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Squadron readies for Christmas tourney

By: Elizabeth Ruckel

The Highland Home School Flying Squadron basketball team ventured down to Zion Chapel to compete for a tournament championship this past weekend.

“Our team played well against Kinston, they are a really good team,” said HHS Boys Head Coach Shawn Sellers.

The Squadron boys advanced to the finals after taking down the Kinston Bulldogs in the opening round game. Highland Home competed until the end before falling short in a hard fought battle with the Brantley Bulldogs.

“We played our hearts out both games; unfortunately things didn’t go our way the last game, but we have to put that behind us,” said HHS sophomore Daniel Phillips.

“We will bounce back with a positive attitude during this upcoming tournament at Brantley and come out as the champions at their place.”

“We were excited to play the Brantley Bulldogs in the championship game,” said Sellers.

During the tournament, senior Roddrick Bell rounded up a total of 30 points leading the team. Following behind was sophomore Terrion Nichols. Sophomores Noah and Daniel Phillips led the team in rebounds.

The Lady Squadron opened the tournament firing on all cylinders before suffering an opening round loss to the hosting Zion Chapel Rebels.

“We are glad to get those games out of the way. We’ve got some time to get back into the gym and reevaluate our offense,” said Lady Squadron Head Coach Mendy Avant.

HHS junior Jala Merriweather scored the most points for the Lady Squadron during the tournament.

Highland Home will travel to the Brantley Christmas Tournament this weekend. The Lady Squadron will play Pleasant Home at 4:30 p.m. and the boys will play Linden at 4:30 p.m.