Jr. High teams keep crowds wound up

Monday, December 1, 2003

From the seventh-grade teams right through to the end, the four basketball battles between the Berryville junior high Bobcats and Eureka Springs junior high Highlanders kept a big crowd wound up in Bobcat gym last Monday night.

Eureka athletics director Aaron Hall reported that the Highlander seventh-grade girls won, 24-22, and that the Berryville seventh boys won 30-28 in two games that went down to the last shot.

Then the JH Lady Bobcats broke a first quarter tie at 11-all and rolled on to a 49-26 win over the JH Lady Highlanders in the third game of the evening.

The nightcap between the junior boys' teams saw Eureka lead for three quarter before Berryville made 7 of 13 free throws in the fourth to win, 36-31.

JUNIOR HIGH BOYS

Berryville vs. Eureka Springs

6-17, 17-26, 25-28, 36-31

Both teams played hard, with Eureka's Jordan Parsons scoring 12 points in the first quarter, which included two threes. He didn't find the nets again in the game, and the rest of the team also had a tough time getting shots to fall.

Berryville's Cody Curtis answered with 10 points, and the team made 10 of 17 free throws on the night, 7 of 13 in the fourth to earn the win. Eureka was just 4 of 15 on free throws, 3 of 11 in the fourth, and didn't have a field goal that quarter.

Scoring- BV- Curtis- 10; Geoff West- 8; Stevin Williams- 6; Brad Newberry- 5; Gary Myers- 4; 3's- Gared Jennings, Cody Neal. ES- Parsons- 12, 2 3's; Parker Mitchell- 9; 4's- Chris Eiler, Justin Reeves; Josh Guindon- 2.

JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS

BV vs. ES

11-11, 25-16, 40-16, 49-26

Berryville's full court man press didn't bother Eureka too much, but when Coach Sheila Neal switched her Lady Bobcats to a 2-2-1 zone press, it busted the game wide open.

"We didn't get into our press offense, although I called two or three timeouts to get us set," Coach Hall said. "We were up 11-4, then I looked up and its the fourth quarter and we've been outscored 39-5 in that stretch.

"The third quarter killed us," Hall said. "We got their big post, Ivie (Deweese) out with fouls in the second quarter, then Lynsey (Griffith) came in and scored seven points. They're bigger than us, but we did a decent job of blocking them out the first quarter."

Scoring- BV- #11- 15, 3 3's; Mackenzie Howerton- 10; Deweese- 8; Griffith- 7; Courtney Moore- 4; 2's- Heather Eaves, Ashley Edens; Kayla Grigg- 1. ES- 6's- Kimberly Peek, Megan Edmondson, Callie Smith; Amanda Dunham- 5; Erika Wardlaw- 2; Katie Wallace- 1.

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