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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Highlands Finishes Carespring Holiday Classic with Win

Bluebirds Blast Eagles

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior forward Oliver Harris bring the ball up in a recent game.

It has been a nice trend this season for the defending state champions.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (8-4 overall) drops a game and bounces back with a victory. Following a close 78-74 loss to Vestavia Hills (Alabama) on Tuesday, the Bluebirds took down the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Eagles, 91-56 at Russell Bridges Gymnasium in the Carespring Holiday Classic.

"Our kids responded very well and that's what I'm most proud of," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "Our guys were hungry knowing we kind of let one get away (Tuesday) in a very good game. We shared the basketball. We knocked down a lot of threes. We really controlled the game from the outset."

The Highlands coaching staff watched Cooper edge CHCA (4-4) in the first game Tuesday in overtime, 66-63. The Bluebirds led 46-25 at halftime and put the game out of reach in the third quarter leading 78-43 enforcing the running clock.

The Bluebirds saw 10 different player score. Junior guard Will Herald led the way scoring 27 points making seven three-pointers and senior guard Zach Barth scored 18 points making four triples with senior forward Oliver Harris scoring 12.

Reserves such as sophomore guard Nathan Vinson saw action in the fourth quarter. Nathan Vinson is trying to make his mark after seeing his older brother Sam Vinson lead the Bluebirds to the state championship last year.

"When I'm out there, I just try to go as hard as I can," Nathan Vinson said. "I try to get my teammates open shots among other things. (Sam) always showed me drills that I can do and just how to be a leader on and off the court."

Highlands made all three free throws and CHCA made 4-of-8 for 50 percent. Senior forward Jack Vogele and junior guard Weston Roberts led the Eagles scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.

"(The Eagles) tried to push it and they're quite as deep as we are," Listerman said. "Knocking down shots makes it more difficult to run. I felt we did a good job defending in the half-court, especially in the first half."

Highlands takes on Covington Holy Cross (9-3) on Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Bluebirds are 2-0 in 9th Region action while the Indians are 1-1.


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