Junior Highlander teams top Eagles from Fayetteville Christian school

Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Eureka's Erika Wardlaw, No. 10, looked back and up to see if her layup made it into the basket. It did, plus she was fouled, earning a free throw. Wardlaw scored 11 points against Fayetteville Christian on Monday, and netted five in the game above with Omaha on Oct. 21. CCN/David McNeal

The Eureka Springs junior high basketball teams put their best foot forward on Monday for their first home games and sent two Fayetteville Christian basketball teams packing with losses.

Coach Aaron Hall's junior girls won their game 36-22, giving them a 2-1 season mark, while Coach Josh Hill's junior boys overcame a slow start and won 41-31, good for a 1-1 record.

JUNIOR GIRLS

12-4, 25-8, 34-15, 36-22

The Junior Lady Highlanders got their defense and fast break going from the start, with Erika Wardlaw scoring the team's first six points on breakaway layups.

Wardlaw finished with 11 points, with post Amanda Dunham and forward Megan Edmondson chipping in six apiece. Kim Peek had five, Sigrid Kline four, and Hannah Milligan and Katie Wallace netting two each.

"This is a fun, hard-working group," Coach Hall said. "They play good team ball. We didn't press to start, but used a match-up zone. We played pretty well. Amanda Dunham is catching on at the post. She's gonna be good.

"We limited them to one shot most of the time, while we got three and four shots."

JUNIOR BOYS

6-2, 16-13, 39-15, 41-31

Coach Hill's squad struggled the first half, but turned it on after coach lit them up in the locker room at halftime. The team responded, outscoring Fayetteville Christian 23-2 in the the third quarter.

"We're real small, but this is the smartest team, basketball-wise, I've had since I've been here," Coach Hill said. "They shoot it well ---- we had seven threes in the game ---- and we press the whole game with these guys. Our guys on the back of the press are good."

Jordan Parsons led the team with 21 points, including four threes. Cody Lehr came off the bench and hit two threes for six points, and Chris Eiler hit one of the long-range bombs and netted five points on the night.

Parker Mitchell added four points, Justin Reeves and Shane Poulson two each, and Rudy Sanchez one. Robinson had 16 for Fayetteville Christian.

"It was our first home game and we were tight the first half," coach said, "but I talked to them at halftime and we outscored them 23-2 in the third. We subbed in the fourth quarter and we scored just two points, while Fayetteville scored 16."

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