Highlands girls varsity basketball team defends turf against Tallulah Falls

Highlands girls varsity basketball team hosted Tallulah Falls on Monday and took the win 64-49.

Highlands girls varsity basketball team front row from left are Jeslyn Head, Reese Schmitt, Hayley Borino, Kedra McCall, and Bella Branham. Back row from left are Sayla Roman, Lilly Bryson, Brooklyn Houston, Bailey Schmitt, Ava Schmitt, Jordan Carrier, and Madi Webb.

The Lady Highlanders started off slow in the first half and were down by about 10 points going into halftime. Highlands Coach Jake Page said the girls took it upon themselves to step it up in the second half.

“I didn’t do anything, it was all the girls,” said Page. “We were in foul trouble in the first half, then in the second they started rebounding and the difference was in the defense.”

Highlands Julia May Schmitt puts the pressure on Tallulah’s offense on Monday at home.

Highlands Hayley Borino put 18 points on the board, and Julia May Schmitt and Jordan Carrier both racked up 16 points.

“Julia kept us alive in the first half, said Page. “And in the second, we moved the ball around and started taking shots, and the defense stepped it up,” said Page.

Highlands next plays at 6:15 p.m. at home against Rosman on Friday.

Highlands Jordan Carrier takes it to the hole for 2 points.

Highlands Hayley Borino brings the ball up the court at home.

Highlands Kedra McCall and Julia May Schmitt (#4) wrestle for the ball against Tallulah Falls.

Highlands Ashlynn Wilson and the rest of the Highlands High School cheerleaders perform during halftime and rock stunts like the one Wilson is rocking above like a boss.

Highlands Jeslyn Head (hands in front of face) is feeling the pressure on the sidelines and can barely watch the action unfold.

Highlands Lilly Bryson drains the free throw against Tallulah Falls.

Highlands Coach Jake Page’s enthusiasm on the sidelines is just awesome.

Highlands High School cheerleader Rebekah Wiggins sends out the positive vibes during a Highlands free throw.

Highlands Kedra McCall sends out a risky cross-court pass that pays off for two points against Tallulah.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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