Highlands varsity boys basketball team traveled to Franklin on Dec. 27 and took on the Panthers but lost in the final minutes, 65-63.
“I thought we played very well throughout the game,” said Highlands Coach Brett Lamb. “We had some great runs on offense and our man to man defense was great. We were outsized at most positions, but we used pressure defense and scrappy play to give ourselves a chance to win the game.”
Highlands Reid Carrier was on fire scoring 42 points helping keep the Highlanders neck and neck with the Panthers until the final minutes.
“He [Carrier] played great and his teammates did a great job recognizing he was hot and got him open with screens and got him the ball,” said Lamb. “A total team effort.”
He added Highlands took a hit to morale after the loss but they’re looking on the bright side.
“Our team took the loss tough but will use it to build on for the rest of our games,” said Lamb. “We played at a high level and have to find a way to have that same intensity each game.”
Despite the loss, Lamb said his players gave it their all.
“I am extremely proud of our guys of how they played and grew up as a team with this game,” he said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win and will build on the positive parts of this game for the future.”
Highlands next plays at home on Jan. 7 (today) against Nantahala. Varsity games begin at 6:15 p.m. Junior varsity boys play Summit Charter School at home beginning at 5 p.m. also on Jan. 7 (today).