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Friday, February 19, 2021

Highlands Unable to Come Through Down Stretch

Highlands Drops Close One

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior forward Kelsey Listerman (right) gets in position to drive in a recent game.

The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (11-5 overall) lost its home battle to the Cooper Lady Jaguars (12-2) on Thursday in 9th Region action.

Cooper has won eight in a row with one loss coming to undefeated Anderson County. Highlands has still won nine of its last 11 games.

Highlands held Cooper's leading scorer in sophomore forward Whitney Lind to just five points. But sophomore guard Kay Freihofer scored 12 and freshman forward Logan Lueggers-Palmer added 10. Lind averaged 17 points per game entering the contest.

Cooper made 12-of-27 shots for 44 percent including 4-of-13 from three-point range for 57 percent and 13-of-15 free throws for 87 percent to go with 13 rebounds, 14 fouls, eight turnovers, three assists and three steals. Highlands made 9-of-22 shots for 41 percent including 4-of-10 from three-point range for 40 percent and 14-of-16 free throws for 88 percent to go with 13 rebounds, 18 fouls, 15 turnovers, six assists, one blocked shot and nine steals.

Highlands forwards Kelsey Listerman and Rory O'Hara again led the way scoring 14 and 11 respectively. Listerman added eight rebounds, two assists and two steals and O'Hara had two steals. Sophomore point guard Alyssa Harris had three steals.

The Bluebirds will try to bounce back against Scott on Saturday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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