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Highland greeted with early-season tests

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Photo/Sparks SLIDIN' BY: Lady Rebel Kaitlin Scribner cuts by Westside's Taylor Cooper in Highland's 52-40 victory.
It's just November and the 3-4A conference schedule is well under way with the Highland Lady Rebels taking on two conference foes and the Rebels getting an early test against the league's best team.

The Lady Rebels used a 17-6 third quarter to separate from Westside and get the 52-40 win at Highland on Nov. 23.

The Rebels travelled to Jonesboro on Nov. 24 to face near seven-footer Hunter Mickelson and the Warriors.

Westside's pressure and Highland's turnovers sent the Rebels to a 56-31 loss.

Highland dismantled Newport's Lady Greyhounds 61-16, at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center on Nov. 24 to stay perfect on the season.

The Lady Warriors had a 7-5 lead midway through the first quarter, but Highland finished the period on a 9-2 run and never relinquished the lead again.

Highland struggled with the outside shot and suffered from turnovers in the second quarter.

Westside outscored them, but the Lady Rebs still maintained a 24-22 advantage.

The Lady Rebels opened the third by scoring on six straight possessions, and on eight of the period's 11 possessions.

Alex Isaacs scored nine of her game-high 25 points, Kristina Langston put in five and Bobie Jo Cooper added a trey with just seconds left in the quarter to give Highland a 41-28 lead.

The team shot five-of-seven from the foul line in the final quarter to put the game away.

"You can't control how well you shoot it and we didn't shoot it very well," said Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis. "But I thought Alex and Kristina and the others did a good job in the first half of rebounding and kind of keeping us in it where we still had the lead."

It's obvious that the Lady Rebels' first goal is to get the ball to Isaacs for the short jumper, but Langston will be the key to getting Isaacs open for those shots.

"Alex is going to draw so much more attention, so Kristina, being as athletic as she is, she's going to have some opportunities," explained Davis. "The more she can contribute, the more success we are going to have."

Langston was second in scoring with 11, followed by Cooper with seven.

Just their third game into the season and the Highland Rebels got tested under fire -- a big bonfire.

Visiting Jonesboro Westside, whom most people believe is the team to beat in the 3-4A, the Rebels would learn a lot about themselves as a team.

In junior Hunter Mickelson's third year playing senior ball, the underachieving Warriors have found help in Trumann transfer Everett Bullock.

However, most of the early damage was done by aptly named senior Brock Johnston. The linebacker-looking Johnston had four of five steals in the first quarter to keep Highland off the scoreboard.

Jason Long hit the Rebels' first basket with just under two minutes left in the period, followed by a Brad Harris bucket about a minute later to cut the Warriors lead to 16-4.

"I talked about them pressing half court and trapping a bunch and that we were going to have to make some basketball plays," said Rebel Head Coach Chad Arnhart. "We turned it over too much. They scored most their points off our turnovers."

Long had five points and Josh Honey put in four in the second quarter, but the Rebels fell further behind, 34-14, at the end of the first half.

"I thought Jason Long did a pretty good job on some head fakes (to get around Mickelson), but it was a little bit too late," said Arnhart.

With Donnie French's 3-pointer the only points to start the third, Arnhart went to his reserves midway through the period.

Long led the team with 10 points.

Honey, French and Ronnie Loftis with tossed in four points apiece for the Rebels.

In junior high action, the junior Lady Rebels beat Westside 23-19 and the junior Rebs won against the Warriors 40-33.

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