Highlands MS girls basketball team beats Summit in 1st round of conference tournament

Highlands Middle School girls basketball team hosted Summit in the first round of the Tri-State Middle School Conference tournament on Monday and took the win, 32-18.

Highlands Coach Tim Dearth said the girls did great, they played hard defense and did a great job moving the ball.

“I’m super proud of how hard all the girls have worked this season to get this far,” said Dearth. “Wednesday, we will travel to Tallulah Falls to play a tough opponent.”

Highlands Hunter Conner shoots a layup against Summit on Monday.

Summit Coach Kaylee said it was tough loss, but the Lady Bears handled it well.

“We are still trying to figure out how to win and with some of them they are getting that chip on their shoulder,” said O’Dwyer. “They are getting hungry to win and I could tell they were frustrated and let down. But that can only make us better and foster that competitive spirit that we desperately need.”

Highlands Hunter Conner battles for the ball against Summit Anna Johnson in the first round of the MS conference tournament.

O’Dwyer said Summit may be out of the tournament, but their season is not over yet. Summit next plays Eagle Ridge at home on Thursday.

Highlands next plays in the second round of the tournament at 4:30 p.m. away against Tallulah Falls School.

Teams included in the Tri-State Middle School Conference include Tallulah Falls, Rabun Gap, Towns County, Highlands, Summit, and Nantahala.

Highlands Birdie Sherwood calls out the play on Monday at home against Summit.

From left are Highlands Olivia Corbin, Summit Sarah Betty,and Cayden Pierson going for a rebound on Monday.

Highlands Aislynn Luck makes a killer save at home against Summit.

Summit Chloe Crawford snags a rebound playing on the road in Highlands.

Highlands Jaylin Raby sends a long pass down court.

Highlands Courtney Logan pressing Summit Taylor Robinson on her way down court.

Highlands Heidi Doerter goes for a loose ball at home on Monday.

Highlands Abbie Doerter drives to the inside while Summit Katie Johnson goes for the steal.

Summit Catelynn Couch keeps the ball moving against Highlands.

Highlands Mackenzie Woods gets ready to shoot a free throw against Summit.

Highlands Middle School cheerleaders keep the crowd psyched on Monday against Summit.

Highlands Middle School cheerleaders provide the foundation for a stunt during the first round of the Tri-State Middle School Conference tournament. Editor’s Note: The girls at the top of a stunt don’t magically get there, a lot of effort and coordination are involved and things do go wrong. Props to the unsung cheer heroes at the base.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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