After just one practice, Highland lost to the Wildcats, 71-56, on Monday, Nov. 3, at home, and then lost to the Timberwolves, 63-35, in the first round of the Lyon College Tournament, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Batesville.
The Lady Rebels continued learning a new system, but remained winless after dropping their second conference game to Gosnell, 70-39, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Hutson Center.
In their first game of the season, the Rebels jumped out to a 16-14 first quarter lead against Trumann behind a couple of treys by Sterling Stowers and some tough defense that forced seven turnovers.
It took until two minutes left in the half for the Wildcats to retake the lead at 25-24, but Highland finished strong getting a layup and three-pointer from Cody Odell and another bucket from Stowers to go into the locker room up 31-30.
Trumann used a 10-0 run in the middle of the third to put some distance between them and the Rebs to finish the period over Highland 48-41.
The Wildcats scored on 12-of-17 of their fourth quarter possessions, and the Rebels shot just four-of-13 from the field to finish the game.
Highland was led by Ethan Hoppe, Avery Johnson and Stowers with 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively.
Facing Cedar Ridge in the first round of the Lyon College Tournament, Highland found a Timberwolves team that worked efficiently and made their shots. The Highland defense and offense was aggressive, but couldn't match the Timberwolves shooting.
The Rebels held the lead twice in the first quarter but Cedar Ridge led 16-11 after one.
It takes time for a player to find his basketball legs, and the Rebels seemed to be worn down in the second quarter hitting only two baskets, one by Colby McGuire that included a free throw, and the other by Hoppe. The Timberwolves led 32-16 at halftime.
Odell and Johnson hit layups in the third quarter as Cedar Ridge extended their lead to 57-20.
Playing under the running competition clock, McGuire and Chase Martin each had five points, and Charlie Fuller added a three to cut into Cedar Ridge's lead.
McGuire led Highland with eight points, and Johnson added seven.
For the Lady Rebels, it seems like the second quarter is their best quarter, and it was no different against Gosnell.
Finding themselves down 20-9 after one period, the Lady Rebs scored 18 points in the second behind seven of 12 from the free throw line and getting seven points from Britney Bair. However, they couldn't catch the Lady Pirates as they extended their lead to 43-27 at the break.
Kylie Severn, Hope Isaacs, and Dazjia Richardson each had buckets in the third, but they suffered 11 turnovers to find themselves down 59-33.
Gosnell hit seven of 11 from the free throw line in the fourth. Highland got two points from Bair, Severn and Haley Young.
The Lady Rebels were led by Bair with 14 points, and Isaacs added 10.