|Highlands Pulled Within Three at Halftime|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands senior Emma Mallery (22) watches after passing the ball to junior center CC Shick (right) in a recent game.|
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (2-2) battled back after a slow start in the first quarter in a battle against a 9th Region opponent.
The three-time defending 9th Region and 2019 state champion Ryle Lady Raiders built a 12-3 lead. But Highlands scored 18 points in the second quarter to trim it to 24-21 at halftime before Ryle (3-0) pulled away in the fourth quarter. Highlands is 1-2 in region play. No team has come within 18 points of Ryle so far this year.
Senior forward Rory O'Hara put together a solid game for Highlands. She made 8-of-11 shots for 73 percent on her way to 18 points. Senior forward Kelsey Listerman added nine points. But no one else had more than six points.
Highlands made 15-of-39 shots for 39 percent including 3-of-16 from three-point range for 19 percent. The Bluebirds only made 4-of-6 free throws for 67 percent and grabbed 16 rebounds to go with 17 fouls, nine turnovers, five assists and one steal.
Ryle made 20-of-35 shots for 57 percent including 6-of-14 three-point tries for 43 percent and 9-of-13 free throws for 69 percent. The Lady Raiders also had 14 fouls, five turnovers, two assists and one blocked shot.
Last year's Kentucky Ms. Basketball winner Maddie Scherr took her talents to the University of Oregon. But sophomore guard Abby Holtman scored 16 and junior guard Austin Johnson scored 12. Senior guard Brie Crittendon, an Eastern Kentucky University commit, scored nine.
Highlands plays at Walton-Verona (4-1) on Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Highlands 5, Newport Central Catholic 1:
Highlands won its first match of the season. Senior Tessa Killen led the Bluebirds bowling a 213.