 steals and one blocked shot.
"I think we have started to understand that rebounding is more of an effort aspect of the game," Barth said. "We've learned the value of each possession and to box out."
Lincoln County made 18-of-48 shots for 38 percent including 5-of-19 three-point shots for 26 percent and 7-of-8 free throws for 88 percent. The Lady Patriots also had seven assists, two blocked shots, six steals and 15 turnovers.
The Lady Patriots saw two players score in double figures. They were senior center Kaitlynn Wilks with 15 points and senior guard Maddy Boyle with 10. Highlands held senior Emma King, a University of Kentucky commit, to just nine points.
Highlands takes on Louisville Butler (5-2) in the next round at 1:45 p.m. back at Lexington Catholic. Butler won state championships in 2014 and 2016.