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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Highlands Girls Basketball Handles Cooper

Bluebirds Win Second Straight

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Emma Riccobene (center) plays defense in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team is back at .500 on the season at 6-6 with a 71-32 win on the road against the Cooper Lady Jaguars.

Junior post Rory O'Hara led Highlands with 15 points. Senior guards Piper Macke and Maggie Hinegardner scored 13 points each and senior forward Meghan Walz scored eight.

"It's always easy when you make shots to start the game," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "I think we started the game making 6-of-6 shots from three. We just try to go 1-0 each day. We have to get back to practice (Wednesday) and get better."

Highlands made 25-of-42 shots for 60 percent including 13-of-20 three-point tries for 65 percent and 8-of-11 free throws for 73 percent. The Bluebirds recorded 23 rebounds, five turnovers, 20 assists, one blocked shot and three steals. Junior Kelsey Listerman had eight rebounds for the Bluebirds with junior guard Emma Mallery and freshman guard Alyssa Harris recording five assists each.

"We communicated really well and we worked together as a team," Harris said. "Just being together off the court, we've really grown as a team and it's helped us become a better team and just players in general."

Defensively, Highlands wanted to always know where eighth grader Liz Friehofer stood on the court. The Bluebirds held her to six points. Only one player scored more than 10 points for Cooper (6-7) in Lind with 12.

Cooper made 13-of-32 shots for 41 percent including 1-of-8 three-point shots for 13 percent and 5-of-10 free throws for 50 percent. The Lady Jaguars also had 13 rebounds, eight fouls, five turnovers, five assists and two blocked shots.

Highlands does not play again until Monday at home against Indian Hill (Ohio). Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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