Down 4-0 after the first inning to the Southside Lady Southerners in the opening round of the 4A East Regional Tournament April 25 in Lonoke, the Lady Rebs didn't panic.
They knew just what they needed to do.
And then they did it.
Highland responded with three runs in the bottom of the third and three runs in the bottom of the sixth, edging past Southside 6-5.
The win sends the Lady Rebels, Class 4A runners-up a year ago, back to state tournament play.
After Highland got rid of its first-inning jitters, Karisa Hendrix assumed control of things from the pitching circle. In seven innings of work, Hendrix allowed five hits, walked one, hit two and struck out 14 Lady Southerners. Twice in the game, Hendrix retired the side on strikeouts.
Southside starter Haley Mourer gave up 10 hits, fanned one and walked one.
The Lady Southerners took care of business in the visitor's half of the first inning, as Sami Hallowell and Lunden Roberts both hit safely for Southside. Mourer then reached base on a walk, juicing the sacks for Southside.
With two outs and the bases still loaded, Rachel Teffs dropped in a hit behind first base that plated two runs for the Lady Southerners.
Next up, Chelsea Harmon reached first on a throwing error, an error that allowed two more Southside runs to cross the plate, giving the Lady Southerners a 4-0 lead after one.
The Lady Rebs cut into Southside's lead in the home half of the third.
Whitney Gates led off the frame by drawing a base-on-balls. Lindsey Goodwin got on board with a bunt that was misplayed, giving Highland a pair of base runners.
After a fielder's choice, Stephanie Shaw brought two runs home to score with a double to left. One batter later, Shaw crossed home plate on an overthrow, Southside's second error of the third.
With Southside up by just one, 4-3 after three, the Lady Southerners tacked on another run in the top of the fifth.
Miranda Tucker scored all the way from first base on a botched pickoff attempt, pushing Southside in front 5-3 after five.
But Highland moved on top to stay in the bottom of the sixth.
Alex Whitten smoked a hard shot to the outfield that popped out of the left fielder's glove and she motored all the way to third on the play.
Courtney Sharp then roped a shot to center that brought Whitten home for Highland's first run of the frame.
Gates reached safely on a bunt hit and Katheryn Bobo loaded the bases with a hit to left.
Then into the box stepped Allison Price.
And she came up with the game-winning hit, a single to center that plated Bobo and Shaw to give Highland its first lead of the afternoon, 6-5.
Hendrix shut down Southside in the top of the seventh, retiring the Lady Southerners in order, giving Highland a come-from-behind victory in the opening round of the regional tournament.
With a productive fifth inning, the Valley View Lady Blazers pushed past Highland 6-3 in the championship game of the 3-4A District Softball Tournament April 22 in Gosnell.
The Lady Rebs held a 1-0 lead after the first inning and that held until the fifth when Valley View pushed all six of its runs, coming on five hits, across the plate to move in front for good.
The Lady Rebs tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh, but the Lady Blazers earned the district tournament title with the three-run victory.
Hendrix struck out eight for the Lady Rebels.