Highland had a successful opening to its 2010 basketball season, going two-for-two with a sweep of Melbourne Nov. 15 at the second annual Highland Classic at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Activity Center.
The Lady Rebels got things going by pushing past the Lady Bearkatz 50-38, while the Rebels closed things out with a 37-22 victory over the visiting Bearkatz.
In the girls' contest, Highland's Alex Isaacs was just too much for Melbourne to contend with.
Not only did Isaacs have her way in the paint, she also stepped out behind the 3-point arc and nailed three treys on her way to a game-high 25 points.
Melbourne spread the floor early and worked the ball around the perimeter to pull the Lady Rebs away from the basket.
And while the Lady Katz did manage to penetrate the lane for a couple of layups, Highland jumped in front 16-4 after one period of play.
Stacee Hargett (14 points) tossed in seven points early in the second, helping Melbourne forge a 9-2 run that pulled the Lady Bearkatz within four, down 20-16.
But Bobie Jo Cooper (seven points) hit a jumper, Whitney Davis (11 points) broke free for a layup and Isaacs tossed in four straight points to jump start the Lady Rebels to a 28-19 cushion at the half.
Sage Parish (five points) and Christy Bigness (seven points) each hit a triple for Melbourne early in the third, but Isaacs scored seven points in the frame to push the Lady Rebels in front 38-27 after three.
Michelle Arnold scored six points for Melbourne, while Kelly Shell added five.
On the boys' side of things, Brad Harris dumped in a game-high 18 points and Highland limited Melbourne to just four points in the first half of play, leading to a 37-22 win for the homestanding Rebels.
The first period was a bit sluggish, as Harris scored all four of Highland's points in the frame, while Bryce Taylor (10 points) was responsible for Melbourne's lone hoop of the stanza, leaving the Katz behind 4-2 after one.
Things opened up for the Rebels in the second period.
Brandon Ariola and Jason Long dropped in back-to-back triples, while Garrett Johnson hit a deuce to push Highland in front 14-2.
The Katz' only bucket of the second came via a jumper by Justin Rich with 3:17 left until the half.
Jalen Belleton hit a free throw and Harris stuck back a missed shot late in the second to give Highland a 19-4 lead at the break.
Taylor nailed a pair of 3-balls in the third for Melbourne, but Highland still led 27-15 heading into the final period.
The Rebels closed the game on an 8-2 run to hold off the Bearkatz 37-22.
Harris Young finished with six points for Highland.
Mitch Satterwhite logged three points for Melbourne.
Kerby Smith and Kyle Rich had two points apiece for the visiting Melbourne Bearkatz.