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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Highlands Downs Holmes, moves to 15-4

Bluebirds Own Six Straight Wins

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior guard Leyton Read brings the ball up the court in a recent game.

18 N. Fort Thomas Ave. Located in the Hiland Building. 

The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (15-4) may not have run away with this one.

But the Bluebirds did come away with their sixth straight victory with an 89-78 victory over the Covington Holmes Bulldogs (3-9) Wednesday in Fort Thomas. Highlands is 8-3 in 9th Region play.

"Holmes is a good basketball team," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "They have a lot of pieces. Their athleticism and ability to attack the basket really caused us a lot of problems. They shot the three well. Some of the guys that had been struggling knocked some shots down. But our guys were able to make some stops at critical times and we shot the ball really well."

Senior forward Luke Muller scored 30 and sophomore guard Will Herald added 28. The duo combined for 14 three-pointers.

Highlands senior point guard Sam Vinson battled foul trouble in this game. But junior guard Leyton Read made some big steals in the second half to help the Bluebirds extend the lead.

"As a team, we stepped up when Sam got in foul trouble," Read said. "We moved the ball really well. We had to handle the ball because losing Sam makes a big difference. It opens up a lot when we attack because we have the shooters. We get a lot of good shots."

Vinson still scored 17 points and seven rebounds and junior guard Zach Barth scored 11. Highlands made 35-of-63 shots for 56 percent including 16-of-27 from three-point range for 59 percent and 3-of-5 free throws for 60 percent to go with 21 rebounds. 

Senior guard Quantez Calloway led the Bulldogs with 30 points. Senior guard LC Brown followed with 22 and sophomore forward Eian Elmer scored 13. Holmes made 34-of-60 shots for 57 percent including 6-of-15 from three-point range for 40 percent and 4-of-7 free throws for 57 percent.

"It was good we had to handle some adversity," Listerman said. "We came out and pulled out a W coming off a big win the night before so I'm very proud of our kids."

The Bluebirds travel south to Morehead to face the Rowan County Vikings (8-1) from the 16th Region on Friday. Game time is 6 p.m.

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