Friday, January 05, 2001

Our Fearless Predictions for N.Ky. games




By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer contributor

        • HIGHLANDS at DIXIE HEIGHTS

        WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. today, Dixie Heights HS, 3010 Dixie Highway, Edgewood

        WHAT TO WATCH: Both Highlands (6-1) and Dixie (8-3) had impressive holiday tournament showings last week. The Bluebirds' third place finish in the Great Kentucky Shootout included a victory over defending Sixth Region champion Louisville Iroquois. The Colonels took second in the Ashland Invitational Tournament.

        The frontline matchups could determine tonight's winner. Highlands' senior Gino Guidugli averages 18 points per game, and junior Derrick Moeves is next with 12.

        Dixie counters with junior forward Joe Bramlage (16.2 points per game) and his brother, sophomore guard Russ (11.6).

        Highlands also looks to avenge last year's loss — the Bluebirds' first to Dixie since 1982.

        PICK: Highlands.

        • CONNER at ST. HENRY

        WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. today, St. Henry District HS, 3755 Scheben Dr., Erlanger

        WHAT TO WATCH: Be honest, how many thought Conner would be 8-0 going into tonight's game? The Cougars might be Northern Kentucky's surprise team. They average 73 points per game while giving up 55.

        And St. Henry? A strong team, too. The Crusaders have won three of their last four on the way to 5-3 overall.

        PICK: Conner.

        • COVINGTON CATHOLIC at RYLE

        WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. today, Ryle HS, 10379 U.S. 42, Union

        WHAT TO WATCH: CovCath has rebounded from last Friday's loss to Cincinnati St. Xavier. The Colonels have won two in a row, and they were 18-of-27 from the field in the second and third quarters of Tuesday's 80-54 win over Holy Cross.

        Ryle, meanwhile, has struggled. The Raiders are 2-3 over their past five games.

        PICK: Covington Catholic.

        • GRANT COUNTY at WALTON-VERONA

        WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m today, Walton-Verona HS, 30 School Rd., Walton

        WHAT TO WATCH: Two of the Eighth Region's best guards battle tonight when Grant County's Alan Shafer meets Walton-Verona's Robbie Huellemeier.

        Walton-Verona is 4-1 over their past five games, but Grant County is 6-1 over their past seven, including a 70-47 win over the Bearcats three weeks ago in Dry Ridge.

        PICK: Grant County.

        • OTHER GAMES

        Beechwood over Ludlow
        Bellevue over Villa Madonna
        Calvary Christian over Heritage Academy
        Silver Grove over Dayton
        Scott over Holy Cross
        Newport Central Catholic over Lloyd
        East Central over Newport
        Simon Kenton over Winchester George Rogers Clark
        Carroll County over Williamstown
        Silver Grove over Dayton

        Last week: 2-0, Season 24-7, .774.

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