Lady Highlanders win in overtime at NAC tourney
The Eureka Springs Lady Highlander basketball team made 3 of 6 free throws in overtime, and junior forward Becca Wallis hit two baskets to give the team a 50-44 victory over Yellville-Summit in the first round of the 30th Annual North Arkansas College Senior Girls' tournament last Saturday.
The Lady Highlanders (5-6) jumped out to a 10-2 lead the first quarter and led until Yell-ville rallied at the end of the third period and into the fourth. Eureka led 33-18 late in the third quarter, then the Lady Panthers came back.
Eureka Springs vs. Yellville
10-2, 23-14, 33-22, 41-41
Eureka trailed by three near the end of regulation, when Mandy Moore, who scored 12 on the night, drove the lane, scored and was fouled with just six seconds to go. Eureka was within one, and Moore swished the free throw to tie the game at 41-all.
Overtime suited the Lady Highlanders, as Wallis scored two baskets and was 2 of 4 on free throws, Jessica Smith scored a basket, and Moore added another free throw.
"We jumped out early," Coach Aaron Hall said. "Jordan Lauer hit two threes the first quarter, and our press bothered them. We made our shots, then Jordan hit another three in the second quarter, and Becca scored five points that period."
Eureka stayed ahead until Yellville rallied in the fourth.
Scoring- ES- Wallis- 15; Moore- 12; Lauer- 11; 4's- Jessica Parsons, Jessica Smith, Hannah Cole. Y-S- Sarah Martin- 11; Courtney Capps- 11.
The Lady Highlanders face the Valley Springs Lady Tigers on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. It will be a tough assignment as the Valley girls were 13-1 after last Friday's games.