Highlands Middle School girls basketball team wins at home against Blue Ridge

Highlands Middle School girls basketball team took on Blue Ridge at home on Monday that ended with a hard-earned 16-9 Highlands win.

Highlands Jaylin Raby tries to drive to the hoop under pressure by Blue Ridge Taylor Ohler.

Highlands MacKenzie Woods said The Lady Bobcats brought a 3-point threat that lingered throughout the game and the Lady Highlanders started to get frustrated.

“We did good, but we started fighting with each other really easily and didn’t work together to score more points,” said Woods. “And the whole time we had to adjust to Blue Ridge’s 3-point shots.”

Blue Ridge Vanessa Russell drives down the court playing on the road against Highlands.

Highlands tried out a new defense on Monday and Abbie Doerter said it worked out well.

“We did really good,” said Doerter.  “We were introduced to a new defense a couple of days ago. Given that it was new, we did well. I wish I shot more, but I made some good passes.”

Blue Ridge Vaness a Russell said the Lady Bobcats are steadily improving.

“We did better on defense, but our shooting wasn’t the best,” said Russell. “They had a new defense, I was set up on the outside and we just couldn’t get the ball down low.”

Blue Ridge Taylor Ohler said Highlands was tough to beat on the boards.

“They rebounded better than us and that made a difference,” said Ohler. “I think our defense was better than last game, but our shooting was way off. We need to work on that.”

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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