Defense is nice, but putting the ball in the hole is fun.
Highland had lots of fun against Trumann at the Hutson Center on Jan. 23, as the Lady Rebels knocked down nine 3-pointers on their way to a dominating 58-33 conference victory over the Lady Wildcats.
For a team that averages about 40 points per game, and only had 35 in an overtime loss at Trumann in December, this was an outstanding night on offense.
Working in the team's favor was minimizing turnovers, as Highland committed only eight in the game, while forcing 16 from the Lady Cats.
Sydney Shackelford had four of the treys, to lead the team in shooting with 14 points.
The Lady Reb defense kept Trumann from scoring until the 4:20 mark in the first quarter. Highland outscored the Lady Wildcats 16-6 in the period, with eight points from Shackelford, four from Hope Isaacs and two each from Tabby McNulty and Britney Bair.
Trumann, who hit 14 of 16 from the line for the game, had an 8-0 run in the middle of the second, but Highland still finished the half with a 29-20 lead.
Hannah Young had two of the team's five treys in the third quarter, to extend their advantage to 46-25.
Six-of-11 shooting in the fourth by the Lady Rebels kept Trumann from making a comeback.
Isaacs had 11 points for Highland, and Young added 10.
Redskins 48, Rebels 40
Finally, Highland's shooting stats looked better than their opponents as they faced Pocahontas on Jan. 24.
The Rebels shot 58 percent from the field while the Redskins shot just 50, but Pocahontas had four 3-pointers and the Rebs had none. The Rebels were 50 percent from the line, just a little better than Pocahontas' 46, but the Redskins went to the free throw line four times more often than Highland. The result was a 48-40 conference loss.
Ethan Hoppe completed the old fashion 3-point play to give Highland a 7-5 lead, but Pocahontas went on a 12-4 run to finish the first period up 17-11.
Buckets by Garrett Johnson and Jason Long cut the Redskin advantage to 17-15, but Highland could barely dent the Pocahontas lead going in at half down 28-23.
In the third, Johnson, Cody Odell and Jalen Belleton got the Rebs within one at 30-29, but couldn't get any closer than a three point deficit after that.
The Redskins went just 7-of-13 from the line in the fourth, but unfortunately Highland went 3-of-9 from the field and could not catch them.
Hoppe led the team with 11 points, Johnson had 10, and Odell, Long and Belleton each added six.
Lady Blazers 55,
Lady Rebels 35
Hot and cold. A hot shooting Lady Rebel team versus Trumann turned chilly against Valley View. Chunking 54 shots on the night, including 25 from 3-point land, and hitting only 20 percent of them, sent Highland to a 55-35 conference loss against the Lady Blazers at the Hutson Center on Jan. 26.
In the first quarter, the Lady Blazers were blazing, knocking down their first six buckets to get out to a 13-2 lead, and finished the period up 15-6.
Highland cut the deficit to six early in the second, but Valley View went on a 13-2 run before senior Leanne Fry's bucket finished the half with the Lady Rebels down 30-15.
The Lady Rebs nearly matched Valley View shot for shot in the third, but couldn't gain any ground, ending the quarter down 45-28. Young, Shackelford and McNulty all had treys in this period.
Isaacs hit a basket early in the fourth but Highland didn't score again for about four minutes when Bair hit a short jumper, and Cassidy Berton hit a 3-pointer for the Lady Rebs' last score.
Shackelford led Highland (8-11, 6-5). with 11 points and Isaacs had 8.
Pirates 65, Rebels 58
Down 24 points at halftime, the Rebels rallied to cut the score to six with just 30 seconds left in the game, but Highland came up a little short, 65-58, against Gosnell at the Hutson Center on Jan. 27.
Long hit three 3-pointers in the third to start the rally, and the Reb defense forced six Pirate turnovers.
Belleton had four short jumpers to lead Highland in the fourth, and Gosnell went just 9-of-18 from the free throw line to give the Rebels a chance at a comeback.
The Pirates used a 9-4 run to take an 18-9 first quarter advantage, and scored on 10 of their 13 second quarter possessions to take a daunting 39-15 halftime lead.
Long led the Highland (1-16, 0-11) with 17 points and Belleton had 16.