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Monday, December 6, 2021

Bluebirds Lose Late Lead, Game Against McCracken County

Highlands Falls in Overtime

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore Cam Giesler gets in position in a recent game.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (1-2 overall) led the McCracken County Mustangs (3-0), 47-33 entering the fourth quarter in the rematch of last year's state quarterfinal game.

But the Mustangs rallied with a 22-8 fourth quarter sending the game to over time. McCracken County then outscored Highlands, 8-2 in the overtime frame to win 63-57 in the Marshall County Hoopfest on Saturday.

Turnovers hurt Highlands in this contest. The Bluebirds had 19 to six for the Mustangs. McCracken County scored 20 points off the turnovers to nine for Highlands.

Both teams displayed balanced scoring. Highlands saw senior guard Zach Barth lead the way with 14 points. Senior forward Oliver Harris and junior guard Will Herald scored 10 each. Sophomore center Brody Benke also chipped in 10. Harris added 12 rebounds for a double-double.

The Bluebirds made 24-of-49 shots for 49 percent including 3-of-15 from three-point range for 20 percent. They also hit 6-of-10 free throws for 60 percent.

Highlands had 40 rebounds, 20 personal fouls, 12 assists, four blocked shots and four steals. Senior guard Leyton Read had five assists and Barth blocked two shots.

McCracken County made 20-of-58 shots for 36 percent including 5-of-22 three-point tries for 22 percent and 18-of-26 free throws for 69 percent. The Mustangs also had 29 rebounds, 12 fouls, five assists, three blocked shots and 12 steals.

Senior guard Brant Brower scored 17 points to lead the Mustangs. Junior Jack McCune, senior Cason Tilford and junior Ian Hart had 12 each.

The Bluebirds hope to bounce back against the Scott Eagles (0-2) on Tuesday in Fort Thomas. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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