Highlands girls varsity basketball team disappointed with loss to Smoky Mountain

Highlands girls varsity basketball team once again hit the court in Franklin for the second day of the High School Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29, this time facing up against Smoky Mountain. It was a severe lashing by the Mustangs with a final of 63-27. Fun fact, during high school play when the spread on the board is over 40 points the game clock continues to run regardless of what’s happening on the court, which happened at a couple of points throughout the game on Saturday.

Highlands Abby Olvera makes a break for the inside against Smoky Mountain at the High School Holiday Tournament over the weekend. Highlands lost 63-27.

Highlands Kedra McCall rejects a Smoky Mountain player’s shot coming in the behind on Saturday.

Highlands Julia Schmitt (#4) and Hannah Holt (#10) keep the pressure on Smoky Mountain while avoiding stomping on Kedra McCall who’s laying on the ground trying not to catch a flailing limb to the head.

The scramble for this ball began with Highlands Abby Olvera in the background and morphed into Highlands Haley Borino making a similar dive to save the ball.

Highlands Kedra McCall makes a diving save to keep the ball in bounds against Smoky Mountain.

Highlands Head Coach Jake Page calmly explains to the referee that he disagrees with a call while playing Smoky Mountain on Saturday.

Some Highlands fans shared their disappointment with the play calls by the referees. This is not the same call as the previous photo.

Highlands Reese Schmitt barely misses stealing a pass against Smoky Mountain at the High School Holiday Tournament.

Highlands Brooklyn Houston blocks out the crowd’s taunts and drains the free throw.

Photos by Brian O’Shea
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