Highlanders split Homecoming games with Yellowjackets
Senior Jessica Parsons was crowned 2003 Homecoming Queen before a packed house last Friday, then shed her gown for a Lady Highlander uniform and scored six points during an exciting one-point 58-57 win over the Kingston Lady Yellowjackets.
Coach Josh Hill's senior boys weren't so fortunate in the game played just after the crowning ceremony, as a hot-shooting Kingston team hit seven threes and 24 of 32 free throws on the way to an 89-68 win.
7-14, 25-32, 43-40, 58-57
Coach Aaron Hall's Lady Highlanders got rid of the gowns and glitter for their nightcap, but fell behind 12-0 the first quarter before shaking off Homecoming distractions.
Coach Hall called an early timeout to wake the girls up, then changed to a man defense. It worked, slowing Kingston down while speeding up their offense.
Junior Becca Wallis kept the team in the game the first half, when she scored 10 of her 17 points. Guard Mandy Moore chipped in 10 in the third quarter, Hanna Cole three, and Queen Parsons three to take a lead.
In the fourth, Eureka kept a 46-40 lead until Kingston went up with under a minute to go. Moore drove the lane, dished off, then Jordan Lauer was spotted wide open 15-feet from the basket.
The ball went to Lauer, who swished what proved to be the winner and her only points of the night. Kingston had 10 seconds to answer but misfired, and Wallis pulled the rebound down to seal the Homecoming victory.
ES- Moore- 20, 1 3s; Wallis- 17; 6's- Parsons, Laura McBeth; Cole- 5; 2's- Jessica Smith, Lauer. KN- Woods- 22.
13-21, 34-40, 43-59, 68-89
Eureka's height wasn't an advantage as the smaller Yellowjackets beat the Highlanders to rebounds, then used their press to create scoring opportunities.
Eureka point guard Steven Pendergraft did hit four threes and netted 21 points, but Kingston's Bohannon hit for 33 points, including 13 of 17 free throws, while his team made seven threes.
Highlander big men Cash Covington and Victor Smith had 17 and 10 points respectively, but Kingston hit 24 of 32 free throws for the game, 13 of 14 in the fourth quarter when Eureka fouled to catch up, ruining Eureka's Homecoming for the boys.
ES- Pendergraft- 21, 4 3s; Covington- 17; Smith- 10; Chris Williams- 8, 2 3s; Waylon Wolfinbarger- 5; Paul Sebby- 4; John Kneiss- 3. K- Bohannon- 33, 1 3s, 13/17 Fts.
Junior High stories, including the Lead Hill tournament, will be run in the Carroll County News Weekend Edition.