Highlanders shoot Johnson Co. Rebels down
The Eureka Springs Highlanders picked the worst weather day of a young winter to travel over the mountains to Johnson County Westside outside Clarksville for senior high games on Tuesday.
In spite of the coldest temperatures of the season and spitting sleet and snow flurries, the teams came back with victories against their 1AA league foes.
Coach Josh Hill's senior boys (5-5) eked out a 67-55 win, while Coach Aaron Hall's senior girls (6-5) raced away to a 51-30 victory.
Two B-games were played, with a 20 minute running clock, good for about a half of action. The boys lost 21-13, and the girls lost 25-10.
VS JOHNSON COUNTY
Tuesday, Nov. 30
Senior High Girls
The Lady Highlanders put together two solid quarters, scoring 19 in the first and 17 in the third while holding the Lady Rebels to just six points each of those quarters.
"That was encouraging," Coach Hall said. "We pressed for three quarters and were up 26 at one point. We ran the floor and scored in spurts."
Eighteen of that came from senior guard Mandy Moore, who is slowly healing a broken bone in her right hand.
"That was her season high since her hand injury," Coach Hall said. "She is playing better, more aggressive."
Senior Becca Wallis got in foul trouble again, but still managed 13 points for the team. Amanda Dunham added 10, Hannah Cole 8, and Brianna Freeman 2. For Westside, Nicki Jackson had 9.
Senior High Boys
7-16, 33-28, 46-43, 67-55
Coaches reported that the Highlanders couldn't throw one into the stands and hit a seat the first quarter, but scored 26 points in the second as Westside got in foul trouble in what was termed a rough game.
That included free throws, with Eureka making just 11 of 23 the first half, and 18 of 35 for the game. They had one basket the first quarter, and were 5 of 11 at the line.
A big boost came from Eureka forward Jesse Alexander, who started the fourth quarter by swishing a three, hitting a two on his next trip, then another three to jump-start the team to the win.
Scoring- ES- Paul Sebby- 17; Alexander- 14, 2 3s; Victor Smith- 13; Jordan Parsons- 10; Waylon Wolfinbarger- 7; John Kniess- 4; Jake Seymour- 2. JCW- Devon Russell- 20.