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Rebels face loaded Southside squads

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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HANGING TOUGH: Alison Price goes to the hoop in Highland's 54-43 setback to Southside Nov. 21. Photo/Sparks
They say if you want to be the best you have to play the best.

Or at least someone better than you.

This season the Highland boys' and girls' basketball teams have taken that to heart.

On Nov. 21, both teams traveled to Batesville to take on the Southside Southerners. The gentleman Southerners return a team that made it to the state tournament last year.

The Lady Southerners start a Division I signee, along with a few others that probably think they should be.

Both Highland teams came home with losses, but not without learning a thing or two about themselves.

The Lady Rebels fell 54-43 to a hot-shooting Southside team and the Rebels couldn't find the handle against the Southerners, losing 61-24.

In the girls' clash, Alex Isaacs and Kaitlin Scribner found success in the paint pushing the Lady Rebs out to an 8-0 lead, but Lunden Roberts hit three treys to close the first quarter gap to 16-11.

The Lady Southerners scored on all but two of their possessions in the second quarter to take a 32-25 halftime lead. Roberts contributed seven of her game leading 23 points in this quarter.

"The Roberts girl signed last week with a Division I school, Western Illinois (The Summit League), and that's how good of a player she is," said Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis. "It wasn't that we didn't do a good job on her, she just knocked some shots down. She creates some matchup problems."

Both teams came into the second half a little flat, but Highland was able to cut into the lead, 38-35, by the end of the third.

Three straight turnovers kept the Lady Rebels from scoring to start the fourth quarter, and Southside didn't let up to give Highland a chance to get back into the game.

"Overall, I thought defensively, we did a pretty good job. We gave up a few offensive rebounds. I thought it was a well-played ball game. They just shot the ball better than we did," said Davis. "Mark it down, Southside will beat Lonoke or Bald Knob at least once or twice, I think. That's how good I think Southside is this year. "

Alison Price ended the game with 18 points for Highland, followed by Isaacs with 13.

After the 0-10 football season, it's hard not to be concerned about the basketball Rebels' performance against Southside.

Highland was very competitive against Viola the week before, but could only manage four points in the first quarter against Southside; a free throw by Josh Honey and a 3-pointer by Zac Hamilton.

On the other hand, the Southerners had six players score on their way to a 27-4 first quarter lead.

"It was just kind of like a snowball for us tonight. It started going downhill and just kept getting worse," said Rebel Head Coach Chad Arnhart. "It never did get any better."

No, it didn't.

Honey had two layups and Justin Bryant one for a complete list of the second quarter scoring for Highland. The score was 45-10 at halftime.

In the third, Honey scored once, Zzyzyx Hall added a bucket and Landon Strobbe nailed a 3 to finish the third down 57-17.

Kenny Nicholson put in all seven of the Rebels points in the fourth.

"We've just got to put this game behind us. Just like life, you can't worry about what happened yesterday. You've just got to go on, go to practice, work as hard as you can and play the next game," said Arnhart. "We've just got to get more fundamentally sound and go back to the basics."


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Congratulations to Lunden Roberts, all her hard work and dedication has really paid off. Good Luck Lunden Nees

-- Posted by nees on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 10:16 AM


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