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Rebs battle weather, Westside, Brookland

Friday, February 11, 2011

Highland's Brad Harris lofts a shot over Westside's Hunter Mickelson in the Rebels' 3-4A tilt with the Warriors Feb. 3 in Jonesboro. Photo/Sparks
Weather cancellations wreaked havoc with the Highland basketball schedule, as the Rebels need to make up a game with Brookland and the Lady Rebels have to find another day to play Westside.

The Lady Rebs (11-11, 7-5) were able to pick up two conference wins last week at home, beating Brookland 51-39, on Jan. 31, and a 56-46 victory over Osceola on Feb. 3.

The Rebels played solid defense against Westside but couldn't come up with enough offense to bring down the conference-leading Warriors, falling 57-31 on Feb. 3.

Bobie Jo Cooper hit a short jumper and a 3-pointer, while Britney Bair and Alex Isaacs nailed treys to give Highland a 14-8 first quarter lead against Brookland.

The Lady Bearcats started the second on an 8-3 run, but didn't score during the last four minutes of the half, as the Lady Rebels extended their lead to 24-16.

The Lady Reb defense forced five Brookland turnovers and Isaacs scored six points to give Highland a 38-27 third quarter lead.

Most of the fourth was spent at the free throw line, with Brookland going seven-of-11 and Highland seven-of-15 from the charity stripe.

Isaacs led Highland with 15 points, Bair added 13 and Cooper 10.

By the time the Lady Seminoles put together a 21-10 fourth quarter, they were already behind 46-25, which was too much to overcome.

The Lady Rebs led 12-8 after one and 27-17 at halftime.

Isaacs scored 25 for the Lady Rebels, Bair had 11, and Whitney Davis put in 10.

When Highland boys met Westside in Nov. Westside jumped out to a 20-13 first quarter lead with Hunter Mickelson shooting early and often, but in January that would not be the case.

The Reb defense kept close tabs on Mickelson preventing him from touching the ball. Jason Long gave Highland a 3 and Brad Harris added two jumpers to get out of the first with a 7-all tie.

Mickelson scored four in the first and only three in the second, but his teammates finally started hitting shots to give the Warriors a 24-13 halftime lead. Harris, Harris Young and Garrett Johnson each scored two in the first three minutes, but the team didn't score again in the half.

Long, Harris and Johnson accounted for the Rebs six points as Westside ended the third up 36-19.

Harris had a bucket, Brandon Ariola gave the Rebs two 3-pointers, and Quinton Maag three points in the fourth.

Harris led the Highland (4-14, 1-11) with 10 and Ariola had six.

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