The Hayesville Yellow Jackets boys team traveled to play Highlands in a non conference matchup Friday night. Hayesville was without a few players but it did not hurt them in this matchup. Hayesville was in control from start to finish, defeating the Highlanders 59-26.
It was a little bit of a slow start for the Yellow Jackets but Kolbe Ashe made sure Hayesville took an early lead. He had the Yellow Jackets’ first 8 points of the night including two corner threes. Hayesville’s great defense though was big in the first quarter as they held Highlands to only five points. This allowed the Yellow Jackets to head into the second quarter leading 10-5.
Sometimes when you travel to higher elevations and small gyms like Highlands your offense isn’t always great off the bus. You know what they say though, defense travels. While Hayesville was waiting on the offense to come, their defense had Highlands locked down. Highlands did not score until 3:15 left in the quarter. While that happened the offense was finding their footing, particularly on the fast break. By halftime Hayesville had a healthy 35-12 lead at halftime, Kolbe Ashe already had 19 points.
Hayesville picked up where they left off before halftime with their offense humming. Give Highlands credit though they played better in the third quarter. They just did not have enough to match the Yellow Jackets. Even with their best offensive output of the night the Yellow Jackets still outscored the Highlanders. Hayesville would take a commanding lead into the fourth quarter leading 48-23.
With the game out of reach, the fourth quarter was a little sloppy with both teams subbing frequently. Hayesville got good contributions though from pretty much every player in this quarter. Playing without 2 of their players tonight allowed Hayesville to give some other players opportunities they might not have gotten otherwise. Building that depth could pay off big time down the road. What was also good to see is even with reserves in the game, they held Highlands to only three fourth quarter points. The Yellow Jackets outscored Highlands in all four quarters winning 59-26.
Kolbe Ashe 22 points
Logan Caldwell 12 points
Hayesville next plays on Monday, December 13th at home, hosting Hiwassee Dam (game will be broadcast live on fyntv.com). To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest FYN sports coverage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports