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Lady Rebs gain ground in 3-4A

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Photo/Sparks UP ABOVE: Jalen Belleton puts up a shot against Trumann.
The Highland Lady Rebels rebounded in the conference standings with two wins this past week -- a 63-44 win at Osceola on Jan. 19 and against Westside, 63-42, in Jonesboro on Jan. 21.

The Rebels continued to play tough in the 3-4A conference, but still failed to find a second league win. Playing the last game of a four-game night in Osceola, Highland lost in overtime to the Seminoles , 77-70.

The Rebs' only league win was at Trumann, but they couldn't take out the Wildcats at home, falling 57-55 at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center on Jan. 22.

Given that Trumann's conference record isn't much better than Highland's, it's easy to say that you don't have to match the Wildcat's 3-point prowess shot-for-shot. However, you do need to find a way to overcome it.

Highland had one trey in each quarter, but Trumann averaged nearly four a period. Richie Tharp, who the Rebels shutdown in Trumann, rattled off six 3s and 23 game-leading points.

After Trumann took a 17-12 first quarter lead, the game was tied 29-all at the end of the half when Brad Harris drove the lane for a buzzer-beating shot.

The Rebs got nine points from Josh Honey in the third to take a 44-41 advantage into the fourth.

The Wildcats took a 50-49 lead with less than four minutes to play, but a Landon Strobbe trey got it right back for Highland. Donnie French missed the front end of a one-and-one and Jason Long went one-for-two on his free throw attempts.

Steven Williams hit his second 3 of the quarter to tie the game at 53-all. French drove for a two, but Tharp followed with a trademark arching 3 to secure the win. Highland had two more possessions to try to win, but neither shot fell for the home team.

Honey led the team with 14, French with 13 and Harris 11.

The 3-pointer had been missing from the Lady Rebels' game, but has come out in full force the last few games. At Osceola, the Lady Rebs landed eight treys and repeated the feat again against the Lady Warriors.

It was the defense that got the win for Highland against Westside, holding the Lady Warriors to two points in the first and four points in the second. Highland led 27-8 at halftime.

Westside scored 22 points in the third, but it was too much space to recover. The Lady Rebels' offense scored 17 in the third and 19 in the fourth to take the game.

Kaitlin Scribner had 16, Whitney Davis 14, Kristina Langston 13, Alex Isaacs 11 and Bobie Jo Cooper added nine.

The Rebels outscored the Seminoles by 10 in free throws; 24-of-35 to 14-of-26. Highland also knocked down one more 3-pointer; four for the Rebs. Osceola got off to the fast start leading 17-12 after one, but the Rebels matched them shot-for-shot in the second, 16-16, and in the third, 19-19. Highland took the lead in the fourth, but Osceola came back late in the fourth to send it into overtime.

Given another chance, the Seminoles put in 10 from the field to go with four free throws. Highland didn't get a field goal in the overtime period settling for seven of eight from the charity stripe.

The Rebels were led by French with 17. Kenny Nicholson scored 14 and Honey added 11.

The Lady Rebels won every quarter against Osceola, but it wasn't until the 17-11 third quarter that Highland was able to pull away. Six of the Lady Rebs eight 3-pointers came in the first half, but the team only led 27-20 at the end of two.

Scribner scored 16 followed by Davis and Langston with 14 each. Isaacs and Cooper added 10 and nine, respectively.

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