Highlands boys varsity basketball team took on Blue Ridge Early College at home on Friday and won 71-41.
“I thought our boys did great,” said Highlands Coach Brett Lamb. “We had a slow start but got our defense going and pulled away from them.”
BREC Coach Josh Holden said it was a tough loss.
“We wanted to come out fast, which we did,” said Holden. “Our team has been limited on height, but we’ve tried to make up for it with speed. It worked for the first half. But I think we started running out of gas early in the second.”
Holden was at the reins for the Bobcats filling in for Coach Cristian Mireles who couldn’t make it to Friday’s game, and said it was a great season and thanked BREC’s coaching staff and the community supporting the team.
“My guys played some of the best ball I’ve seen them play in a while,” said Holden. “We may not have won on the scoreboard, but these guys have grown this season as a team, and we’ve got lots to work on before next year. It’s going to be a plus that all players will be returning except for senior Colton Taylor.”
Highlands celebrated Senior Night and recognized its senior basketball players and cheerleaders before the game. Lamb is losing four from his varsity squad including Dillon Schmitt, Bill Miller, Taj Roman, and Patrick Woods. Lamb hopes the hours they spent working on the court will help them later in life.
“They have meant so much to our program on and off the court,” said Lamb. “They are a huge part of our community and school. We wish them the very best with whatever path they choose after high school.”
Schmitt said they had a slow first half against BREC, but once they made some adjustments things turned around.
“In the first half, their drives to the basket were tough, but we figured that out and shut that down,” said Schmitt. “We came out wanting to play, we played our game, and we won.”
Schmitt added he’s looking forward to golf coming up next, but will miss his time in the gym.
“Playing with all my friends, being able to call Coach Lamb my coach, I’m going to miss all of that,” he said. “Especially in the locker room after a big win.”
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