Highlands junior varsity girls basketball team hosted Cherokee on Wednesday and while maintaining an undefeated record throughout the season, took their first loss in their last game with a final 32-30 after Cherokee drained a short jumper at the buzzer.
Cherokee’s only loss this year was against Highlands earlier in the season.
“We played good for three quarters, but the first quarter they killed us 17-4,” said Highlands Coach Logan James. “Then we started putting some shots up, forcing turnovers, and tied it up in the fourth.”
Logan said it was a tough loss to take, but it will help the girls in the long run.
“Character is how you respond to diversity,” he said. “Going undefeated, this is the first chance to see how they react to the loss and they handled it very well.”
He added that the girls played great all season and he’s proud of the way they handled some close calls and high-pressure situations.
Later in the evening, Highlands Athletic Director Brett Lamb retired Highlands #5 jersey in honor of Jackson Hall who recently passed away.
The Lady Highlanders next play in the championship of the Little Smoky Mountain Conference tournament on Thursday at 4 p.m. at home against the winner of Cherokee and Hiwassee Dam.