Lady Highlanders take down Hiwassee Dam

Highlands varsity girls basketball team took on Hiwassee Dam at home last week and took care of business winning 46-24.

“I was proud of how our depth kept us fresh and kept our up tempo going,” said Highlands Coach Brett Lamb. “This is an unselfish team and a great team win. Getting off to a 1-0 conference record and 2-0 overall a great way to start.”

Highlands Bella Wilson on a fast break against Hiwassee Dam.

Highlands Bella Wilson scored 11 points, Riley Conner scored 8, Hayley Borino scored 7, Ezra Branham 7, and Julia May Schmitt scored 6.

Highlands Bella Branham keeps the pressure on Hiwassee Dam at home.

Lamb said Highlands played great on defense that turned into some easy transition baskets and were unselfish moving the ball on offense.

Highlands Riley Connor drives to the basket.

The Lady Highlanders had some trouble with shooting and rebounding, but made up for it on defense and stretched the lead out in the second half.

Highlands Hayley Borino take it to the hoop and lays it up for 2.

Lamb said Highlands also did a good job limiting Hiwassee powerhouse Katie Gibson in the paint.

“We knew that their inside post play is their strength, so we wanted to make the game faster paced and keep the ball out of 34’s (Gibson) hands,” said Lamb. “We were able to get them in foul trouble and get some easy baskets. We also changed defenses with their different personnel that helped as well.”

Highlands Julia May Schmitt puts up the short jump shot with Hiwassee Katie Gibson keeping the pressure on.

From left are Highlands Ezra Branham and B Bryson going for a rebound against Hiwassee at home.

Highlands Lilly Bryson draws a technical and goes to the line.

Highlands Bella Wilson stays with her mark at home against Hiwassee.

Highlands Reese Schmitt brings the ball down court.

Highlands Ava Schmitt grabs a rebound against Hiwassee.

Highlands Bella Branham boxes out for a rebound.

Highlands Caroline Woods sets up on D against Hiwassee.

Highlands Julia May Schmitt puts 2 on the board from inside the paint.

Highlands B Bryson scans the court for options.

Highlands Reese Schmitt drives along the baseline to the basket.

Highlands Ava Schmitt boxes out for the rebound against Hiwassee.

Highlands B Bryson stays with her mark on D.

Pictured at the top of the article is Highlands Hayley Borino driving to the basket with help of a pick by Bella Branham.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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