Tigers get vote in 'Battle of the Springs'
Coach Josh Hill's senior boys were the lone team to take a win home from Valley Springs on Tuesday as two of the three votes on election day went to the Valley Springs Tigers.
The Highlander boys won, 59-31, but the senior girls lost 58-30, and so did the junior girls, 28-22.
13-10, 34-16, 45-23, 59-31
The Highlanders (2-1) stayed away from a full court press and worked their half-court man defense in this game.
"We played pretty well defensively," Coach Hill said. "Not a bad overall effort. We went for less threes this time and it paid off. We made 8 of 16 and didn't rush, didn't take bad ones.
"Chris Williams played good, and Jake Seymour played a good game. He came off the bench and had five assists, a three, and played good defense."
Cash Covington went inside more this game and scored 23 points, but still had three treys.
ES- Covington- 23, 3 3s; Steven Pendergraft- 9, 1 3s; Williams- 8, 2 3s; 4's- Victor Smith, Paul Sebby; Junior Mullins- 3, 1 3s; Seymour- 3; 2's- Waylon Wolfinbarger, Kurtis Earls , John Kneiss.
11-14, 15-33, 26-43, 30-58
"They were bigger, and rode us all night," Coach Aaron Hall said about Valley's aggressive girls. "Their guards are big and play physical, but we need to block out better."
The Lady Highlanders (1-2) were without the services of senior forward Jessica Parsons, who was out of town on a trip, and that hurt against the Lady Tiger pressure.
"Valley is a very good ball club, and we couldn't get going offensively," Hall said. "Hanna Cole really stepped up. She's been in the gym all summer and it shows. Mandy Moore did a good job ballhandling while getting banged around."
ES- Cole- 10, 2 3s; Moore- 7; 5's- Becca Wallis, Jessica Smith; Ashley Knapp- 3. VS- Ragland- 16; Reeves- 10.
4-6, 9-14, 17-22, 22-28
"We played outstanding the night before, and on Saturday, but played our worst game of the year," Coach Hall said. The team had four games in five days, and this one was at the end of that string.
Amanda Dunham led the team in scoring with 11, but Coach Hall said, "Amanda didn't have a field goal in the second half. They were pressing us," and the team just ran out of legs.
ES- Dunham- 11; Erika Wardlaw- 6; Kimberly Peek- 4; Sigrid Kline- 1. VS- Jones- 14.