Lady Bobcats defeat Swain on the road in nail biter

It boiled down to the final minutes of Blue Ridge Early College girls varsity basketball team’s away game against Swain last week, but the Lady Bobcats pulled off the win 56-50.

BREC Coach Tim Mayse said he thought the girls’ win at Swain was huge.

From left are BREC Maddy Potts and Macy Heltsley setting up on defense as Swain brings the ball down court.

“We didn’t play as well as we should have against Haywood Christian,” said Mayse regarding BREC’s win against Haywood Christian Academy last week ending 59-44. “I told the girls that they needed to step up their game versus Swain. They responded by playing their best game of the season. We were able to be more efficient on both ends of the floor, and we held onto a lead late in the game. Swain has close to 600 students and we have less than 90, so it always feels good to beat a school with such a larger enrollment. Shows what kind of athletes we have here at Blue Ridge that we can beat a school that is six times our size.”

BREC Mahalah Stewart drives to the hoop against Swain on the road last week.

The Lady Bobcats are riding a four-game winning streak with their only loss being against Highlands, who they play on Friday on the road.

BREC Charlotte Sherrill keeps the pressure on Swain last week.

“I think we are in a very good place after the win at Swain,” said Mayse. “The girls know what we have to do this year to be successful. The only blemish we have so far on our season is the loss to Highlands. We feel like we have a team that should be undefeated right now. We are starting to find our identity now that everyone is totally focused on basketball. They had such an awesome year in volleyball, and now it’s time to gain that momentum in basketball.”

BREC Mercedes McLaughlin on a fast break against Swain.

BREC Chloe Fowler brings the ball down court under pressure.

BREC Vanessa Russell stays on her mark playing against Swain on the road.

BREC Charlotte Sherrill looking to get rid of the ball against Swain.

BREC Maddy Potts brings the ball down court under pressure from Swain.

BREC Mahalah Stewart spins past a Swain player on the road last week.

BREC Macy Heltsley on a fast break against Swain.

From left are BREC Chloe Fowler and Charlotte Sherrill cheer as a a teammate drains a free throw.

Pictured at the top of the article is BREC Macy Heltsley keeping the ball moving against Swain.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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