Eureka, Berryville teams triumph on New Year's Eve
The Eureka Springs and Berryville basketball teams won three of four games on the final day of the Bancorp South Airedale Classic in Alma on New Year's Eve, sending them into 2004 with a full head of steam.
They'll all need it, as the conference schedules are heating up this week, even if the weather isn't.
Coach Aaron Hall's Lady Highlanders started the day off right with a 67-48 victory over Hot Springs Lakeside, a game in which they made 12 3-point shots, six by sophomore Brianna Freeman.
Coach Tracy Jones' Bobcats were up next and pulled off a 68-52 victory over Lamar.
Coach Josh Hill's Highlanders took on the Elkins Elks and Coach Beau Thompson in the 2 p.m. game, and came back from down nine at the half to take a 53-51 win.
The last Carroll County team to play was Coach Matt Carter's Lady Bobcats, who led for three quarters but ran out of leg and took the lone loss, 51-45, to Lamar.
NEW YEAR'S EVE GAMES
Eureka girls vs. Lakeside
16-12, 28-21, 51-36, 67-48
Even though Hot Springs Lakeside was playing man-to-man defense, the Lady Highlanders (6-12) were tuned in from long range. The squad hit 12 3-pointers, including six by Brianna Freeman, good for 18 points, four by Jessica Parsons, and two by guard Mandy Moore.
"Mandy set up a lot of those threes," Coach Hall said. "She would drive, then kick the ball out. She also made some quick outlet passes to Becca Wallis, who got several layups and scored well in our transition game."
Hall also said Jordan Lauer stopped the Lakeside back cuts on defense, and that Freeman and Hannah Cole guarded their best players and did an outstanding job on them.
Hall said Freeman made two threes in the last two minutes when they weren't really looking for that shot, but that "she was hot, and our bench was real excited about her making those shots."
Scoring- ES- Freeman- 18, 6 3s; Wallis- 16; Parsons- 14, 4 3s, 2/3 Fts; Moore- 12, 2 3s; Jessica Smith- 5; Lauer- 2.
Berryville boys vs. Lamar
15-12, 36-24, 52-34, 68-52
The Bobcats (6-6) put three players in double figures and never trailed. Drew Ray used his speed and quickness to score 21 points, with teammate Cory Smith netting 14, and T.R. Jamar 13.
Heath Neal added 8, Joey Curtis 5, Josh Kriesel 3, and Brent Moore and Brock Fanning 2 each. For Lamar, Zachary had 17 and Boen 16.
Eureka boys vs. Elkins
9-18, 23-32, 40-38, 53-51
"We started out in a zone and Elkins shot the ball well early," Coach Hill said about trailing the Elks. "We changed to a man defense, but didn't play well the first half. We played a little better the second half and ran the floor well in the third quarter."
The Highlanders (13-7) outscored Elkins 17-6 that period, and put three players in double figures by game's end. Victor Smith netted 8 of his 14 points that quarter, and Stephen Pendergraft hit 7 of his 12.
"When you put three in double figures, you can win," Coach Hill said, adding that Elkins 6-6, 285-lb. post man "was a handful."
Scoring- ES- Cash Covington- 17, 2 3s; Victor Smith- 14; Stephen Pendergraft- 12; Paul Sebby- 8, 2 3s; Waylon Wolfinbarger- 2. Team- 6/10 Fts. EL- Jones 23; 7's- Gage, Gabbard; Carlson- 6; Steele- 3; 2's- Tate, Ryan Fincus; Josh Fincus- 1. Team- 16/22 Fts.
Berryville girls vs. Lamar
21-9, 29-25, 37-33, 45-51
"Lamar was quick, and we ran out of legs at the end," assistant coach Sheila Neal said about the Lady Bobcats (4-8).
Berryville didn't block out or rebound well in the second half, plus Lamar hit three 3-point shots that half and made 12 of 19 free throws, 5 of 7 in the fourth quarter during crunch time.
Coach Neal thought Hailey Blanchard had her best offensive and defensive game of the season, with Blanchard scoring 13 points. "Her offense jelled," Neal said.
Scoring- BV- Emily Bell- 14; Blanchard- 13; Mahalie Armstrong- 7; Leah Stidham- 7; Chelsea Williams- 4. LM- Brewer- 13; Arredondo- 17.