One win against Trumann, several close contests and two blowouts by Westside, could have been the sum of the Highland conference schedule.
Instead, an impressive 73-59 win over second-place Osceola at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center on Feb. 6 has changed the memories of the Rebels' season.
A very busy week for both boys and girls, the Lady Rebels missed an opportunity to take the conference lead with a 57-51 loss to the conference champion Lady Blazers at Valley View on Feb. 3, and a home loss to Gosnell, 41-35, on Feb. 4.
They bounced back with a road win against Newport on Feb. 6 and a 53-42 victory over Osceola on Feb. 7.
The Rebels started the week with a loss to Westside, 61-44 at home on Feb. 2, and then played three strong periods against the Blazers and Pirates, but couldn't maintain it through the fourth quarters, falling 60-43 at Valley View on Feb. 3 and at Gosnell, 65-52 on Feb. 5.
Playing on Saturday to make up for postponed games, Landon Strobbe hit a 3-pointer and Josh Honey and Strobbe stole the ball from the Seminoles to start the game and Highland didn't let up for four quarters. Five Rebels scored in the first to get out to a 26-17 lead.
Although it seemed like the team cooled off in the second, six players scored two points each, but Highland still outscored Osceola and went into halftime up 38-27.
Donnie French scored 12 of his game leading 20 points in the second half with his patented "leaping-sling-hook-layup" to keep the Seminoles from catching up.
The team shot an impressive 63-percent from the field and 78-percent from the free throw line.
Honey had 17 points. Kenny Nicholson added 13 followed by Brad Harris with 11 and Strobbe with 10.
Everything was set up perfectly, Valley View had lost to Gosnell the night before, which gave the Lady Rebels the opportunity to win the conference if they won out.
Against the Lady Blazers, it was nip-and-tuck throughout the first half with Highland down just 26-25 at halftime.
The Lady Rebs tied the game at 42-all when Kristina Langston put in a buzzer-beating layup at the end of the third.
Highland didn't score for the first four minutes of the final quarter and by that time the Lady Blazers were already up 49-42. They pulled within two, but Valley View went on an 8-4 run to finish the game.
Langston led the team with 18 and Alex Isaacs had 14.
The following night, Brooke Godsey and the Lady Pirates completed a season sweep of Highland for the first time in possibly forever.
The Lady Rebs led throughout the game, but couldn't score in the middle-half of the fourth quarter. Gosnell took a 34-31 lead with under three to play and didn't relinquish it.
Bobi Jo Cooper scored 15 and Isaacs 10.
The Lady Rebels finished the conference season at 9-5, the Rebels at 2-12 with one week of non-conference games to get ready for the district tournament.
Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis said, "As long as we're playing as hard as I like us to play, I feel pretty good about the district tournament. It's going to be a little different playing through the district tournament. It's just a matter of getting things going and it'll all take care of itself."
For the Rebels, Head Coach Chad Arnhart said, "I think our outlook for the district tournament is good. We played everybody pretty close, with Westside being the exception. Every other team in the conference, we played pretty good. We put three quarters together and never could quite put four quarters together. We put four quarters together tonight. I told the guys we need to come out and play two good games next week and be ready to go into the district tournament."