Eureka takes 1AA lead
Possible conference titles were on the line last Friday night when the Eureka Springs Highlanders traveled to Elkins for four 1AA Conference games, with the Highlanders coming home with three wins.
The senior boys broke a four-team conference deadlock by earning a 51-39 victory over the Elks to move to 16-9, 4-1 on the season. The senior girls took the lone loss of the night, 56-23, with both junior teams winning.
The junior boys won 43-38 to put them in a tie with the Elks. Both teams beat each other by five, so a tiebreaker will decide the championship if neither one losses again.
The junior girls won behind 20 points by Kim Peek, with Erika Wardlaw hitting two free throws with five seconds to play for a 25-23 win.
SENIOR HIGH BOYS
Friday, Jan. 16
Eureka Springs vs. Elkins
14-14, 28-20, 38-31, 51-39
A stellar night by guard Stephen Pendergraft, who netted 22 points and hit four threes, and 17 points by Cash Covington, including 4 of 5 free throws in the fourth, and great team defense gave Eureka the win.
It was the second game in a row that the Highlanders held their opponent under 40 points.
"Paul Sebby is playing his best defense of the year," Coach Josh Hill said. "Stephen made great decisions and didn't force anything, and Cash was solid."
Josh Gage had 15 for Elkins, and Seth Jones 12, but it wasn't enough.
Scoring- ES- Pendergraft- 22, 4 3s; Covington- 17; Sebby- 6; 2's- Victor Smith, Catlin Keck; 1's- Chris Williams, Waylon Wolfinbarger. EL- Gage- 15; Jones- 12; Steele- 6; J. Finkus- 6.
SENIOR HIGH GIRLS
2-18, 15-30, 20-50, 23-56
Elkins moved to 12-3 overall, 5-0 in 1AA play, and used a balanced attack to grab an early lead that stood up.
"We couldn't score the first quarter, so couldn't press," Coach Aaron Hall said, "but we got going the second quarter and cut their lead to 10. Elkins has got it all, post players, outside shooting, and all. They handle defense well."
Eureka fell to 7-14 overall, 2-3 in conference play.
Scoring- ES- 7's- Becca Wallis, Hannah Cole; Jessica Parsons- 5; Mandy Moore- 3; Jessica Smith- 1. EL- Kayla Graves- 14; 11's- Alyson Johnson, Megan John; Kyla Hughes- 10.
JUNIOR HIGH BOYS
9-7, 15-16, 30-23, 43-38
Coach Josh Hill's team trailed at halftime, but had a big third quarter to go ahead and stay there. The Highlanders hit 5 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter, and put three players in double figures.
Scoring- ES- Parker Mitchell- 13; Justin Reeves- 11; Jordan Parsons- 10; Chris Eiler- 5; 2's- Travis Lester, Cody Lehr. EL- Kevin Morton- 11; Faren Easley- 9.
JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS
2-4, 11-6, 17-17, 25-23
"We had 11 turnovers the first quarter, and just made 3 of 12 free throws for the night," Coach Hall said. "But Amanda Dunham's defense on their big girl, and Kim Peek's 20 points, was outstanding. Kim had six points in the fourth quarter. Callie Smith played an overall great game, and Megan Edmondson tipped a lot of balls on defense."
Peek attacked the Elkins press, coach said, and also hit two threes in the game. Erika Wardlaw hit two free throws with five seconds to go, putting Eureka up by four and icing the game.
Scoring- ES- Peek- 20, 2 3s; Wardlaw- 3, 2/2 Fts; Smith- 2. EL- Hope Whitney- 12.