It's good to make a mark in the win column. The Lady Rebels overcame a deficit in the first quarter with a 15-6 second quarter and held on to beat the Lady Wildcats at Trumann, 46-41, on Monday, Jan. 21 to earn their first victory of the season.
"I told them I was really proud of them because they did the game plan and did everything they were supposed to do," said first year Lady Rebel Head Coach Carrie Eoff.
Highland lost to the Lady Blazers of Valley View, 56-28, at the Hutson Center on Thursday, Jan. 24.
In the previous two games, sophomore Hope Isaacs had a total of 51 points, but only had two in the first half of the Trumann game. On the other hand, Kylie Severn scored all six of Highland's first quarter points with a single free throw, a layup and a trey. In the second quarter, Megan Burton had two three-pointers, Severn got her second trey, Isaacs got a bucket, and Shaina Manning put in two short jumpers to give the Lady Rebs a 21-17 halftime lead.
"When they were guarding Hope, then Kylie would hit. When they guarded Kylie, then Megan would hit. They would guard Megan, then Britney (Bair) would hit," explained Eoff. "When they left one person open, they were going to hit, and that's hard to stop."
With a three-pointer from Bair and eight points from Isaacs, Highland extend their lead to 37-29 at the end of three.
Trumann generated some offense in the final period, but the Lady Rebels went 6 of 8 from the free throw line and got a third trey from Severn.
Highland was led by Severn with 15 points and Isaacs with 13.
The regular season may be a bust, but the district tournament is right around the corner.
"I told the ladies, you've got to look past the record right now. At playoff time, it's anybody's game," said Eoff.
Against Valley View, the Lady Rebs found themselves down 14-6 after one quarter and 24-10 at halftime. The Lady Blazers forced eight turnovers and led 40-16 after three. Highland found the basket in the fourth period scoring 12, but could not overcome Valley View's lead.
Isaacs led Highland (1-19, 1-11) with 10 points.
The Rebel boys couldn't stop the three-point shooting of Clark Brewington, and fell to Pocahontas, 48-47, at home on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Even with a 22-point third quarter, Highland couldn't keep up with the Pirates and lost at Gosnell, 67-51, on Friday, Jan. 25.
The Rebels held a 44-43 lead against the Redskins with under a minute and a half to play. The son of Pocahontas coach Anthony Brewington, Clark, who had four three-pointers to that point, was left open for his fifth trey. Ethan Hoppe missed two free throws with less than 30 seconds to go, which would have give Highland the lead. Highland had to quickly foul five times to send Pocahontas to the line, and the Redskin player made both attempts with four seconds on the clock to put the game out of reach.
Coach Brewington pulled his players out of the action for the final seconds, which allowed Rebel Charlie Fuller to hit an uncontested three-pointer for the final score.
Highland held an 18-11 lead after one period, and the game was tied at 26-all at halftime. A dismal third quarter saw the Redskins start the quarter with a trey and a bucket for their five points, and Highland finish the quarter with Avery Johnson sinking the backend of his two free throw attempts and Hoppe making a bucket plus one for the Rebels four points.
Highland was led by Hoppe with 18 points and Johnson with 17.
Gosnell plays fast and furious and doesn't let a lack of offensive plays get in their way. It was hard for the Rebs to keep up with them.
The Pirates scored the first four points before Fuller hit one of his two free throws to give Highland one point. Then Gosnell hit the next four shots. The Rebels finished on a 9-2 run to cut the score to 16-10 at the end of one period.
Gosnell started the second on a 15-0 run, and Johnson finally gave the Rebs a bucket with about two minutes left in the second. The Pirates held a 38-16 halftime lead.
Highland got six points each from Johnson, Hoppe and Cody Odell and cut the score to a nine point deficit at one point, but Gosnell led 51-38 after three.
The Pirates made 8-of-9 free throws in the fourth.
Johnson led Highland (5-12, 2-8) with 17 points, Hoppe added 16 and Odell 10.