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In their final regular season home games, the two leading scorers for the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team joined an elite club.
Senior forward Kelsey Listerman needed just one point to do it and senior forward Rory O'Hara needed 22. Listerman scored seven points to surpass the 1,000 career point total to go with five rebounds and O'Hara had a double-double of 22 points and 10 points to reach the mark as the Bluebirds (17-4 overall) knocked off the Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts (7-16) by a 54-19 count Monday.
Ten different Bluebirds saw action in the win with eight scoring. Senior forward Emma Riccobene scored eight points.
Junior 6-foot-0-inch center CC Shick returned to action for the first time since the 58-12 win at Bellevue on Jan. 12. Shick scored five points and had four rebounds and two assists.
"It was great to be back out on the court with my teammates," Shick said. "We played good team basketball. We knew where we needed to get the ball. I think it all worked out."
Highlands led 19-2 after one and 35-10 at halftime. The Bluebirds led 47-17 entering the fourth quarter. They've given up an average of 17.5 points in the last two games.
"We just play our defense and we've been rebounding the ball extremely well," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "That's one thing we've really been stressing in practice."
The Bluebirds made 19-of-46 shots for 41 percent including 7-of-17 three-point tries for 41 percent and 9-of-13 free throws for 69 percent. They also had 25 rebounds, six fouls, two turnovers, eight assists, one blocked shot and nine steals.
Lloyd Memorial saw freshman Addelyn Bohms led the way with seven points. The Juggernauts made 7-of-21 shots for 33 percent including 1-of-11 from three-point range for nine percent and 4-of-8 free throws for 50 percent. They also had 12 rebounds, six fouls and nine turnovers.
Highlands held Lloyd Memorial junior Morgan Jenkins to four points. She averaged 12.6 points per game entering the game.
"She's a really good shooter," Richey said. "They had a girl out with a concussion. She's one of their better players. They're just trying to gear up for the postseason and get healthy."
Highlands concludes the regular season Wednesday at Franklin County (11-5). Game time is 6:30 p.m.