The gentleman Rebels fell to the rival Redskins, 52-41, at Pocahontas on Monday, Dec. 10, and then to the Blazers, 72-35, at Valley View on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The Lady Rebels lost to Trumann, 53-51, at home on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and to Pocahontas, 53-27, also at the Hutson Center.
Playing in their third game of the season, Highland put together an excellent first half against Pocahontas. Getting 11 second-quarter points from sophomore Avery Johnson, the Rebels went into halftime up 27-19, and this after being down just nine to eight after one period.
With senior Sterling Stowers and junior Cody Odell unable to play in the game, along with early foul trouble for Johnson and Spenser Stowers, the team lacked depth going into the second half.
Only Ethan Hoppe and Johnson provided scores in the third quarter, and the Redskins were able to overcome Highland' lead, 32-31.
Colby McGuire gave the Rebs back the advantage to start the fourth, but that would be their last lead. Pocahontas hit eight of nine from the free throw line and shot five of nine from the field, but Highland shot just two of eight from the field and six of eight from the stripe.
Johnson led Highland with 17 points, and Hoppe and McGuire each added eight.
Finding themselves down 32-24 against the Lady Wildcats, the Lady Rebels nearly came back to win their first game of the season. Kylie Severn had two treys in the final quarter, but the team shot just four of 13 from the free throw line.
Severn and Britney Bair hit three-pointers in the first quarter and Hope Isaacs hit a bucket, but the Lady Rebs could not match Trumann's 17 points. The Lady 'Cats did not cool off, but Bair's nine points helped Highland to a 16-15 second quarter.
The Lady Rebel defense held Trumann to just six points in the third, and Isaacs scored eight to cut the Lady Wildcat lead down to 38-35.
Isaacs led Highland with 19 points, Bair added 16, and Severn had four treys for 12 points.
Highland welcomed back former Lady Rebel head coach Harlan Davis, who is now leading the Lady Redskins of Pocahontas.
His team shot well in the first to power its way to a 14-9 advantage over the Lady Rebs. Isaacs had four points, Bair a basket and Megan Burton a three to help keep Highland close.
The Lady Rebels got an old fashion three point play from Bair, a short jumper from Isaacs and two charity shots from Cassidy Berton in the second, but Pocahontas pulled out to a 31-16 halftime lead.
It took four minutes into the second half for Highland to find its first points, but finished strong with eight points. The Lady Redskins extended their lead to 43-24.
Highland (0-9, 0-5) was led by Bair with 12, and Isaacs with eight.
Playing a rescheduled game on Saturday, the Rebels couldn't keep up with the scoring ability of Valley View.
The Blazers started off the game with a trey and hit four total in the quarter to jump out to a 24-9 first quarter lead. Highland got a three from Johnson, buckets from Hoppe and McGuire, and free throws from Odell.
The Rebs shooting woes continued into the second quarter with Highland only connecting on two of 18 shots. Johnson gave them four points, and Zane Worsencroft added two, but they trailed, 44-15, at the half.
Getting five points from Charley Fuller, the Rebels matched Valley View with a 14-14 third quarter.
Johnson led Highland (0-4, 0-3) with 10 points. Worsencroft, Fuller and Spenser Stowers added five, each.