|First Quarter Deficit Too Much to Overcome for Bluebirds|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Zach Barth (10) and Will Herald (left) slide into position on defense in a recent game.|
The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (3-3 overall) fell behind 25-9 after the first quarter to the Covington Catholic Colonels (7-1) and could not recover in an 81-65 defeat Saturday at home.
Junior center Mitchell Rylee led the Colonels with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore forward Chandler Starks had 22 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double and senior guard Donovan Stocks scored 19.
Covington Catholic made 30-of-51 shots for 59 percent including 5-of-13 from three-point range for 39 percent and 16-of-23 free throws for 70 percent. The Colonels also had 37 rebounds.
Senior point guard Sam Vinson again led Highlands with 22 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Luke Muller scored 10.
Highlands made 25-of-51 shots for 49 percent and 7-of-11 free throws for 64 percent. The Bluebirds also had 18 rebounds, nine assists, six steals and 13 turnovers.
The Bluebirds travel to Scott (3-2) on Tuesday. Game time is 6 p.m.