Jr. Highlanders tangle with Huntsville Eagles
The Class AAAA Huntsville Eagles flew to the mountain to take on the Junior Highlander basketball teams and flew back home with two wins on Monday night.
Eureka Springs was outmanned in both games, with the junior boys losing 51-35, and the junior girls falling 39-20. The boys evened their record at 5-5, with the girls now 2-7.
7-13, 14-35, 23-45, 35-51
A tall, athletic, and fast Huntsville squad outmanned a smaller Eureka squad, pounded the boards, ran the fast break, and held the Highlanders to one shot most of the night.
The Eagles would go to the boards, then sling an outlet pass to two breaking players who would outnumber Eureka on a fast break.
"We played pretty good the first quarter, and in the fourth, but they dominated the other two quarters," Coach Josh Hill said. "We're just trying to get in position to win the conference again.
"We've played two good teams, Shiloh Christian and Huntsville, and I can tell we've gotten a lot better," Hill said.
The fast break paid off for Huntsville, as Qualls and Todd both netted 16 points. For Eureka, Parker Mitchell had 12, Josh Guindon and Chris Eiler 8 each, Jordan Parsons 5, and Cody Lehr 2.
"Parker Mitchell had his best game of the year," coach said.
1-12, 9-18, 14-33, 20-39
The Lady Eagle defense was tough and Eureka missed shots all the first half, with their only scores coming on 9 of 18 free throw shooting.
"Huntsville trapped a halfcourt, then dropped back into a 1-3-1 defense," Coach Aaron Hall said. "We got shots, but just didn't knock them down. We only made 14 of 35 free throws for the game.
"We did a good job on defense, but we didn't block out on defensive rebounds and that hurt us. We did do some good things."
For Eureka, Amanda Dunham scored 9, Erika Wardlaw 5, Hannah Milligan 3, Katie Wallace 2, and Sigrid Kline 1. For Huntsville, Williams had 14.