Highlands girls varsity basketball team took on Blue Ridge Early College in Cashiers on Tuesday and walked away with a hard-earned win, 38-31.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take it,” said Highlands Coach Jake Page. “Ezra [Branham] was moving her feet all game, Julia [May Schmitt] had great defense, and Ked [McCall] was taking charge after charge. I’m really proud of the entire team and I love being lucky enough to be their coach.”
He added that scraping by with a 7-point win didn’t come easy.
“Blue Ridge is scrappy, they have some really great players,” said Page. “They’re tough, they’re physical, and you can never count them out. Anytime you can go on the road and get a win like this it’s a special day.”
BREC Coach Tim Mayse said both teams gave it their all out on the court the Lady Bobcats should hold their heads high after a hard-fought game.
“Highlands is a good team and we’re a good team, it was a good game,” said Mayse. “Our girls always play hard and I’m very proud of them.”
He added that one of the challenges of Tuesday’s game was trying to shut down Highlands’ point guard Hayley Borino.
“Their point guard [Borino] has improved since the beginning of the season and she was able to handle the pressure well out there,” said Mayse. “She’s tough.”
BREC Charlotte Sherrill was presented with a 1,000 points ball before the game to be added to BREC’s trophy case after Sherrill surpassed the 1,000 mark during a recent game against Nantahala.
Mayse said it’s rare for a junior to hit this mark. Sherrill’s mother, Jennifer, also hit the same milestone as a junior. Read more about that HERE.
Highlands next plays at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 away against Nantahala.
BREC next plays at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 away against Swain.