Saints good hosts to Highlander Sr. boys
The Eureka Springs senior high basketball teams got a hot reception from the Class AAA Shiloh Christian Saints last Thursday, but the Highlander boys (5-1) woke up after the first half and raced away to a 53-24 victory.
The Lady Highlanders (2-4) were outsized in what became a physical game and lost, 55-35.
11-6, 20-15, 43-18, 53-24
It was close the first half when Eureka stayed in a halfcourt man defense that allowed the Saints to eat up the clock with pass after pass.
But after a "little chat at halftime," as Coach Josh Hill called it, Eureka pressed and used a pressure defense to get the speed of the game up and outscored the Saints 23-3 that quarter.
"We missed layups and free throws the first half," Hill said, "but we played the best defense I've seen here in my four years. Victor Smith played his best third quarter (8 points) and was real aggressive, plus we had less than 10 turnovers.
"Cash (Covington) and Stephen (Pendergraft) are taking better care of the ball is one of the reasons," Hill said about the low number of turnovers.
Covington finished with 25 points, including four threes, while Smith and Pendergraft each had nine. Guards Chris Williams and Jake Seymour had four each, and Waylon Wolfinbarger two after getting in foul trouble. No Saint player scored in double figures.
5-12, 11-27, 22-45, 35-55
"They were big, had big guards, and it was a physical game," Coach Aaron Hall said. "The second half it was a 28-24 game, but it took us a half to adjust to the physical play. The officials didn't call much either way.
"We shot poorly, but Becca Wallis was all over the place, getting rebounds and scoring. She had 11 points and played well. And Jessica Smith, this was her kind of game. She had 11 points."
Eureka's outside game couldn't get going with all the contact, as Jessica Parsons scored just six, Laura McBeth, Kendra Pyatt, and Breanna Freeman 2 each, and Mandy Moore 1.
For Shiloh, Kaitlyn Garrison had 20, and Rachael Smith and Stephanie Hudson 11 each.