"The kids are really excited," said Junior Rebel Head Coach Stan Maag. "They've worked extremely hard all year long and now they have a district tournament championship to show for it."
Sterling Stowers led Highland with 18 points, while Cody O'Dell had 13, including a pair of huge treys.
"Kyle Brison, Quentin Maag, Ethan Hoppe and Seth Morris all came up big for us," said Maag, whose squad finished the season on a five-game winning streak. "It was a close game most of the way and then our guys made some really big free throws late. They really earned this one."
The junior Rebels advanced to the championship round by pushing past the Osceola junior Seminoles 47-39 Feb. 12.
Highland built a 24-15 lead at the half and kept Osceola from threatening in the second half.
Stowers led the junior Rebs with 13 points.
The second-seeded junior Rebels opened tourney play Feb. 10 with a tight 40-38 win over seventh-seeded Westside.
Highland led 20-14 at intermission.
Stowers paced Highland with 11 points.
The fifth-seeded junior Lady Rebels fell to Valley View 34-14 in the semi-final round Feb. 12.
The junior Lady Blazers led 16-6 after one, 22-7 at the half and 26-9 heading into the final frame.
Britney Bair paced Highland (6-13) with four points.
Kylie Severn, Megan Burton and Chole Sellars finished with two points each. Kaylie Gamble added one.
The junior Lady Rebels opened play Feb. 11 by knocking off fourth-seeded Gosnell 32-21.
Bair led the way with 17 points for Highland.