|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior Kiersten Clukey (middle) goes in for a shot in Monday's game against Ashland at Conner. Clukey saw her first action this year after returning from injury. Highlands won 48-35.|
Highlands (8-2) took down the four-time 16th Region champion Ashland Blazer Kittens, 48-35 behind a solid game from senior post McKenzie Leigh. Leigh scored 22 points making 8-of-15 shots including one three-pointer.
Highlands made 16-of-47 shots for 34 percent including 2-of-17 from three-point range for 12 percent. The Ladybirds made the most of their free-throw tries hitting 14-of-22 for 64 percent.
Ashland made just 11-of-38 shots for 29 percent including 3-of-15 from three-point range for 20 percent. The Kittens also hit 10-of-14 free-throw attempts for 71 percent.
Mykasa Robinson led Ashland with 23 points. She made 7-of-9 free-throw tries.
Highlands takes on Notre Dame (6-2) to continue the tournament at Conner at 1:30 p.m. Notre Dame edged Marshall County, 44-40 to open the tournament.
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