The Eureka Springs Highlanders stepped out of the 1AA league they play in and made the trip to the Arkansas River valley on Tuesday to take on Lavaca teams that have been on a roll this season.
When the dust settled, the Highlanders faced a long road trip home with two new losses on their record. The senior boys fell 72-57, and the senior girls 74-56. Eureka did win the half of a boys JV game that was played, 22-8.
HIGHLANDERS AT LAVACA
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Senior High Boys
16-12, 28-32, 45-55, 57-72
The game was close the first half, and the Highlanders (6-6) actually led 42-41 late in the third before Lavaca went on a 14-2 run.
Eureka never recovered as Lavaca's Powers and Johnson rolled to 21 and 20 points respectively, with former Berryville Bobcat Eric Hill scoring 10.
"Johnson is 6-3, 240, real strong, and we had no defense in the post," Coach Josh Hill said. "Powers is real good. He is fast. We were down 10 in the fourth and had to play catchup."
Johnson made 16 of 20 free throws the first half, with Powers making 18 of 21 the second half.
"Victor Smith was playing well," Hill said. "We didn't get him the ball enough. And Jordan Parsons did okay. As a team, we didn't play very good."
Scoring- ES- Paul Sebby- 17; Parsons- 11; Smith- 10; Jesse Alexander- 9; Waylon Wolfinbarger- 6; 2's- John Kniess, Jake Seymour. Team- 23/29 Fts. LV- Powers- 21; Johnson- 20; Hill- 11. Team- 23/34 Fts.
Senior High Girls
14-16, 30-38, 42-60, 56-74
Lavaca had size and speed, with Lady Golden Arrow Mindy Brewer scoring 14 points the first quarter on her way to 28 points for the night.
"She's 5-11 and mobile," Lady Highlander (7-6) Coach Aaron Hall said. "We pressed early, but Brittany Kline would throw over the top to Brewer, and she would have a layup before we could get back.
" They scored 22 points each in the second and third quarters when we had turnovers against their press."
Scoring- ES- Mandy Moore- 18; Becca Wallis- 17; Hannah Cole- 8; Amanda Dunham- 7; 3's- Ashley Knapp, Brianna Freeman. LV- Brewer- 28; 16's- Ashley Arredondo, Tiffany Neblick; Kline- 11.