Mixed bag for boys basketball against rival Covington Catholic


Karter Houze

Senior Sam Vinson dunks the ball during the start of the first quarter.

     The Highlands Boys Basketball program ended up with a mixed bag of finishes against rival Covington Catholic (CovCath). 

     It started with the freshmen game. The game started off well for Highlands leaving them just six points behind by the end of the first quarter. The score was 16-10. The boys pushed through the second quarter letting only two points slip past them as they slowly caught up. The third quarter consisted of the boys still just slightly behind CovCath. The crowd roared as each play commenced, inspiring every player on the court to play the best they could. The score at the end of the third quarter was 28-25. With the fourth quarter starting, the boys put all efforts into winning the game, but came just short. The final score of the game was 43-41. 

     The junior varsity team ended up being the sole winner of the weekend, beating CovCath 55-46. 

     The varsity game was a final opportunity to win. The first quarter ended with CovCath up by 25 points and Highlands with just nine points. However, in the second quarter, Highlands tried to rally, scoring 16 points during the second quarter – almost double of that of the first quarter.

     At the end of halftime, Highlands was still down by 11 the score being 38-27. Highlands unfortunately could not come up with the win and lost by 16. The final score was 81-65, CovCath. 

     Senior Sam Vinson reflected on the game, saying, “Of course it’s tough losing to your rival. These games are just learning games to get ready for districts and regions.”

      The junior varsity and varsity teams will play at home on Thursday, December 28 against Bellevue High School. The junior varsity game will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the varsity game at 7:00 p.m.