Winter break is a time for academics to hit the brakes, and athletics to take over. The boys varsity basketball team attended The Shootout by the Sea Tournament from Dec.19 to 21.

“The tournament was a great opportunity for us to improve as a team and increase morale,” senior and varsity basketball player Peyton Lanier said.

The team placed third, but beat the South Carolina state champions from Byrnes High School.

They didn’t come back as tournament champions, losing to Loudon Valley High school, but the team takes the trip as a learning experience.

“The more important thing was that it showed us the things we needed to work on,” boys varsity basketball head coach Dan Hale.