Freshman 6-foot-2-inch center Marissa Green dazzled inside the paint on both ends, especially when she took the ball near the top of the paint and drove.
Green finished with 20 points making all four free throws. She also had a number of rebounds and blocks using her size along with senior 6-1 center CC Shick in the middle.
The issue for the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (0-3 overall) is finding more help for Green. Shick scored four points as the next of seven scorers for the Bluebirds out of the 12 that played in a 52-37 loss to the Owen County Lady Rebels (2-1) at Russell Bridges Gym in Fort Thomas.
Highlands continued to struggle outside with inexperience. The other senior in guard Meg Gessner played for the first time Monday. The lone returning starter for the Bluebirds in junior point guard Alyssa Harris and sophomore guard Laney Smith were not able to play. Smith saw limited varsity action last year.
The Bluebirds made just two triples scoring the most points in a game this year. Gessner and freshman guard Ellie Mohr made one each. But they did make 7-of-8 free throws for 88 percent.
Owen County saw two players scoring in double figures. They were junior forward Gracie Ferguson with 20 and senior guard Lexie Moore with 14. The Lady Rebels made 8-of-10 free throws for 80 percent.
Highlands plays most to Cincinnati (Ohio) Mercy McAuley (0-3) on Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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