Lady Bobcats win at home against Nantahala

The Blue Ridge Early College girls varsity basketball team hosted Nantahala on Jan. 26 and won a solid victory with a final of 83-27.

BREC Vanessa Russell scores 2 points on a fast break against Nantahala.

The Lady Bobcats have a 6-9 record, but BREC Coach Tim Mayse said he likes the improvement he’s seeing on the court.

“We started off the season a little slow, but we have been improving since Christmas Break,” said Mayse. “We just needed to find our identity and now that we have, I’ve been impressed with how we have been playing.”

BREC Mahalah Stewart on a fast break at home. Stewart scored 41 points against Nantahala.

He added that the fast pace that BREC plays at sometimes leads to turnovers, but that’s how the girls like to play.

BREC Peyton Bryson snags a rebound and brings the ball down the court.

“The girls are coachable and passionate about being successful,” said Mayse. “They are a gritty and competitive group. They play fast and are always looking to push the tempo.”

BREC Macy Heltsley keeps the ball moving around the perimeter.

The Bobcats host Hiwassee Dam for BREC’s Homecoming game tonight (Feb. 4). Girls varsity begins at 6 p.m.

BREC Izzy Moody scores 2 points and draws the foul. Moody is also pictured at the top of the article on a fast break.

Mayse said Nantahala did not have a boys team this year.

BREC Gabby Martinez grabs a rebound and gives the Lady Bobcats a second chance to score.

BREC Brenda Martinez moves in to grab a rebound after a free throw against Nantahala.

Blue Ridge Bobcat Mascot was on hand cheering for the Lady Bobcats and hanging out with fans.

BREC Tyler Green grabs a quick breather before getting back to his mascot duties.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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