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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Huntington Prep Snaps Highlands Winning Streak

Bluebirds Lose First Game in Queen City Classic

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior forward Oliver Harris (13) gets in position during a recent game.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (6-3 overall) saw its five-game winning streak snapped in the Queen City Holiday Classic at Cincinnati McNicholas in an 89-61 loss to the Huntington (West Virginia) Prep Irish.

Junior 6-foot-8-inch forward Ron Jessamy scored 18 points for Huntington Prep. Senior 6-5 guard Jimma James scored 25. The Irish made 4-of-5 free throws for 80 percent

Highlands saw three players reach double figures. Junior guard Will Herald led the way with 20 points making five three pointers. Senior forward Oliver Harris and sophomore center Brody Benke scored 10 points each. 

The Bluebirds made 21-of-65 shots for 32 percent including 6-of-25 three-point tries for 24 percent and 13-of-20 free throws for 65 percent. They also had 39 rebounds. Senior forward Cole Kocher led the way with eight.

The Bluebirds take on Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft back at McNicholas on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

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