Lady Highlanders win in overtime at NAC tourney

Tuesday, December 9, 2003
The eight members of the last two Class AA State Cross Country runner-up titles for the Lady Highlanders of Eureka Springs were recognized for their efforts between games recently at Highlander gym. From left are Erika Wardlaw, Becca Wallis, Ashley Knapp, Brianna Freeman, Nicole Base, Adrienne Davis, Ashley Smith, and Lauren Smith. Two banners will be hung in the gym, with the 2003 banner dedicated to the late Don Thurman. CCN/David McNeal

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

OT- 50-44

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.

UP NEXT

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.

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