Highlanders step up in 1AA play

Friday, January 23, 2004
Eureka's Chris Williams busted the nets for 20 points against Johnson County Westside on Tuesday, with plays like the one above, made against Decatur on Monday. Williams, a senior, sprained an ankle recently and has been very effective coming off the bench as the injury heals. Eureka won both games. CCN/David McNeal

The Eureka Springs senior high boys basketball team took a big step toward the top spot in the 1AA conference when they defeated Johnson County Westside on Tuesday at the same time Pea Ridge and Mountainburg were losing.

Eureka shot their way to a 71-40 win, giving them an 18-9, 6-1 record and the top spot in the conference via a tie-breaker with Cedarville, who they beat last week.

"We've held our last four opponents to 40 points or less, and if we take care of business, we can be conference champs," Coach Josh Hill said.

Coach Aaron Hall's senior girls won their third game out of their last four, 55-40, behind a combined 46 points from Becca Wallis, Mandy Moore, and Hannah Cole.

That gave the team a 9-14 overall record, 4-3 in 1AA, good for third place behind Mountainburg and Elkins.

SENIOR HIGH BOYS

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Eureka Spgs. vs. Johnson Co.

22-12, 48-27,

65-35, 71-40

Eureka was on fire on offense, pouring in eight threes the first half, and finishing the night with 11. Cash Covington was 5 of 5 on the long range shots, with Stephen Pendergraft firing three in the third quarter.

"We were hot from the get-go," Coach Hill said. "Chris Williams gave us a huge spark off the bench. He had a lot of energy, hit three threes and scored 20 points."

One of those three players dominated in a quarter, with the team's defense holding the Rebels to 40 points. Covington had all 17 of his points by halftime, and Williams had 18 of his 20. Pendergraft got 11 of his 19 in the third quarter.

Scoring- ES- Williams- 20, 3 3s; Pendergraft- 19, 3 3s; Covington- 17, 5 3s; Jon Kniess- 6; Paul Sebby 3; 2's- Jesse Alexander, Jake Seymour, Victor Smith. Team- 10/18 Fts. JCW- Maxwell- 12.

SENIOR HIGH GIRLS

10-11, 22-20, 38-29, 55-40

"We had butterfingers the first half," Coach Hall said. "We bobbled the ball and couldn't hang on to it. In the third quarter, we caught the ball better and our defense gave them problems. We did better pushing the ball up the floor and had three in double figures."

"Mandy hit 5 of 9 free throws in the fourth, and Hannah was 2 of 2. Our sophomores, Brianna Freeman and Hannah, did a good job, stepped up when Jordan Lauer went out."

Lauer was knocked down, whacking her head, and had to go to the hospital for tests. She was reported to be okay Wednesday morning, although she had one bad headache and wasn't in school.

Scoring- ES- Wallis- 19; Moore- 14; Cole- 13; Freeman- 5; Jessica Parsons- 3; Jessica Smith- 1. JCW- Jackson- 10.

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