Highlands boys varsity basketball team descended upon Cashiers and scored a solid victory against Blue Ridge on Friday with a final of 74-39.
With Hiwassee Dam’s win over Nantahala, Highlands clinches the regular season championship and gives them the first seed in the conference tournament.
“Varsity boys have done well this season, but we are a long way from wanting this season to end,” said Head Coach Brett Lamb. “We have played well at times and need to be playing our best going into the playoffs.”
Lamb added that the conference tournament is going to be challenging.
“Tournament will be tough having to face Blue Ridge again on their home court and then playing either Nantahala or Hiwassee Dam who both will be out to knock us off,” he said.
Blue Ridge boys varsity basketball team had a rough year going 5-18 in the regular season and 0-6 in conference. Blue Ridge Head Coach Nick Pressler said there were several obstacles to overcome throughout the season but is optimistic about the future.
“Both teams had to learn a new system and new staff,” said Pressler. “They played hard. This first year was going to be difficult. We knew that.”
The Bobcats lose four seniors this year who were recognized during the halftime of the girls varsity game.
“Losing seniors always hurts, but I think we are headed in the right direction,” said Pressler.
Blue Ridge boys junior varsity team has a winless record of 0-14 in regular season and 0-4 in conference.
Highlands boys junior varsity team’s win on Friday against Blue Ridge earned them the regular season championship and the first seed in the conference tournament.
After the conference tournament, the state playoff bracket will come out on Feb. 23, and playoffs begin on Feb. 26.
Scroll down past photos for tournament schedule.
Little Smoky Mountain Conference Basketball Tournament ~ 2019 schedule:
Monday, February 18 at Blue Ridge
|6:00||JV Boys||(2) Hiwassee Dam||VS||(3) Blue Ridge|
Tuesday, February 19 at Blue Ridge
(Starting times may vary)
|4:00||Varsity Girls||(1) Hiwassee Dam||VS||(4) Nantahala|
|5:30||Varsity Boys||(2)Hiwassee Dam||VS||(3) Nantahala|
|7:00||Varsity Girls||(2) Highlands||VS||(3) Blue Ridge|
|8:30||Varsity Boys||(1) Highlands||VS||(4) Blue Ridge|
Thursday, February 21 at Blue Ridge (Championship Round)
|4:00||JV Girls||Hiwassee Dam||VS||Highlands|