Valley Tigers send E.S. home with one win in non-conference action
VALLEY SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs Highlanders tangled with the Tigers of Valley Springs on Tuesday in early non-conference basketball action, with their only win in a senior boys B-game, 49-37, that saw Highlander David Farber hit five threes the second half and score more than 20 points.
Coach Aaron Hall's senior girls fell 55-35, with Coach Daniel Cornelison's senior boys losing a close one to one of the area's top teams, 45-39.
SENIOR HIGH BOYS
12-11, 24-21, 31-31, 39-45
The Highlanders (2-2) led until the final two minutes, when a Valley Springs three edged them out in front. A Eureka miss and a Tiger two turned out to be too much to overcome before time ran out.
"We had a lead most of the game, and it was really tight after three quarters," Coach Cornelison said. "With two minutes to go Valley hit a big three, then Jesse Alexander shot a three for us to tie that went down into the basket, rattled around, then popped out.
"Valley was patient offensively, and we couldn't get a good look at the basket late in the game."
Senior guard Paul Sebby got in foul trouble early, and 6-6 center John Kniess had two fouls by the second quarter. Sebby still scored 12 points in the game, but the key may have been Alexander, who defended Elliott Wobker, one of Valley's top scorers. Wobker had just nine points, far below his average.
"Jesse did a great job on defense," Cornelison said. "He played hard as he could guard on their best player. They all played as hard as they could play. Valley is just good."
Scoring- ES- Jordan Parsons- 14, 4 3s, 2/2 Fts; Sebby- 12, 2 3s, 4/5 Fts; Kniess- 5; Waylon Wolfinbarger- 4; 2's- Josiah Price, Seth McCormack. Team- 7/10 Fts. VS- Caleb Cooper- 12; Kyle Hayes- 10. Team- 8/19 Fts.
SENIOR HIGH GIRLS
7-14, 12-35, 24-45, 35-55
Valley's Katie Jones and Page Blackburn scored 31 points between them, with Jamie Eddings chipping in 10 as the Lady Tigers outshot Eureka (1-3).
"We were up 7-6, then they went on a 19-0 run," Coach Hall said, "and the score stayed that way. Blackburn, who moved in from Harrison, may be as good as we play against all year. Eddings is good too.
"Hannah Cole did good for us. She had nine points the second half, three threes, and Amanda Dunham did alright. Ashley Knapp did a great job guarding Blackburn, but our turnovers killed us. They scored 20 points off our turnovers."
Scoring- ES- Cole- 17, 4 3s, 3/3; Dunham- 12, 2/3 Fts.; 2's- Brianna Freeman, Andi Hamilton, Erika Wardlaw. VS- Jones- 16; Blackburn- 15; Eddings- 10