Highlanders outshot by Tigers, girls take victory
The Eureka Springs Lady Highlander basketball team pulled off what appears to be a first on Tuesday night. They defeated the Valley Springs Lady Tigers 39-37.
While Valley isn't the same team as the one that was state runner-up last year, it was still the first time in many fans' memories that the Eureka girls (2-2) had beaten the Lady Tigers ---- ever.
The Highlander boys (2-2) couldn't copy a page from the girl's book and fell to a hot shooting Tiger team 60-50.
VS. VALLEY SPRINGS
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Senior High Girls
7-8, 17-16, 24-24, 39-37
"That's the first time we've beaten Valley Springs since I've been here," Coach Aaron Hall said. "They're down this year, but our girls played extremely hard. We had too many turnovers because they kept their man pressure far out on us, so it was hard to run an offense."
But the girls came through when it counted, making 8 of 11 free throws, 5 of 5 in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
With senior guard Mandy Moore sitting on the bench with a broken bone in her hand, it was up to Brianna Freeman to handle the ball. She did, but teammate Ashley Knapp had the biggest plays of the game when she fired in two 3-point shots in the fourth to give Eureka a lead they didn't lose.
"Ashley hit two big shots in the fourth quarter, and we were 5 of 5 on free throws at the end," Coach Hall said. Hannah Cole and Becca Wallis were both 2 of 2 that period, with Amanda Dunham going 1 of 1.
Scoring- ES- Hannah Cole- 10, 3/3 Fts.; 9's- Knapp, 3 3's, & Dunham; Wallis- 8, 4/4 Fts; Freeman- 2, 4 steals. VS- Scott- 12; Kidd- 11.
Senior High Boys
13-17, 24-31, 39-45, 50-60
Coach Josh Hill's Highlanders ran into a hot-shooting, disciplined Tiger team that didn't turn the ball over, and made one good play after another.
"They're the best team we've played all year, by far," Coach Hill said. "Their post players were strong. We made just enough bad plays to keep us out of the game. We're still young, and will be playing at a higher level in the next few weeks.
"I'm not discouraged," Hill said. "Valley is very disciplined and shot the ball well, and we played with them."
Valley's Clint Hayes burned the Highlanders for 4 threes the first half, and ended the night with 19 points. At the end of the first half, Eureka made a comeback behind the rebounding of Waylon Wolfinbarger, who muscled for 5 rebounds and 6 points on the night.
Senior post Victor Smith made an impact the second half, ending the night with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Valley Springs spread the floor in the final 5:14 of play, and hit 7 of 8 free throws at the end when Eureka had to foul.
Scoring- ES- Smith- 14, 6R, 3A; Paul Sebby- 13, 2 3s; Jordan Parsons- 8, 2 3s; 6's- Jesse Alexander, Wolfinbarger; Team- 12/18 Fts. VS- Hayes- 19, 4 3s; Cooper 14; Wobker- 15. Team- 12/16 Fts., 7/8 4th.
JV Senior Boys
This group played two halves with a running clock, with Eureka winning, 29-22.
For Eureka, Isaac Pirkle and Travis Lester each scored 7 points, Justin Reeves 6, Tim Anderson 5, and Jr. Mullins and John Adair 2 each. The team made 10 of 15 free throws the second half.
For Valley Springs, Anderson had 7, and Cope 6.