Highlands boys junior varsity basketball team traveled to Cashiers last month and took on Summit Charter School in a game with drastically different halves, and walked away with a solid win, 43-23.
“We lost the first half by 2 but won the second half by 20, so we obviously got off to a slow start but finished strong,” said Highlands Coach Bryan Dearth.
Highlands Lawson Shuler drives to the basket against Summit.
Highlands had 8 players who put points on the board, top scorers were Lawson Shuler with 12 and JJ Postell with 11.
“This is a tough year with fewer games than normal, but the kids are working hard every day and enjoying the ability to play,” said Dearth.
Summit Anthony Qemali makes his move to the hoop against Highlands.
Summit Coach Jeremy Robinson said the Bears played hard but had an off-night shooting and couldn’t keep pace with the Highlanders’ offense.
Highlands JJ Postell on a fast break.
“This team is young and is still learning to take care of the ball and defend well,” said Robinson. “I expect to see us improve a lot throughout the course of the season, especially limiting turnovers and defending.”
Summit Chance Wilson snags a Highlands pass and makes a break for the hoop.
Highlands Cooper Hall under pressure from Summit.
Summit Ed Marquina looks to send the ball inside against Highlands.
Highlands Sam Stiwinter shoots a lay up against Summit.
Summit Brayden Hahn stays with his mark at home against Highlands.
Highlands Mason Stoltzfus keeps the ball moving under the watchful eye of Summit Chance Wilson.
Summit Sam Lehotsky dives for a tipped pass.
Highlands Brandon Moss shoots a lay up against Summit.
Summit Lauch Young stakes out his position after a free throw.
Highlands Owen Munoz on a fast break against Summit.
Summit Johnathan Campbell puts 2 on the board against Highlands.
Highlands Win Dyleski sinks the reverse against Summit.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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