High-octane Tigers down Eureka girls

Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Lady Highlander senior Jessica Parsons finished her basketball career last week, but did it at the regional tournament.

The Eureka Springs Lady Highlander basketball team ended its season against the high octane Charleston Lady Tigers last Thursday night in the Class AA regional tournament at Elkins with a 66-38 loss.

Charleston (19-9) moved on to the finals, where they fell to Magazine (27-6), who is ranked 9th in Class AA. Those two teams moved on to the Class AA State Tournament this week in Centerpoint.

Eureka Springs (13-18) got good effort from all their players, with Becca Wallis scoring 12 and Mandy Moore 10.

"We've kind of gone as those two have gone this year," Coach Aaron Hall said about his top scorers. "The second half of the season, we had one player step up in scoring, plus those two. We needed one more to step up to have three scorers tonight."

Then Hall talked about the overall season with this year's team.

"It's the most fun I've had at Eureka Springs," Hall said. "We played as well as we could. I will sure miss our seniors, Jessica Parsons, Amanda Sebby, and Jessica Smith."

CLASS AA REGIONAL

Thursday, Feb. 26

Eureka girls vs. Charleston

9-24, 29-41, 35-60, 38-66

"The first half, we didn't get back on defense," Coach Hall noted. "Their team was fast and came out like that, and we gave up some layups. Their post girl (Lindsay Crabtree) is a good post and played pretty well. Their whole team was pretty aggressive.

"We fought back in the second quarter and scored 20 points, which shows a lot of character, but Charleston scored on its first five possessions of the second half and we didn't match that."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Coach Hall sent Parsons, Jordan Lauer, Wallis, Moore, and Laura McBeth to face the high octane Lady Tigers.

Both teams were about the same size, but Charleston had a clear advantage in foot speed, racing for layups and a 15-4 lead with 3:40 to go the first quarter.

The Lady Highlanders had trouble scoring against Charleston's 1-3-1 zone, even though Coach Hall substituted Amanda Dunham, Hannah Cole, Jessica Smith, and Brianna Freeman before the quarter was over.

Cole swished a three at 6:07 of the second period to make it 14-28, then the Lady Highlanders fought back to 35-23 with 3:07 to go.

Wallis scored all 12 of her points by halftime, and Cole her 8, with Moore chipping in 5. But at 3:46 of the third quarter Charleston was up 54-34 and Eureka would score just 9 points the entire second half as Charleston's speed proved too much.

Scoring- ES- Wallis- 12; Moore- 10; Cole- 8; Lauer- 3; 2's- Smith, Dunham; Addie German- 1. CH- Paige Rice- 16; Gayla White- 15; Lindsay Crabtree- 11; Tammy Binz- 9.

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