Highlands JV boys lose tough game to Hiwassee Dam

Highlands junior varsity boys basketball team hosted Hiwassee Dam on Wednesday for the season opener but couldn’t pull off the win ending with a final 45-26.

Highlands Brandon Moss establishes position in the paint against Hiwassee Dam.

The Highlanders just weren’t on the same page with a series of missed passes and a defense that wasn’t slowing down Hiwassee’s consistent scoring.

“We need to work on who does what and where we need to be,” said Highlands Lawson Shuler. “It was our first game, but we’ll work as a team and focus on certain areas and we’ll get better.”

Lawson Shuler dishes off the ball on a fast break.

Highlands Win Dyleski said they had a lot of problems with communication and their defense was lacking, but the more they play together the better they’ll get.

Highlands Win Dyleski lines up the shot against Hiwassee.

Dyleski is also one of many players, including Shuler, who are playing two sports at the same time as players have begun practicing for boys soccer season. Dyleski said days often begin at 7 a.m. and end at 8 p.m.

“After practicing for two sports, it’s an early bedtime,” he said. “But we need to work on some stuff if we’re going to see a good outcome this season.”

Highlands Harrison Gates makes a move along the baseline.

Highlands Sam Stiwinter going for a rebound in the paint.

Highlands Owen Munoz catches a high pass.

Highlands Mason Stoltzfus chases down a tipped pass against Hiwassee.

Highlands Brandon Moss moves to snag a rebound against Hiwassee.

Highlands Owen Munoz on a fast break.

Highlands Harrison Gates sets up on defense against Hiwassee.

Pictured at the top of the article is Highlands Lawson Shuler on a fast break against Hiwassee.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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