The Lady Rebels used a 21-point first quarter against Gosnell to get a conference victory, 55-48, at home on Dec. 7, but then fell victim to a two-point second quarter to exit the Lyon College Invitational Tournament with a second round loss to Calico Rock, 46-36, on Dec. 8.
The Rebels stayed winless against conference opponents with a 47-39 loss to Trumann on Dec. 7 at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center.
Highland had five players score in the first quarter against the Lady Pirates of Gosnell to jump out to a 16-11 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, Alex Isaacs put in all of the Lady Rebels' 11 points to extend the advantage to 32-20 at halftime.
The Lady Pirates used a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to five, but the Lady Rebs finished with a 8-4 run to end the third up, 42-33.
Highland started the fourth with a 7-2 run and then held on as Gosnell would eventually outscore them, but not overcome the Lady Rebs lead.
Isaacs had 28 points for Highland and Bobi Jo Cooper added nine. Shanece McClain put in 21 for Gosnell.
In their next contest, the Lady Rebs scored three points in the first five minutes and found themselves down 12-3 to the Lady Pirates of Calico Rock, but ended with Isaacs and Whitney Davis outscoring Calico 7-4 to finish the quarter down only 16-10.
"We talked about we were going to make them hit shots. Their real strength is dribble penetration and if they can get to the basket, they are really tough then," said Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis. "They get to the basket, they get to the free throw line plus they kick it out and hit threes. So we made them shoot the shots, but we just wish they would have missed some shots."
Hannah Young scored Highland's only bucket in the second quarter as Calico Rock effectively used the full-court press to limit Highland's ability to get across the mid-court line, leading the Lady Pirates to a 26-12 halftime score.
"We haven't seen anybody that's ran and jumped us and doubled teamed us like that," explained Davis. "I know that we'll run into it with Pocahontas and Valley View will do that a little bit, so hopefully the experience will make us a little bit better."
The second half was better for the Lady Rebs, but they were not able to get back in the game.
Highland kept the Lady Pirates from scoring for the first four minutes and Isaacs finished the quarter with three treys to cut the score to 34-25.
Emily Johnson scored eight of her 24 points in the fourth to seal the win for Calico Rock.
Isaacs finished with 23 points for Highland (3-4, 1-1).
"I thought they fought back hard. We've talked about getting to where we can compete with the really good teams and Calico is about as good a team as you'd want to get," said Davis.
In a Dec. 7 Varsity Boys game, the Rebels got six of Harris Young's 12 points and the defense forced four turnovers to end the first quarter to get Highland a 16-10 lead over Trumann.
Young and Jalen Belleton hit three straight shots to start the second to extend the advantage to 10, but would struggle the rest of the half allowing the Wildcats to take a 26-25 lead into halftime.
Highland didn't score for the first two minutes of the second half when Jason Long hit a three to retake the lead, and Trumann didn't score for the first six minutes to start half when Lee Conatser tossed in a trey to retake the lead. Conatser contributed all of the Wildcats eight third quarter points to keep Trumann up, 34-30.
With the score 40-38 in favor of Trumann with just over a minute left, the Wildcats hit five of five from the charity stripe to take the conference win.
Highland is 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the 3-4A.