|Highlands Co-Ed Bowling Also Wins|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands Head Coach Kevin Listerman (center) goes over things before a recent game. The Bluebirds outlasted Dixie Heights, 88-81 in double overtime Thursday.|
The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team is figuring some things out at this point in the season.
Head Coach Kevin Listerman pointed out the challenges with the delay of the season until January including no scrimmages as a result of the Coronavirus 2019 pandemic. But Highlands (2-1 overall) figured some things out with an 88-81 double-overtime victory over the Dixie Heights Colonels (3-2) on Thursday in Fort Thomas.
"We talked about finishing. We've talked a lot about playing with an edge and really trying to develop an identity for our team and our kids are trying," Listerman said. "This is a little bit of a product of not having a summer. Every team is going through that a little bit. I'm proud of our kids. They didn't panic. We got down early. They kept playing and we took the lead. The bottom line is we didn't get great shots. But we made sure they didn't get a shot, which shows a lot of maturity. Then in overtime, we were able to extend the lead. I'm so proud of our kids for fighting."
Highlands senior point guard Sam Vinson did his thing scoring 34 points making two three-pointers to go with 10 rebounds and six assists for a double-double. He added the exclamation point to the win with a reverse slam dunk.
But the Bluebirds had eight different players score. Senior forward Luke Muller had 14 points including key buckets and free throws in the overtime sessions. Sophomore guard William Herald made four three-pointers on his way to 20 points and junior guard Leyton Read scored nine.
Highlands made 32-of-61 shots for 52 percent and 13-of-18 free throws for 72 percent. The Bluebirds also had 26 rebounds and 13 assists.
Dixie Heights saw seven different players score. Senior Jason Summe led the way with 20 and junior 6-foot-7-inch Billy Wogenstahl scored 18 and had 11 rebounds for a double-double. Senior Ian Snelling and junior Keirnan Geraci scored 14 each.
"(Dixie Heights Head) Coach (Roger) Stainforth has a really good team. They have a veteran team," Listerman said. "They run their stuff. They do what they do and they do it pretty well."
The red Colonels made 35-of-69 shots for 51 percent and 6-of-10 free throws for 60 percent. They also had 38 rebounds and four assists.
Highlands plays at Lexington Catholic (4-0) on Sunday in its first road game of the season. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Highlands 4, Bishop Brossart 3:
Highlands won its first co-ed match of the season at Southern Lanes. Senior Amana Parrott bowled a 197 to lead the Bluebirds.
Highlands has a girls match Tuesday at Bellewood. Game time is 3:30 p.m.