The end of the week was bound to be great because of the holiday, but the beginning of the week didn't start out well for the Rebels and Lady Rebels.
Westside's Hunter Mickelson and his merry band of Warriors came into the Hutson Memorial Center and handed Highland a 57-38 conference loss, while the Lady Rebels struggled for three quarters in a 41-33 defeat at the hands of the Lady Warriors at Westside on Nov. 22.
Both teams traveled to Batesville on Nov. 23 to take on Southside.
A bad third quarter factored into a 39-18 loss for the Lady Rebels and a bad first half led to a 53-39 Southerner win over the Rebels.
In addition to trying to repeat as a state champion, Razorback signee Mickelson may be using this seasonal tour of Northeast Arkansas as a way to demonstrate the depth of his talent to the University of Arkansas fans.
His 33 points against the Rebels came from all over the floor; 3-pointers, long 2s, hook shots, fade aways, layups and, of course -- the crowd pleasing dunks.
"They started off hot. Hunter Mickelson was hitting shots that I've never seen him hit before," said Rebel Head Coach Chad Arnhart.
The Rebels were down in score from the start, but didn't get down as they played a solid game against a very good team.
Westside led 20-13 after one and 31-25 at halftime.
"Overall, I thought my guys played really hard. We've just got to play smarter," said Arnhart.
Highland only scored one point, a free throw by Chase Hutchings, in the third quarter, and suffered six turnovers.
"There's got to be some consequences for mistakes in practice," Arnhart said, explaining how the team needs to address turnovers. "We've got to really protect (the ball). We've got to understand that each possession is important. That's got to be our focus."
To the Reb defense's credit, Westside only scored six in the third.
Brad Harris, Jason Long and Sterling Stowers led the team with nine, eight, and seven points, respectively.
The Lady Rebels scored 14 points in the first three quarters against Westside and their 19 point fourth quarter couldn't overcome the deficit.
"We didn't get off to a very good start. They really came out and pressured us at half court and we didn't do a very good job of attacking it," explained Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis. "We played back on our heels most of the night and that led to a lot of turnovers."
Westside led 8-4 after one, 18-8 at halftime and 28-14 after three.
Whitney Davis used 10 of 11 free throw shooting to lead the team with 14 points. Alex Isaacs' eight, Bobie Jo Cooper's seven and Sydney Shackelford's four completed the rest of the scoring.
The Lady Rebels led for most of the first half against Southside.
Isaacs had seven points in the first quarter to give Highland a 11-10 first quarter lead.
Cooper and Natalie McCandlis each had three points to maintain a 17-16 halftime advantage.
Maggie Carlile scored all eight of her points in the third quarter to give the Lady Southerners a 28-23 lead. Highland cut the score to 37-35 with a minute left, but a turnover by the Lady Rebs and two of three from the free throw line by Southside kept Highland from winning.
Shackelford rainbowed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to close out the game.
Isaacs paced the team with 15 and Cooper added 9.
Brad Harris and Harris Young scored on a bucket and free throw in the first quarter, but that accounted for all of the Rebel scoring as Southside grabbed the early 11-6 lead.
The Southerners hit 7 of 10 from the charity stripe to maintain a 21-15 advantage at halftime.
The Rebs best quarter was the third as Long finished with two treys and Brandon Ariola added another, but Southside still led 36-31.
Harris led the team with 15.
The Rebels are 2-2, 0-1 for the season, while the Lady Rebels are 1-3, 0-1.