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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Highlands Completes Another Trifecta

Bluebirds Earn 15th Win of Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands freshman Alyssa Harris (right) takes a pass in a recent game.
For the second straight week, the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (15-7 overall) played three straight games in three days.

But like last week, the Bluebirds won all three completing the week with a third straight win with a convincing 53-26 win over the host Boone County Lady Rebels (9-12) on Saturday. Highlands has won 11 of its last 12 games and moved to 8-1 in 9th Region action.

"It's just about taking care of our bodies," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highland Head Coach. "These girls are willing to take ice baths to help their bodies recover. We've talked about eating right and drinking fluids. They're ready to play three games (in a row). I thought our energy was great."

No one scored in double figures for either team. But 10 different players scored for Highlands. Senior guard Maggie Hinegardner and junior forward Emma Riccobene led the way with nine points and sophomore center CC Shick scored eight.

Highlands made 23-of-46 shots for 50 percent including 4-of-9 from three-point range for 44 percent and 3-of-8 free throws for 38 percent. The Bluebirds also had 33 rebounds, eight fouls, 11 turnovers, 14 assists, three blocked shots and seven steals.

"It's definitely tough, but I have to push through for the team," said Anna Greenwell, Highlands sophomore guard. "We have to do it for the seniors. They've been there since day one working their tails off for the team."

Senior guard Piper Macke had four assists, one blocked shot and three steals for Highlands. Junior forward Rory O'Hara had six rebounds, three assists and two steals with junior forward Kelsey Listerman scoring seven to go with four rebounds and three assists. Shick blocked two shots.

Junior shooting guard/small forward Kelsie Anderson and junior point guard Adrianna Haynes came into the game leading Boone County averaging 14.5 and 11.7 points per game respectively and junior guard Skylar Holder averaged eight. Highlands held Anderson to nine points, Haynes scoreless and Holder to two points. Junior guard Mackenzie Tackett scored eight.

Boone County made 11-of-42 shots for 26 percent including 3-of-22 from three-point range for 14 percent and 1-of-3 free throws for 33 percent. The Lady Rebels also had 20 rebounds, 12 fouls, 16 turnovers, four assists and two steals.

"We played a lot of zone because we knew Boone County liked to drive the paint and kick out," Richey said. "We did a great job of playing defense. Fortunately, Boone County had a bad night shooting the ball. We wanted to make sure they were all contested shots."

Highlands travels to Conner (15-8) on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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