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Viola drops two at Highland

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Highland hosted longtime rival Viola on Nov. 13, and the Rebels' boys and girls both came away with wins.

In the first game, the Lady Rebels pulled away from the Lady Longhorns in second half on their way to a 57-49 win. The Rebels (1-0) then beat the Longhorns 51-61 in the nightcap.

The Lady Longhorns jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead behind eight-of-10 shooting from the freethrow line.

Also, Viola was able to get past Highland's full court press for some easy layups.

"I thought we scored well tonight. We attacked their pressure and that's what we were looking to do," said Lady Longhorn Head Coach Jason Hughes. "Getting those easy shots off their press was something we had planned on. We took care of the ball. We got down there and got some easy shots."

The Lady Rebels turned it around in the second quarter and tied the game at 27-all. Hassi Bray had seven points in the second for Highland.

"There are good teams that can throw the ball over the top of us, and see some of the things that we're trying to do," said Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis. "It can turn out to be kind of ugly for us, and I thought that's what the first quarter was. We kind of gathered ourselves that last four or five minutes, because I told them at halftime, 'of all the bad things we've done we're fortunate to be tied.'"

Highland outscored Viola 16-16 in the third quarter and 11-6 in the fourth. Lady Reb guard Allison Price scored 12 of her game leading 15 points in the third quarter.

"I think our press is more affective when we can get set after made shots," said Davis.

Mikita Thompson led the Lady Longhorns with 14 points followed by nine from Taylor Griggs. Chasidy Hutson and Kristen Montgomery each scored six points.

"Even though we lost, I didn't think we played bad. I thought that Highland just beat us tonight," said Hughes. "We see how hard we have to play to be competitive against teams like Highland."

In boys' action, sophomore Landon Strobbe knocked down a couple of 3s to start the game and senior Jordan McGuire added five in the first quarter.

On the other side, Longhorns Lucas Rains and Jesse Shrable put in six to keep pace with the Rebels. The score was tied at 18-all at the end of one.

However, the Rebels' new uptempo game wore on the Longhorns as the game proceeded.

Highland jumped to a 30-26 halftime lead, and extended it to 50-43 in the third.

"Everybody was aggressive like we wanted them to be. We told them to be aggressive. I thought we pushed the ball well," said Rebel Head Coach Chad Arnhart.

Longhorn Kasey Humphries nailed six free throws in the third quarter and 16 points in the fourth before fouling out to keep Viola in the game.

"We battled back a couple of times. We showed a little bit of mettle that we just didn't lay down on them," said Longhorn Head Coach Jeremy Lewis. "We made some shots, and in that little stretch to get some defensive stops. We got some stops and some rebounds and some scores and we were able to cut it to two, but we couldn't get over the hump."

Humphries led Viola with 26 points. Rains added 15.

McGuire put in 21 followed by Adam Wulff with 20. Strobbe and Donnie French contributed nine a piece.

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