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Lady Rebs outright conference champs

Thursday, February 19, 2009

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NO PROBLEM: Whitney Davis drops in a jumper against the Newport Lady Greyhounds.Photo/Sparks
Nagging injuries slowed the Highland Lady Rebels down, but not enough to keep them from picking up three wins, including two conference victories, to secure the 3-4A conference championship without having to share it.

Alison Price's knee and Kristen Ellis' foot and knee are a concern for the district tournament, but with the automatic bye into the regional tournament Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis can rest key members of his team.

The Lady Rebels (20-5, 13-1 4A-3) started the week by knocking off Newport 53-20 on Feb. 9 and then Valley View, 51-35 on Feb. 12 both games at home concluding with the Izard County girls, 52-35, on Friday, Feb. 13.

Highland used a 15-5 third quarter to put the Lady Blazers away.

In the quarter, Price picked up her first points of the game; a trey followed by a deuce. She reinjured her knee early in the first quarter.

The Lady Rebs led 16-12 behind Alex Isaacs 10 points.

Ellis started the second with a bank shot, Ginny Long hit a 3 and six minutes later, Whitney Davis found a bucket to account for all of Highland's points.

Fortunately, Valley View could only score in eight in the second period keeping the Lady Rebs in the lead, 23-20.

"It wasn't as fine-tuned as I would have liked for us to be able to play right now, but we did some good things and got up on them," said Davis. "The really positive thing was once we got up on them we didn't let them back into it like we have the other times we've played."

Isaacs had a game-leading 18 points. Price scored nine and Ellis eight.

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.

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. 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.

Eleven Highland players scored against Newport led by Kaitlyn Duncan's 11 points.

The starting five jumped on the Lady Greyhounds 16-2 in the first quarter.

Duncan, Kristina Langston, Davis and Bobie Jo Cooper led the team to a 35-8 halftime lead.

Highland went a long period of time in the third without scoring, while the Lady Hounds had 11 for the quarter, but the Lady Rebs still led, 43-19.

Isaacs added eight and Long and Langston had six each for Highland.



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