|Bluebirds Move to 2-0 in District Play|
|Highlands freshman Alyssa Harris (right) gets in defensive position in a recent game.|
That included the first varsity action for sophomore forward Megan Gessner. But all 10 players contributed in the 52-24 victory. Gessner made a three-pointer, grabbed four rebounds and had an assist. Highlands moved to 2-0 in district play with its sixth straight win.
Highlands focused on its half-court offense. Senior Piper Macke again led the Bluebirds with 14 points. But Highlands saw sophomore 6-foot-0-inch center CC Shick score 11 points and grab a team-high five rebounds.
"She had some nice takes inside. We were able to find (Shick) once we talked about it," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "It took us a little bit to find her, but once we did, she got some easy shots along the baseline."
Highlands has tried to develop more consistency in the paint with the likes of Shick and junior forward Rory O'Hara. Shick also blocked two shots.
"We really focused on all the little things and playing as a team," Shick said. "We have really been working on the mental aspect of the game."
Highlands made 20-of-45 shots for 44 percent including 7-of-25 from three-point range for 28 percent and 5-of-6 free throws for 83 percent. The Bluebirds also had 27 rebounds, five fouls, 14 turnovers, 13 assists, nine blocked shots and eight steals.
Macke also had four assists and three steals. Junior guard Emma Mallery had three assists, blocked four shots and recorded one steal.
Newport made 10-of-29 shots for 35 percent including 1-of-4 from three-point range for 25 percent and 3-of-8 free throws for 38 percent. The Ladycats also had 18 rebounds, eight fouls, 18 turnovers, one assist and three steals. Senior point guard Kamaya White led Newport with 11 points and freshman point guard Elexis Litton scored 10.
Highlands travels to Covington Holy Cross (10-7) on Saturday for a make-up game. Game time is 6 p.m.
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