Highlands boys varsity basketball team loses close game against Nantahala

Highlands boys varsity basketball team played away against Nantahala on Tuesday but didn’t pull off the win with a final of 67-64.

“We had some great moments on the defensive and offensive ends, but a few breakdowns on defense and turnovers hurt us late in the game,” said Highlands Coach Brett Lamb. “It was a great game to be a part of, just came up a little short.”

Highlands Gig Chalker drives to the hoop and puts two on the board against Nantahala on Tuesday.

Lamb added that inexperience in games that close hurt the Highlanders with breakdowns on defense giving Nantahala open season on 3-pointers that they capitalized on.

“We also got in a hurry on offense and rushed a few of our shots late,” he said. “Lots of this comes from experience, which we are gaining each and every game and practice.”

Highlands Collin Stoltzfus tries to swipe a rebound away from Nantahala.

Highlands plays Cherokee at home on Wednesday and Lamb said the Braves are a challenging opponent.

“Cherokee is always a tough game; they are fast, physical, and can shoot it really well,” he said. “They try to turn up the tempo of the game and speed us up into turnovers. If we take our time and make the high percentage shots they give us, we will have a chance.”

Highlands Brent Sleight going through his freethrow ritual.

Highlands Connor Briggs launches for a block on Tuesday.

Highlands Ethan Tate on a fast break on Tuesday.

Highlands Reid Carrier draws the foul and sinks the basket.

Highlands Dillon Schmitt looks for an open man on Tuesday against Nantahala.

Highlands Lane Tingen drives along the baseline.

Highlands High School cheerleader Ashlynn Wilson gets massive air performing a stunt away versus Nantahala.

First time on top of the stunt for Highlands High School cheerleaders from left Jeslyn Head and Bailey Schmitt.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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