|Bluebirds Hang Tough for Three Quarters|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior center CC Shck gets in defensive position in a recent game.|
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (1-4 overall) stayed with the host Covington Holy Cross Indians (3-3) through three quarters before the Indians pulled away for a 57-29 victory.
Highlands is 0-3 against 9th Region opponents. Holy Cross is 1-2.
The Indians put 10 players in double figures. Junior guard Aleah Arlinghaus led the way with 15 and sophomore center/forward Julia Hunt scored 12.
Holy Cross made 25-of-61 shots for 41 percent including 5-of-30 from three-point range for 17 percent and 2-of-5 free throws for 40 percent. The Indians gathered 32 rebounds. Senior forward Hanna Robinson led the way with nine.
The Bluebirds saw eight different players score. Freshman 6-foot-2-inch center Marissa Green led the way with seven points and nine rebounds.
Highlands made 9-of-36 shots for 25 percent including 2-of-12 from three-point range for 17 percent and 9-of-13 free throws for 69 percent. The Bluebirds also had 28 rebounds.
The Bluebirds play in the Assumption Rockets Christmas Tournament in Louisville on Dec. 21 at 4:45 p.m. The opponent is Trimble County (0-4) from the 8th Region.
Highlands placed 29th out of 32 teams at the state finals scoring 80.7 points over the weekend. The Bluebirds had finished second out of seven teams in the Region 9/10 meet scoring 94.4 behind Pendleton County's 98.
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