But it just wasn't meant to be, because the Lady Jackrabbits and Trojans jumped on the Rebel teams early and didn't let up.
The Lady Rebels (18-9) ended their season with a 45-28 loss to eventual regional champion Lonoke, and the Rebels (9-17) lost to regional runner-up Marianna Lee, 73-43.
It took the Lady Rebels until midway through the first quarter to find the basket when Kristina Langston knocked down a shot.
By that time, Lonoke was already up 9-0.
Although they had six of their 22 turnovers in the first period, Highland played the Lady 'Rabbits evenly the rest of the way through the quarter.
The Lady Jackrabbits hit three treys, but Whitney Davis finished the quarter with a 3-pointer to make the score 17-8.
The game slowed in the second for Lonoke, but the Lady Rebs were not able to gain any ground, finishing the half down 25-16.
Lonoke hit seven straight shots to start the second half, including three 3s, while Highland couldn't get a bucket until three-and-a-half minutes into the period, when Langston once again got the Lady Rebels on the board to start a 12-3 run, finding themselves down 45-28 after three.
Kaitlin Scribner and Davis hit treys early in the fourth, but Lonoke went 10-for-12 from the free throw line to punch their ticket to, oddly enough, Highland, for the state tournament.
Langston and Davis led the team with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Cara Neighbors had 26 points for the Lady Jackrabbits.
The Rebels found themselves in a race against Marianna.
The Trojans pressed and pushed the ball up the floor from tip until last buzzer.
Highland was down 10-8 with three minutes out of the game when Marianna went on a 9-0 run that lasted until Donnie French knocked down two free throws.
Shooting seven-of-13 from the free throw line, the Rebs found themselves down 27-15 at the end of one.
Even though the Trojans went on a three-minute shooting slump and Highland took advantage with a 9-0 run, Marianna still managed to score 29 points in the second to extend its lead to 56-29 at the half.
The Trojans did enough in the third to make sure the competition clock would run in the fourth quarter, with Marianna leading 69-38 after three.
French and Brad Harris each had 13 points for the Rebels.
Henry Edwards led Marianna with 19.