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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bluebirds Dominate Lady Bulldogs

Barth Moved into Second in School History for Career Points

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands senior Zoie Barth (10) brings the ball up-court in a recent game. Barth is second in career scoring in program history with 2,287 points.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (23-4 overall) came charging out of the gates and cruised to a sound 72-49 victory Monday over the visiting Holmes Lady Bulldogs (6-14).

Highlands has won nine in a row and moved to 11-2 in 9th Region action. The Lady Bulldogs have been to four straight region championship games winning it in 2016 and 2017 before advancing to the state quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. But they are struggling this season under first-year head coach Danielle Wells.

Highlands senior guard Zoie Barth made another historic move with a double-double of 23 points and 12 assists to go with four steals. Barth moved into second-place in Highlands girls hoops history with 2,287 career points. Head Coach Jaime Walz-Richey leads that list with 4,948 points, which is second for both boys and girls in Kentucky history behind Jenkins 2016 graduate Whitney Creech's 5,527 career points.

"It was great to see. We moved the ball extremely well," Richey said. "That's one thing that we really emphasized after the Dixie (Heights) game. We had to do more than one pass before we shot the ball and for the most part, we did that."

Sophomore Rory O'Hara also scored a career-high 23 points making 11-of-16 shots. O'Hara also had three steals. Richey has wanted others to step forward in scoring and other areas.

"I think confidence does play a big role in being able to shoot and knowing that it's going to go in," O'Hara said. "(Richey) always tells us that when we're going in for lay-ups that we need to go in strong and we need to focus on making it and not just getting the foul."

Highlands made 31-of-60 shots for 52 percent including 7-of-24 three-point tries for 29 percent and 3-of-5 free throws. The Bluebirds won the rebounding battle, 33-19 with juniors Rylee Thomas and Piper Macke recording six each.

The Bluebirds also had 24 assists, 16 steals, two blocked shots, 15 fouls and 16 turnovers. Macke added four assists and four steals.

Highlands led 23-5 after the first quarter and 42-24 at halftime. The Bluebirds pulled away in the third quarter to go up 67-31 entering the fourth quarter. Highlands led by as many as 38 points.

Holmes made 19-of-45 shots for 42 percent including 4-of-8 three-point tries for 50 percent and 7-of-12 free throws for 58 percent. The Lady Bulldogs also had 11 steals, two assists, one blocked shot, 19 turnovers and five fouls.

The Lady Bulldogs saw two players score in double figures. Senior Raelle Hill scored 18 and sophomore Tia Lee scored 15.

Highlands had a road game scheduled at Conner. But Conner had to cancel in order to make up postponed games against 33rd District opponents. However, Highlands will play at Scott on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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