In the final round of the Little Smoky Mountain Conference tournament, the Highlanders beat Hiwassee Dam, 60-49, making this the third year in a row the Highlands boys team has won the conference.
After placing second in the Little Smoky Mountain Conference, the Highlands girls basketball team opened the state tournament Monday at Highlands School gym. The girls played Robbinsville.
The Highlands boys basketball team also opened the state tournament following the girls game at Highlands School gym, playing Lincoln Charter.
Both teams ended their seasons Monday night, falling to their challengers.