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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Highlands Evens Record with Home Victory

Bluebirds Even Record

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands OZone Section cheered the Highlands boys basketball team to victory Tuesday.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (2-2 overall) withstood a big challenge from the visitors in their first home win of the season Tuesday.

The Bluebirds took down the Scott Eagles (0-3) by a 75-68 count. The two have lost to one common opponent in the undefeated Walton-Verona Bearcats (4-0).

Senior guard Zach Barth led Highlands with a solid game. Barth made 9-of-15 shots on his way to 23 points to go with four assists, three steals and two tipped passes.

"It's not just about roles. But it's how teams play you," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "If you become the focal point of the scouting report, you have to adjust your game. That is as much of a growth factor for us as anything else. We're trying to figure out guys and figure out pieces."

The Bluebirds put out their usual balanced attack. Senior forward Oliver Harris followed with 16. Senior forward Cole Kocher scored 13 and senior guard Leyton Read had 12. Junior guard Will Herald nearly put all five starters in double digits scoring nine.

"We know we are going to get the best shot from everybody," Harris said. "Coach Listerman's made that clear from day one. We just have to be better about preparing for that."

Highlands made 29-of-59 shots for 49 percent including 4-of-9 from three-point range for 44 percent and 13-of-23 free throws for 57 percent. The Bluebirds also had 23 rebounds, 11 assists, 16 fouls, nine steals, six tipped passes and eight turnovers. Harris had four assists.

Scott made 23-of-36 shots for 64 percent including 3-of-8 from three-point range for 38 percent and 19-of-25 free throws for 76 percent. The Eagles recorded 22 fouls, 16 rebounds, three assists, one steal, 18 turnovers and one steal.

Senior center Cameron Patterson led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds. Senior Riley Huff scored 16 with junior Brayden Howell chipping in 10.

Highlands travels to St. Henry (1-2) on Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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