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Friday, February 14, 2020

Highlands Unable to Defeat Defending State Champs

Bluebirds Head to Covington on Saturday

Highlands senior Maggie Hinegardner (13) boxes out in the game at Ryle on Thursday.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (17-9 overall) ventured to Union with the opportunity to take down the defending state champion Ryle Lady Raiders (15-11) on Thursday.

It did not happen. Ryle won 58-51.

Senior guard Maddie Scherr and junior guard/forward Brie Crittendon average 16.1 and 16 points respectively to lead Ryle entering the game. Highlands Scherr, a University of Oregon commit, to 10 points and Crittendon to nine.

But others stepped forward for Ryle. Freshman guard Abby Holtman scored 18 and senior guard Jaiden Douthit scored 10. Eighth grade forward Quinn Eubank added eight.

Ryle made 21-of-52 shots for 40 percent including 7-of-28 from three-point range for 25 percent and 9-of-10 free throws for 90 percent. The Lady Raiders also had 24 rebounds, 14 fouls, nine turnovers, nine assists, three blocked shots and eight steals. Scherr added six assists and five steals. Crittendon had seven rebounds.

The Bluebirds saw senior guard Piper Macke led the way scoring 16 points to go with five rebounds, two steals an an assist. Senior guard Maggie Hinegardner added 11 points.

Highlands made 17-of-44 shots for 39 percent including 9-of-21 three-point tries for 43 percent and 8-of-11 free throws for 73 percent. The Bluebirds also had 30 rebounds, 11 fouls, 16 turnovers, 10 assists, one blocked shot and nine steals. Junior forward Rory O'Hara had nine points, six rebounds and three steals for the Bluebirds.

Highlands travels to Covington Holmes (4-21) on Saturday. Game time is 2:30 p.m.

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