Fillies ground Bluebirds on senior night, 39-38

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By Joey Lewis

Prior to playing in their last regular season game on the Hilltop, four outstanding Fillies seniors were honored for their years of hard work and dedication to Harrison County basketball. Megan Bullock, Jessi Jett, Laura Kendall and Kacey Muntz were recognized along with their parents.

After the Monday night celebration of their careers, Bullock and Jett each scored 12 points to lead the Harrison County Fillies (13-13) to a close 39-38 victory over the Ft. Thomas Highlands Bluebirds (16-9).

The Fillies opened the first quarter with outstanding defensive pressure, denying Highlands a field goal until the 1:42 mark. During that stretch, Harrison County went on a 10-1 run leading 12-5 after the quarter.

The Bluebirds returned the favor, however, mounting a 12-4 run of their own to get the game back to 18-15 with two minutes left in the half.

Down the stretch of the first half, the Fillies scored three points and shut-out Highlands to take a 21-15 lead into the locker room.

After the break, Highlands took the fight to the Fillies, scoring 10 straight unanswered points to take their first lead of the game at 21-25. The Fillies reeled off five points to re-claim the lead, 26-25, to round out the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, big time play from senior Bullock, who scored seven of her 12 points in the final eight minutes, helped to make the difference for the Fillies.

Early in the quarter Harrison County trailed Highlands 32-34 when Bullock nailed a three that gave her team the lead for good. The Fillies matched the Bluebirds at 13 points scored in the fourth to take the one-point win.

Highlands 38 points represents their lowest total on the season; the team is averaging 60 points per game.

We found a way to win and thats all that makes a difference this time of year, said Fillies basketball coach Mac Whitaker. And it was against a very, very good team, too.

Bullock and Jett were the only Fillies to reach double-digit scoring.

Mallory Adler also scored 12 points in the game to lead Highlands.

In other recent basketball action, the Fillies fell at home to the Mason County Lady Royals (20-7) by a score of 43-65 in a 10th Region match up on Friday, Feb. 15.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Fillies traveled to play a make-up game against the Williamstown Lady Demons (8-18) and came away with a 55-31 victory. Jett led all scorers with 15 points, followed by Charley Hatfield with 14.

The Fillies travel to Alexandria tomorrow night to take on the Bishop Brossart Lady Stangs (14-9) in their final regular season game. The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, Feb. 25, the Fillies will return to the Hilltop to face the Nicholas County Ladyjackets (7-13) in the first round of the 38th District Tournament hosted by Harrison County. That game will tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

The Fillies are currently 8-6 in the 10th Region and 3-1 in the 38th District.