It came down to the wire between Highlands and Cherokee boys varsity basketball teams on Tuesday. Highlands was down by 1 point with 3 seconds left, Highlands Hunter Collins stole the ball at half court and dished it off to Dillon Schmitt. However, in the 3 short seconds Schmitt had, he could not get open to take the shot before the buzzer.
Highlands next plays a nonconference game at 8 p.m. on Jan. 22 away against Rosman.
Highlands Dillon Schmitt hears the buzzer before he gets off a possible game-winning shot against Cherokee on Tuesday at home. Highlands lost 56-55. Editor’s Note: With 3 seconds left and down by a point, Highlands Hunter Collins steals the ball and dishes it to Dillon Schmitt. Schmitt is one of the quickest players I’ve seen and he gave it everything he had to get open for a split second to get the shot off. Kudos to Cherokee’s defense during those last 3 seconds, Schmitt was never given a clean look at the hoop.
Highlands Destin Gearhart goes up for the lay up but the Cherokee player is reaching behind his own back to stop the shot and draws the whistle.
Highlands Mattson Gates stakes out his usual spot on the court scrambling for tipped rebounds amidst a slew of flailing limbs.
Things escalated when a coach from Cherokee (seen in background of photo) was thrown out of the game for a comment a player from the bench made concerning tucked in uniforms.
Highlands Hunter Collins jumps to reject Cherokee’s shot and was called for the foul.
Highlands Jake Billingsley shoots a half-court shot at the end of half buzzer.
Highlands Drew Chalker forces a play by driving to the inside only to pass it off to Hunter Collins under the hoop for the quick 2 points.
Highlands Destin Gearhart and Jake Billngsley show support for Dillon Schmitt after time ran out on the clock and Highlands lost.
Highlands High School cheerleaders show that it takes coordination and effort from all of those involved to get the stunt done successfully.
Highlands Destin Gearhart gets airborne to take the shot against Cherokee on Tuesday.
Below is a slideshow of two enthusiastic Highlands fans (Reese Schmitt and Jeslyn Head) who use a timeout to shake out the nerves of the close game.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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