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Friday, February 26, 2021

Highlands Downs Simon Kenton

Bluebirds Win Make-Up Non-Region Game

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore point guard Alyssa Harris slides past a pick in a recent game.

The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (13-5 overall) won a make-up non-region game over the Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers, 35-23 in a low-scoring affair Thursday in Fort Thomas.

The Lady Pioneers are struggling this season at 3-12. They are 2-5 against 9th Region opponents. They did not play a game for just more than two weeks earlier in February as a result of Coronavirus 2019 precautions.

"It's always good when you get a win. You could tell we hadn't played in six days and things like that," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We're going to get back to practice. The girls will have Saturday and Sunday off. We start the grind of postseason next week practicing a lot and playing more than one game a week."

Senior forwards Kelsey Listerman and Rory O'Hara once again led the Highlands efforts scoring 17 and 10 points respectively. Listerman made 5-of-7 shots including all three three-point tries to go with five rebounds and two steals before fouling out. O'Hara had seven rebounds and two steals.

"I think (Thursday) really taught us to play as a team," O'Hara said. "Just because things weren't exactly going out way, we did pull out a win. But it wasn't exactly pretty."

Highlands made 13-of-29 shots for 45 percent including 3-of-9 three-point shots for 33 percent and 6-of-14 free throws for 43 percent. The Bluebirds also had 25 rebounds, 17 fouls, 15 turnovers, five assists, no blocked shots and 10 steals. Highlands sophomore point guard Alyssa Harris had a team-high three steals.

"Coach (Jeffrey) Stowers at Simon Kenton does a great job defensively," Richey said. "We struggled putting the ball in the basket and taking care of the ball. You can't do that against a team like Simon Kenton because (the Lady Pioneers) are going to take advantage."

Simon Kenton made just 8-of-27 shots for just under 30 percent including 4-of-18 from three-point range for 22 percent and just 3-of-9 free throws for 33 percent. The Lady Pioneers had 14 rebounds, 12 fouls, 12 turnovers, one assist and five steals.

Freshman guard Kaylen Perry led Simon Kenton with 10 points. Junior guard Alexis Baker added eight.

The Bluebirds play Campbell County at home on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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