By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter
The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team earned its first victory of the year Monday.
Highlands (1-6) knocked off the Chesnee (S.C.) Eagles, 54-38 at the Cumberland Falls Invitational at Corbin. This marked the second opponent of the tournament for Highlands from the Palmetto State.
Highlands faced a four-star recruit in Chesnee’s Dion Holmes. He came in averaging 36 points a game, but Luke Brockett and Justin Weyer helped limit him to 18 points.
Bluebird senior Drew Houliston had a breakout game of 19 points. Teammate Parker Harris made the all-tournament team with eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Bluebirds do not play again until Saturday. They travel to Park Hills to take on the rival Covington Catholic Colonels (8-0) at 7:30 p.m.
Newport Central Catholic 56, Knott County Central 53:
The Thoroughbreds (8-3) rallied past the Patriots (9-2) to take third in the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic on Monday.
Drew McDonald led NewCath with 14 points and six rebounds. Grant Moeves and Jake Schulte followed with 11 points and Zach Pangallo had 10. McDonald and Ben Weyer made the all-tournament team for the Thoroughbreds.
NewCath travels to Covington Holy Cross (1-8) on Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.