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Lady Rebs edged by improved Brookland squad

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Britney Bair pulls the trigger against Brookland Jan. 5. Photo/Sparks [Order this photo]
Highland's Lady Rebels lost a heartbreaker to Brooklyn on Jan. 5.

Hannah Young had just hit a wide-open jumper with a minute left in the game. Brookland's Jordan Maynard missed the front end of a one-and-one that Hope Isaacs rebounded and dribbled basket-to-basket for a layup to cut the Lady Bearcats lead to 45-44.

The Lady Rebels couldn't get the stop and were forced to foul Samantha Flowers.

She made both of her free throws.

Driving for the tying basket, Tabby McNulty passed up -- albeit covered -- a shot for a final pass that was stolen, to seal the 47-44 conference victory for Brookland at Highland.

"For the next few years, Brookland is going to be one of the elite basketball programs in our conference," said Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis. "His junior high bunch is really good. His senior high bunch plays extremely hard. They're going to win a lot of basketball games."

Isaacs got the Lady Rebs on the board first with two free throws, and Cassidy Berton tied the game at 4-all before the Lady Bearcats went on a 9-4 run to finish the first quarter up 13-8.

A trey by Isaacs and a Britney Bair bucket tied the game at 13-all, and McNulty gave Highland the lead with a 3-pointer.

Brookland finished strong again, 9-4, to stay out front, 24-20, at halftime.

Flowers hit two shots to open the second half before Highland went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 30-all. Flowers connected on two charity shots to give the Lady Bearcats at two-point lead going into the final period.

The Lady Rebels took a lead early in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 36-all and 39-all.

Maynard had six points to propel Brookland to the win.

"I thought we played with a lot more focus from the tip to the finish. We didn't experience an 8 or 10-0 run by Brookland," explained Davis. "We kept it close against a good solid team -- made good decisions."

Isaacs led Highland (3-9, 2-4) with 16 points. Young added eight and McNulty and Sydney Shackelford put in six each.

Pirates 71, Rebels 58

Fast and Furious starring the Rebels and Pirates played one show at the Gosnell gymnasium on Jan. 2, with pressure being the keyword, as in pressure offense and pressure defense.

Very little time was spent 'setting up the offense' as the two teams combined for about 120 shots with less than half of them finding the net.

Highland (1-9, 0-5) won the shooting percentage battle 47 percent to 41, but Gosnell won the conference game 71-58.

The Rebels, who had 10 of their 32 turnovers in the first quarter, found themselves down 10-4 halfway through the opening period, but buckets by Jalen Belleton and Chase Hutchins helped them tie the score at 10-all before the Pirates went on a 9-2 run in the last minute to finish the quarter up 19-12.

Highland kept Gosnell from making a second quarter run, but were not able to cut into the Pirate's lead. Gosnell finished the half up 34-26.

Using a 9-2 run, the Rebs cut the score to 40-35 in the third, but the Pirates responded with an 8-4 run for a 48-39 advantage.

Senior Jason Long had six points and Garrett Johnson five in the final period, but the Pirates went 8-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-12 from the line in the fourth quarter to keep Highland from making a comeback.

Johnson, Belleton and Ethan Hoppe led the team with 13, 11, and 10 points, respectively.

Lady Blazers 51,

Lady Rebels 43

Down 42-28, the Lady Rebels used seven points by Young, three by McNulty and a bucket by Isaacs to cut the deficit to six midway through the fourth, but two consecutive buckets by Lady Blazer Carly Nichols stopped the run and preserved a 51-43 conference victory at Valley View on Jan. 3.

Sydney Shackelford and McNulty started the game with back-to-back treys, and Isaacs added a layup to keep the score tied at 8-all before Valley View went on a 16-3 run to take a 24-11 first quarter lead.

Except for two three-pointers, the Lady Blazer shooters went cold, which allowed Highland to cut slightly into the lead, but still finding themselves down 30-20 at halftime.

Valley View reeled off seven points to start the third before the Lady Rebs could answer as the Lady Blazers extended their advantage to 42-28 by the end of the period.

The difference in the game was 36 percent shooting for the Lady Rebels, compared to 50 percent for Valley View.

Young led the Highland scorers with 12 points. McNulty added 11 points.

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