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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Tight Loss for Highlands Bluebirds Girls Basketball

Five-Game Win Streak Ends for Highlands Girls Hoops

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior forward Kelsey Listerman brings the ball up-court in a recent game while senior Emma Mallery (top) runs to her left.

A slow start in the first quarter ended the five-game winning streak for the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (7-4 overall) Friday.

Highlands fell behind the Dixie Heights Colonels (8-2), 10-1 after the first quarter. The Bluebirds trailed 26-11 at halftime and 30-19 entering the fourth quarter before losing 36-33. Highlands is 4-3 against 9th Region competition.

Highlands senior forward Kelsey Listerman scored a team-high 11 points. No one else scored in double figures for the Bluebirds.

The Bluebirds made just 8-of-26 shots for 31 percent from the field including 2-of-10 from three-point range for 20 percent and 11-of-13 free throws for 85 percent. Highlands also had five assists, six steals, 11 turnovers and 24 rebounds. Senior forward Rory O'Hara had a team-high eight rebounds.

Junior power forward Madelyn Lawson led Dixie Heights with 16 points and senior point guard Sydney Lockard had 13.

Highlands plays host to Conner (5-4) on Monday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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