|Bluebirds Defeated in Lexington|
|Highlands eighth grader Marissa Green (10) and junior Carissa Armstrong (2) defend in a recent junior varsity game. Green scored 12 points in the 58-12 Highlands victory at Bellevue on Tuesday.|
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (3-3) dominated its 36th District contest, 58-12 over the host Bellevue Tigers (0-5) on Saturday.
"We talked before the game about how we wanted focus on ourselves and I thought we did that," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We passed the ball extremely well. One of the things we talked about was getting the ball in the paint. Let's not do one pass then shoot a three because we haven't been shooting threes real well. We wanted to pass it in then if you get doubled, pass it back out and be ready to shoot."
Senior forward Rory O'Hara and junior center CC Shick have been the top options in the post. But eighth grader Marissa Green had a huge game leading the Bluebirds with 12 points. Senior forward Kelsey Listerman scored 11 and O'Hara had nine.
"I have to score for my team," Green said. "I just have to get the ball and check my surroundings. I also try to find open teammates."
Highlands made 1-of-5 free throws for 20 percent and Bellevue made 1-of-6 for 17 percent. The Tigers did have anyone score more than four points.
Highlands travels to North Oldham (0-1) on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.
Lexington Catholic 73, Highlands 57:
The Bluebirds (2-2) lost on the road to the undefeated Knights (6-0) on Sunday.
Highlands had no answer for senior guard Ben Johson and sophomore forward Reece Potter. Johnson made 11-of-22 shots including 4-of-10 three-point tries on his way to 29 points to go with eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Potter had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Jack Gohmann added 10 points and nine assists.
LexCath made 28-of-56 shots for 50 percent including 6-of-17 from three-point range for 35 percent and 11-of-14 free throws for 79 percent. The Knights also had 37 rebounds, 14 fouls, 21 assists, 11 turnovers, three blocked shots and seven steals.
Highlands senior point guard Sam Vinson put together a solid game with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Zach Barth scored 10 points and senior forward Luke Muller had nine points.
The Bluebirds made 21-of-55 shots for 38 percent including 9-of-27 from three-point range for 33 percent and 6-of-8 free throws for 75 percent. Highlands also had 27 rebounds, 14 fouls, 14 assists, 11 turnovers, one block and six steals.
Highlands travels to Oldham County (1-0) on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.