E.S. Junior Highlander basketball teams busy
The junior high and seventh grade basketball teams at Eureka Springs were busy last week and this one, as regular season and tournament games overlapped.
Coach Josh Hill's junior boys took a 43-49 loss at Homecoming last week on Halloween Friday, then boarded the bus on Saturday morning to play their first game in the Lead Hill Junior High tournament, along with the junior girls.
The boys beat St. Joe 44-40, but Coach Aaron Hall's junior girls fell behind a talented and tall St. Joe team and lost, 32-41, ending their run in the tournament.
The junior boys played in the semifinals of the Lead Hill tournament on Wednesday against Flippin, and won 53-44. They play in the finals on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m against either Bruno-Pyatt or Kingston.
LEAD HILL TOURNAMENT
Saturday, Nov. 1
Jr. Boys vs. St. Joe
8-15, 24-23, 36-27, 44-40
"It was a learning experience," Coach Hill said with a wry smile, but the win moved the team's record to 2-2 and put them in the semifinals on Wednesday against Flippin.
ES- Parsons- 13, 1 3s; Eiler- 10; Guindon- 8; Mitchell- 7; Wes Prado- 6, 2 3s.
Jr. Girls vs. St. Joe
10-18, 23-24, 27-32, 32-41
"Their offense was very confusing to us," Coach Hall said. "We played a zone, and they cut through it with a pattern we hadn't worked against, and we didn't play very well. Amanda Dunham had 14 points the first half and only had one foul, but she got three fouls in one minute in the third quarter and had to come out with four fouls.
"That was a turning point in the game, no doubt," coach said. The team went to 2-2 with the loss.
ES- Dunham- 17; Erika Wardlaw- 6; Kimberly Peek- 3; 2s- Sigrid Kline, Megan Edmondson, Callie Smith. St.J- Chelse Woods- 14, Charli Brown- 14.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Jr. Boys vs. Flippin
14-11, 31-21, 40-31, 53-44
Jordan Parsons got his shooting eye back during the last two games and led the team with 26 points this time, including five threes in this one.
"We played okay," Coach Hill said. "It's the second game in a row that Jordan has shot the ball well. This is the best shooting team I've had here. We had eight threes against Alpena, and seven against Flippin."
ES- Parsons- 26, 5 3s; Justin Reeves- 9; Chris Eiler- 8; Parker Mitchell- 7; Shane Poulson- 3; Josh Guindon- 2. FL- Herbst- 15; Collins- 14; Wallace- 10.
Monday, Nov. 3
19-6, 32-12, 45-24, 54-30
"We hit eight threes the first half and it was over quick," Coach Hill said. "Jordan Parsons hit three threes the first quarter. We pressed with our full court man and got some layups off that."
The team moved to 3-2 with the win.
ES- Parsons- 16, 4 3s; Prado- 7; 6's- Lester, Reeves; Guindon- 5; Rudy Sanchez- 4; 3's- Shane Poulson, Nathan Drebenstedt; 2's- Eiler, Mitchell. ALP- Remer- 15.
11-21, 19-30, 28-41, 37-53
"It was the best team we've played all year," Coach Hall said. "And that includes Bergman. Both those teams were very good.
"They were big," coach said. "Their point guard, Mckala McNair, must be 5-8. Our guards are big, but theirs were bigger. They pressed us and we started down 10," coach said, with the team rallying several times during the game to cut the lead to 10 by the fourth quarter.
"We hung in there the fourth quarter and made it closer than the final score showed," Hall said.
ES- Peek- 16, 1 3s; Dunham- 11; Wardlaw- 8; Edmondson- 2. ALP- McNair- 24; Kaysi Gibbons- 21.
Alpena won both seventh grade games ---- boys, 33-15, and girls 32-9.
Friday, Oct. 31
Jr. Boys vs. Kingston
7-15, 24-26, 34-37, 43-49
"Kingston pressed and we pressed back, but they killed us on the glass," Coach Hill said about the Junior Highlanders (1-2) rebounding. "They had one real good one inside. We hope to see them again, maybe at the Lead Hill tournament."
ES- Josh Guindon- 10, 2 3s; Parker Mitchell- 8; 7s- Chris Eiler, Cody Lehr; Jordan Parsons- 5; Travis Lester- 4; Justin Reeves- 2. Team- 10/16 Fts. KN- Riley- 24.