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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Highlands (#6 in the state), beats Holmes 90-61

Bluebirds Playing Well as Postseason Approaches

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. 


The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (19-4 overall) managed another win over the Covington Holmes Bulldogs (4-14) on the road Tuesday. They are now ranked #6 in the state in the KSR Prep Rankings. 

But this one was not as close. The Bluebirds won 90-61 after an 89-78 victory in Fort Thomas on Feb. 24. Highlands has also beaten Campbell County twice this year.

"We're just very efficient on offense," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "We talk about taking good shots and sharing the basketball. Our guys have just done a great job of that all year long."

The Bluebirds saw nine different players score including four in double figures. Senior point guard Sam Vinson again led the way with 29 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot  for a double-double.

Highlands senior forward Luke Muller scored 18 making four three-pointers with junior guard Leyton Read and sophomore guard Will Herald scoring 10 each. Junior guard Zach Barth scored nine.

"When we all share the ball and take good shots, we get up on teams," Barth said. "We practice finding one more pass." 

Highlands made 34-of-62 shots for 55 percent including 13-of-24 from three-point range for 54 percent and 9-of-12 free throws for 75 percent. The Bluebirds also had 33 rebounds, 20 assists and seven steals. Barth added seven assists and five steals.

Holmes made 22-of-62 shots for 36 percent including 4-of-21 three-point tries for 19 percent and 13-of-14 free throws for 93 percent. The Bulldogs also had 39 rebounds, five assists, five steals and 12 turnovers.

Senior guard Quantez Calloway led the way with 28 points. Sophomore forward Eiam Elmer scored 14 with senior forward Mike Hall scoring 10. Elmer also had nine rebounds.

"I felt like this was one of our best defensive games to be totally honest," Listerman said. "They executed our game plan. We did a really good job of keeping the ball out of the lane for the most part forcing them to take tough twos and contested threes. We didn't do as good a job on the defensive glass as I'd have liked. But that's a lot of credit to Holmes."

Highlands concludes the season against a home school team in the Cincinnati Trailblazers. Game time is 6 p.m.



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