Girls varsity basketball wins District Tournament, advances to Regional Tournament set to face Holy Cross

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Lexie Crawford

Senior Rory O’Hara looks to make a pass.

      After winning the District Tournament for the seventh consecutive year, beating out Newport and NCC, the Highlands girls varsity basketball team is heading to the KHSAA Regional Tournament, where they’ll first face off against Holy Cross on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. 

     The team is going in with the goal of getting as far as they can in the tournament. If they win Thursday’s matchup with Holy Cross, they will advance to play the winner of the Dixie vs. Cooper game.

     Head Coach Jamie Richey said, “Every game will be hard. There is no tomorrow. We must win every game to advance.”

      Led by seniors Kelsey Listerman, Rory O’Hara, and Emma Riccobene, the team’s strategy is to remain focused during the duration of the tournament and ensure that the whole court is in-tune with what is happening on both the offensive and defensive fronts. Overall, the team has been playing very well and working as a unit, demonstrating, undoubtedly, their “best basketball of the year.”

      Overall, Richey echoes that the team’s overall feeling toward a shot at the regional title is excitement. The team has played Holy Cross once already this season, winning by a narrow margin of 48-46. The girls want to continue the positive forward momentum and bring home a second win. 

     O’Hara said, “I’m feeling good. I think we have a real chance at winning regionals, and I think if we continue to play smart and play as a team we are going to go far.”

     We wish the girls luck in their upcoming match at home against Holy Cross and in the rest of the regional tournament.