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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Highland's Hope Isaacs slides through traffic for a shot against Westside in the Kell Classic. Isaacs was named to the All-Tournament team in the annual event. Photo/Sparks [Order this photo]
It looked like another early exit for Highland.

Harrisburg, the 11-seed, had the sixth-seeded Lady Rebels down by 17 at the end of three in the first round of the Kell Classic in Swifton on Jan. 7.

The Lady Hornets were making enough baskets to keep the Lady Rebs at bay in the fourth quarter.

Then, with three minutes left in regulation, Hope Isaacs made a bucket, Hannah Young banged in a trey, and Tabby McNulty hit two 3-pointers in a row, whileHarrisburg went 1-of-4 from the free throw line.

Young gave Highland another two points and with three seconds on the clock, Isaacs sank both free throws to tie the score at 45-all and send the game into the first of three overtimes.

Highland would prevail 59-58 when McNulty, having just missed the first attempt, put in the second with 14 seconds left in the game.

Young's 3-pointer gave the Lady Rebels the lead in the first overtime, but the Lady Hornets also got a trey to re-tie the game at 49-all.

In the second overtime, Harrisburg jumped out with a quick bucket, but Britney Bair hit two short jumpers to knot the game at 53-all.

Highland found themselves down by five in the final overtime, before McNulty hit a 3-pointer to jump start the Lady Reb offense.

The two teams exchanged the lead twice in the first period, with Harrisburg taking a 10-9 opening quarter advantage.

Harrisburg finished the half on a 12-0 run for a 28-14 lead.

Highland had a chance to cut into the Lady Hornet lead, but went 3-of-6 from the charity stripe -- they were 14-of-24 for the game. Harrisburg ended the quarter on a 6-0 run.

McNulty and Isaacs each had 17 points for Highland.

Lady Warriors 41, Lady Rebels 38

Another Lady Rebels game in the Kell Classic started like a blowout, but it ended up being nip-and-tuck.

Westside jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game, but the Lady Rebels responded with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 9-all at the end of the first period.

No team had more than a five point lead through the rest of the game.

The Lady Warriors, the three seed, ended the game on a 5-0 run to advance in the Kell Classic on Jan. 12 with a 41-38 victory.

Highland held the lead twice in the second quarter on 3-pointers by Bair and Cassidy Berton, but Westside end the half up 22-17.

The Lady Rebs retook the lead with a 10-2 run to start the third, and two free throws by Lady Rebel senior Sydney Shackelford tied the game at 29-all with two seconds left in the period.

Highland held fourth quarter leads of 33-31 and 38-36, but failed to score again in the game.

Isaacs led the team with 12 points. Shackelford and Bair had 10 and 9 points, respectively.

Isaacs was named to the All-Tournament team for Highland.

Falcons 53, Rebels 49

Highland put up a lot of shots against Crowley's Ridge Academy, but only got a fourth of them to fall. The ninth-seeded Rebels went 15-of-60 from the field on their way to a 53-49 first round loss in the Kell Classic on Jan. 7.

On the positive side, playing their up-tempo game, the Rebs had only 16 turnovers as compared to the eighth-seeded Falcons' 25.

Jalen Belleton got off two quick buckets for an early 4-3 Rebel lead, but the team went 3-of-19 shooting and found themselves down 14-8 at the end of one.

A putback by Ethan Hoppe gave Highland a 18-17 lead with just over three minutes left in the half, which the Rebs pushed to 27-24 by the end of the period.

CRA finished the second quarter hitting 5-of-6 free throws to cut into Highland's lead.

Neither team shot well in the third, but CRA was able to tied the game at 32-all midway through the period and had a 4-1 run in the last minute-and-a-half to go up 36-33.

Buckets by Hoppe and Brandon Walsh tied the score at 37-all early in the fourth, and the Rebs would tie it again at 43-all with just under five minutes left in the game.

Highland went 6-of-14 from the line in the final period, including 2-of 6-in the final minute.

Hoppe led Highland with 16 points and Belleton added 11.

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