|Highlands Unable to Pull off Second Win Over Top-10 Team|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Emma Riccobene sets up for a free throw in a recent game.|
But Highlands came up short of beating the fourth-ranked Louisville Butler Bearettes (20-4), 36-35. Junior Dynastee White hit a free throw with 16 seconds left to give Butler the victory. This marked the final home game of the season for Highlands.
Highlands had already beaten one top 10 opponent this year. The Bluebirds beat eighth-ranked Notre Dame, 44-43 at home on Jan. 20. The Pandas (18-4) have won four in a row since that game.
The Bluebirds had a chance to win after White missed the second free throw and junior forward Kelsey Listerman grabbed the rebound. But Highlands could not get a shot off for the win.
Listerman led the drive for the Bluebirds scoring 22 points. She made 6-of-10 shots including 4-of-5 three-point tries and all six free throws to go with five rebounds, two steals and an assist.
But no one else scored more than five points for the Bluebirds. Senior guard Piper Macke had three assists and three steals with freshman guard Alyssa Harris and junior forward Rory O'Hara recording two steals each.
Highlands made 10-of-27 shots for 37 percent including 4-of-8 three-point tries for 50 percent and 11-of-14 free throws for 79 percent. The Bluebirds also had 11 fouls, 12 turnovers, seven assists, two blocked shots and 10 steals.
White led Butler with 14 points. Junior Tiarra East added 11. The Bearettes made 14-of-37 shots for 38 percent and none of their 11 three-point shots along with 8-of-13 from the free-throw line for 62 percent. Butler also had 21 rebounds, 12 fouls, 12 turnovers, two assists and three steals.
Highlands does not play again until Feb. 13. The Bluebirds travel to Union to face the defending state champion Ryle Lady Raiders (13-11). Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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