On Monday, Dec. 5, Highland nipped Cedar Ridge 13-11 in the first quarter, which was just enough to get a first round win, 35-34, in the Lyon College Invitational Tournament in Batesville.
Tuesday, the Lady Rebels soared to a 20-2 lead after one and had to rally past the Lady Pirates, who held the lead for a short time in the fourth, to earn a conference win, 43-37, at Gosnell.
Returning to the Lyon tourney, Mountain View won every quarter knocking Highland (3-4, 2-0) out of the tournament with a 51-29 victory.
In the Monday game, the Lady Rebels forced four Cedar Ridge turnovers and Britney Bair hit a 3-pointer near the end of the first quarter to give Highland a 13-11 advantage.
Hope Isaacs hit a trey and old-fashioned 3-pointer after a foul early in the second quarter and Sydney Shackelford added a bucket late to keep a two-point lead over the Lady Timberwolves at halftime, 21-19.
"We really emphasized seeing if we could play more intense on defense. We did a pretty good job of containing them," said Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis. "The drawback was our inexperience. When they pressured us a little bit, we got a little bit panicky. We picked (the ball) up and hurried to get it to somebody else and that gave them a chance to get back into it."
After Cedar Ridge outscored Highland 7-6 in the third, the Lady Wolves tied the game at 29-all at the 4:27 mark of the fourth. Highland went on a 6-0 run with Hannah Young hitting a shot, Bair knocking down the bucket plus a free throw, and Isaacs making the first of a one-and-one from the line.
Cedar Ridge finished with a three pointer and a layup and caused two Lady Rebel turnovers, but could not earn the win.
"We really wanted to look to be offensive minded. There were going to be times when we were going to freelance things. But we don't have the chemistry when we do that," explained Davis. "A girl will cut and try to freelance, but somebody else doesn't know what she's doing. So we've tried to simplify it and get in our offense. We're just not real comfortable in it yet."
Isaacs and Bair led the team in scoring with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Chloe Seller, Tabby McNulty, Isaacs and Bair each scored in the opening quarter to get the Lady Rebels out to a 20-2 start against Gosnell on Dec. 6.
The Lady Pirates were 1 of 12 shooting and had four turnovers in the first period.
Gosnell started the second quarter on a 7-0 run and ended with a 6-0 run to cut Highland's lead to 25-17. Young gave the Lady Rebs two points and Shackelford hit a trey in the quarter.
The Lady Pirates outscored Highland 9-5 in the third, but still found themselves down 30-26.
The Lady Rebels didn't score on their first five possession of the final period, which allowed Gosnell to take the lead at 31-30. The two teams exchanged leads until McNulty's 3-pointer gave Highland a 35-34 advantage. Isaacs finished the game 4 of 4 from the charity stripe to seal the conference win.
Isaacs had 15 points and McNulty 13 for the Lady Rebs.
Seven players scored for Highland against Mountain View, led by Isaacs and Young, each with seven points, but they also had 21 turnovers and shot 3 of 11 from the free throw line.
The Lady Yellowjackets led 11-5 after one, 25-12 at halftime and 38-21 in the third.
The Highland Rebels didn't have a regular season game this week.