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