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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bluebirds Win Home 36th Contest

Highlands Routes Dayton

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands junior Griffin Huber (15) goes up for a shot in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds basketball team (9-8 overall) dressed 18 players for the 36th District contest against the Dayton Greendevils (3-14).

The Bluebirds received contributions from nearly all of them in a 75-29 domination of the Greendevils to move to 1-1 in district action. Highlands won its third in a row despite not playing in a week.

"That is a concern how smooth we'll be on offense, how smooth we'll be able to do things," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "For the most part, I was really pleased with what we did - how we moved the basketball. We had a lot of guys that were really unselfish. They looked for the extra pass. I thought for the most part, our defensive focus was really solid."

Highlands hit 30-of-53 shots for 57 percent including 10-of-20 from three-point range for 50 percent. Dayton made just 11-of-35 shots for 31 percent including 2-of-9 from three-point range for 22 percent. The Bluebirds also made 5-of-7 free throws for 71 percent and the Greendevils made 5-of-10 for 50 percent.

"We wanted to stay focused and we wanted to stay very simple," Listerman said. "Great plays happen because guys are playing extremely hard. We wanted to execute the things we'd been working on in practice then stay within ourselves and play to our strengths. After the first couple minutes, we did that. Once we made our first basket, we were able to get into our press. We really dictated the tempo and the flow of the game."

Highlands also won the rebounding battle, 35-16. Junior Ben Sisson led the Bluebirds with 10 points and four rebounds. He's slowly been working his way back into the line-up after returning from a football injury.

"It was amazing getting back out there with my teammates," Sisson said. "We just have to work as a team. As I'm coming back, I have to get used to playing with these guys again because it's been a while. The more we play together, the more comfortable we'll get."

Highlands plays at Dixie Heights (8-9) in 9th Region action Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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