Highlands MS girls basketball team defends home turf against Summit

Highlands Middle School girls basketball team took on Summit Charter at home on Thursday and won with a final of 26-6.

Highlands Coach Tim Dearth said the Lady Highlanders performed well on the court and are improving each game.

“As a coach, I feel like our girls played great, they are starting to play up to their potential,” said Dearth. “The 8th-graders really stepped up to help lead the way.”

Highlands Jaylin Raby looking to shut down options for Summit Anna Johnson.

Summit Coach Kaylee O’Dwyer said it was first game coming back from Christmas break so things can be a little rusty from not playing for almost a month.  

“We took good shots and had good defensive stops, but there are also things we need to continue to get better at as a team,” said O’Dwyer. “However, we have improved so much from our first game this year and I’m so proud of all the girls for their hard work.”

Highlands Abbie Doerter sends the ball under the hoop with a long pass inside.

Highlands next plays at 4 p.m. on Jan. 13 away against Nantahala.

Summit next plays at 4 p.m. on Jan. 13 away against Tallulah Falls School.

Summit keeps the pressure on inside the paint making Highlands work for it.

Summit Sydney Sinclair keeps the ball moving along the outside.

Highlands Aislynn Luck puts two on the board against Summit on Thursday.

Summit Chloe Crawford tries to stop Highlands Mackenzie Woods from getting to the hoop.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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