The Highland Lady Rebels jumped out quickly and then led wire-to-wire en route to a 44-25 victory over the Izard County Lady Cougars in the opening round of the annual George Kell Classic Jan. 1 in Swifton.
The seventh-seeded Lady Rebs racked up the first nine points of the morning, thanks to a hoop and two free throws from Alex Isaacs (15 points), a trey by Bobie Jo Cooper (nine points) and putback via Whitney Davis (eight points).
Izard County's first point in the contest came one a charity toss by Trisha Arnold (11 points) with 5:30 left in the first period.
Up 9-1, Highland added to its margin in the last three minutes of the frame on triples from Davis and Isaacs.
Sami Wagner (three points) hit the last hoop of the first, but the 10th-seeded Lady Cougars trailed 17-5 after one.
The Lady Rebels used a trey from Davis, along with an old-fashioned 3-point play by Isaacs, to maintain its lead in the second.
Kaydie Campbell (10 points) blasted a 3-ball late in the frame, but a hoop by Chandler Holzhauer (four points) with 48 ticks left sent the squads to intermission with Highland on top 27-10.
Arnold racked up seven of Izard County's nine points in the third, but Highland refused give up its cushion, with the Lady Rebels taking a 37-18 lead into the final frame.
Britney Bair finished with four points for Highland, with Sydney Shackelford and Natalie McCandles notching two points apiece.