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Redskins knock off Rebels

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kenny Nicholson drives past a Pocahontas defender in the Rebels' clash with their Redskin rivals. Photo/Sparks
The weather has caused havoc again with the basketball schedule, as over half of last week's games were not played.

Games against Valley View and Osceola for the boys and girls will need to be rescheduled, which will really crunch the games as the district tournament approaches.

In the two games that were played, the Lady Rebels had no trouble versus a short-handed Trumann squad, 50-23, at Highland on Jan. 25, and the Rebels fell to the Redskins, 51-34, at Pocahontas on Jan. 26.

ON THE MONEY: Josh Honey pulls up for a jumper against the Pocahontas Redskins. Photo/Sparks
Sometimes it's hard to understand Pocahontas' power over the Highland Rebels.

The Redskins have had a mediocre season, sitting at 5-5 in the conference.

The Rebels, even though they lost, went into overtime against Osceola and Gosnell, but in Pocahontas, the team struggled from the floor and missed an opportunity at the free throw line to turn the game around.

QUICK FEET: Lady Rebel Brooke Messer slides into position to stop the ball in Highland's 3-4A matchup with the Trumann Lady Wildcats. Photo/Sparks
Pocahontas jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first two-and-a-half minutes, but the Reb defense held the Redskins to only two additional points for the quarter.

The Rebel offense could only cut into the lead 11-6 at the end of one.

In the second period, Pocahontas sent Highland to the free throw line on nine of 10 straight possessions, trying to defend the Rebs ability to drive to the basket.

During that stretch, the Redskins managed to score only four points.

The Rebels went 11-of-18, but were within a few points of taking the lead. They finished the half down 23-19.

The Redskins expanded their lead with a 13-7 third quarter and a 13-8 fourth.

Donnie French led the Rebels with 12 points, followed by Brad Harris with eight and Landon Strobbe six.

The Lady Wildcats were playing without Lacy Staton and Highland made sure to take Trumann out of the game early.

Jazyme Nixon scored a bucket at the beginning of the first and at the end for all of Trumann's points.

In between, Kaitlin Scribner knocked down 10 points to pace the Lady Rebels to a 22-4 opening quarter.

Leading 32-13 at halftime, Coach Harlan Davis was able to get game experience for his bench.

Highland outscored the Trumann 11-3 in the third and the bench finished off the game 7-7 in the fourth.

Scribner and Alex Isaacs had 12 each to lead the team. Kristina Langston added 10 for Highland (14-5, 7-3 3-4A).

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