The Rebels led until the five-minute mark of the third quarter, but could not hold off Pocahontas, falling to the Redskins 55-50.
Both games were held at the A.L. Huston Memorial Center on Dec. 14.
Behind Alex Isaacs' six points, the Lady Rebels jumped out to a 9-5 first quarter lead, but didn't score in the last three-and-a-half minutes, giving Olivia Bell a chance to hit a trey and Alexa Moody a shot with 25 seconds left to get the early 10-9 Lady Redskin lead.
The starting five Lady Rebs shared the scoring in the second, but couldn't overcome Madison Futrell's eight points.
Kristina Langston had a putback late in the quarter to cut the Pocahontas lead to 27-25 going into halftime.
Kaitlin Scribner started the second half with a 3-pointer to go ahead and that began a seven-shot exchange of the lead with shots by Hillary Hausman, Isaacs, Futrell, Isaacs, Kelly DeClerk and two charity shots by Isaacs, to give Highland a 34-33 lead midway through the third.
The Lady Redskins tied the score on three occasions in the period, but Scribner's two free throws with two seconds left gave the Lady Rebs a 44-42 advantage.
Even with Haley Taylor's trey, Highland only allowed Pocahontas six points in the final quarter. At the other end, the Lady Rebels scored on seven straight possessions to secure the win.
Isaacs led Highland (6-1, 3-0) with 25 points, followed by Scribner with 12.
The Redskins' Jacob Callahan led off the game with a 3, and it took until the three-minute mark of the first for Highland to get its first lead. Brad Harris hit a two followed by a free throw shot by Josh Honey to make the score 8-7, Rebels. The Rebs finished the opening period on an 11-1 run to finish up 14-8.
The Rebels' Jason Long contributed five points in the second, but Highland stopped scoring with four minutes to go in the half. Matt Sullivan scored 10 points, eight-of-eight from the charity stripe, for Pocahontas. Highland maintained a slim 23-22 advantage at halftime.
Harris had three points and Donnie French added two early in the third and then Highland went six possessions without scoring. Kenny Nicholson put in two with a minute left in the quarter. Sullivan scored 11 of his game-leading 27 points to give the Redskins a 38-30 lead.
Nicholson scored seven as the Rebs cut the score to 50-48 with 38 seconds left in the game, but the Redskins made five-of-six free throws to close out the game.
French led Highland (3-4, 1-3) with 13, followed by Harris, Honey and Nicholson with 10 each.
The junior Rebels were nipped at the end, 34-31, by the junior Redskins.