It took until the last game of the regular season, but the Highland Rebels finally found the win column.
Highland didn't hold a lead at any time during regulation play, but took the lead halfway through overtime to beat Izard County 42-40 at the Cougars' Den on Friday, Feb. 13.
Earlier in the evening, the Lady Rebels made it a clean sweep with a 52-35 victory over the Lady Cougars.
Against Izard County, the Rebels were able to get off a lot of shots and snag a few offensive rebounds, but weren't able to get on the board until Josh Honey made one of two free throws at the 2:29 mark of the first quarter. Honey would also hit a 3 in the first period to complete Highland's scoring.
On the other hand, David Peck, Ryan Walker and Ethan Porter made their shots to get the Cougars out to a 9-4 advantage.
Senior Gage Wolford hit three of his four treys in the second to extend Izard County's lead to 20-11 at halftime.
"We played hard. We hit some big shots," said Cougar Head Coach David Harmon. "I thought our two guards hit some big 3s for us, especially Wolford up top."
The Rebels started the second half with an 11-2 run to get back into the game.
They tied the game twice in the third, but couldn't get the lead and finished the period down 30-27, because of Peck's buzzer 3-pointer.
The Cougars made their final points of the fourth at the 3:32 mark when Porter hit a 3 to give Izard County a 37-33 lead.
A couple of Cougar turnovers allowed Honey and Brad Harris to tie the game with less than a minute to go.
Kenny Nicholson hit a trey and Donnie French got a breakaway layup to get the Rebels their first win.
"I told the kids we fought hard, but when we look back and understand opportunities were missed and we should have won the ballgame," said Harmon.
Honey led Highland (1-21) with 14 points, followed by Nicholson and Landon Strobbe with nine each.
Porter had 13 points for ICC and Wolford 12.
The Lady Cougars struggled in the first half against the Lady Rebels, but outscored Highland 17-14 in the third by going to the full court press to put up a challenge.
Kristen Ellis scored two quick buckets to start the third, but sat out the rest of the game after banging her knee.
"We jumped on the press a little bit, played with a little more fire," said Lady Cougar Head Coach Billy McBride. "It didn't hurt that their big post player got hurt and we were a little bit closer to the same size. Their size gives us trouble. I liked the energy we played with in the third quarter."
The Lady Rebs took a 13-7 first quarter lead and held Izard County to one point in the second to take a 28-8 halftime advantage.
Kaitlin Scribner scored 13 points and Isaacs had 10. Stephanie Shaw came off the bench for nine and Ellis had eight before leaving the game.
Sarah Taylor led the Lady Cougars with 13 points, followed by Rachel Harmon with 12.