In a mega night of basketball at Valley View on Jan. 18, all of the Highland teams -- boys and girls, juniors and seniors -- took it on the chin.
The four game night resulted from the Razorbacks playing in the Sugar Bowl, which no one wanted to miss. That meant taking the Jan. 4 games and combining them with the Jan. 18 contests.
The Lady Rebels stayed close to Valley View, but could never get a timely stop, sending them to a 47-32 loss against the conference's second best team.
Neither Highland nor the Lady Blazers were heating up the buckets in the first quarter as the Lady Rebels hit 3 of 11 and the Valley View went 4 of 13 to give the Lady Blazers an 11-7 lead.
Bobie Jo Cooper hit a trey as Highland shot a little better in the second quarter and was down only 20-18 at the half.
Poor shooting struck both teams again with Alex Isaacs giving Highland its first points with just over a minute left in the third. Regardless, the Lady Rebs were only down 28-23 after three.
True to their name, the Lady Blazers scored on their first eight possessions to counteract Whitney Davis' lone three-pointer for Highland. The Lady Rebs finished the game on a 6-2 run.
Davis had 14 points to lead Highland (8-10, 4-4) and Isaacs added nine.
In the same way, the Rebels held their own against the Blazers, but a five point fourth quarter sent them to a 58-43 loss.
A late trey by Garrett Johnson closed the first quarter gap to 21-15 as Valley View started the game scoring on its first six possessions. Highland stayed with them, but got behind on a Blazer 7-3 run in the middle of the quarter.
Highland blocked a shot and got two steals to start the second, but couldn't turn them into points, as Valley View extended the lead to 39-25 at halftime.
Harris Young scored seven points for the Rebs in the period.
Highland wasn't exactly hot, but Valley View was the opposite of blazing in the third. Brad Harris scored seven points, while Valley View scored six total which allowed Highland to cut the deficit to 45-38.
It flip-flopped in the fourth, with the only Reb points coming from Jason Long to start the quarter and Brandon Ariola to finish it, while the Blazers found their touch with 13 points to put away the game.
Highland (4-10, 2-6) was led by Harris and Young with 11 points each, and Long added 10.
On Jan 17, the Lady Rebs, hampered by many foul calls, fell to Gosnell, 56-31.
Kemhari Soward scored all of Gosnell's points in the first to give the Lady Pirates a 12-2 advantage. Highland out scored Gosnell 25-24 over the next two periods, but could only manage four points in the fourth.