Eureka juniors sent home winless
BERGMAN -- When Eureka Springs basketball teams travel east for games, they know they will be playing some of the best programs around.
The Highlander junior high teams proved that last Thursday when the Bergman Junior Panthers offered them a rude welcome in four games.
The Panthers swept the two seventh grade games, 30-18 in girls action, and took the junior girls match 56-42, and the junior boys 39-26.
JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS
5-16, 20-28, 35-40, 42-56
"The first quarter was the ball game," Coach Aaron Hall said. "They pressed and got six or eight points on steals off their press. We've had slow starts the last four games and started in a hole. We fight back, but are out of energy at the end.
"We cut it to three this time in the fourth quarter, but they hit 6 of 8 free throws, and we made 1 of 7 that period."
It wasn't all bad news for Eureka (2-3), as Hall pointed out the team had scored 42 points. Also, coach said 6-2 eighth-grader Miranda Smith had a good game and scored 11 points.
"I was real pleased with the way Miranda played," Hall said. "She stayed in for three quarters, which is a lot. She's efficient around the basket."
Scoring- ES- Smith- 11; 10's- Kelly Clarke, Jane Soriano; Shelby Sebby- 6; 2's- Shayla Vercruysse- Megan Handley; Alta Johnson- 1. BG- Long- 20; Simon- 14.
JUNIOR HIGH BOYS
4-24, 11-32, 17-36, 26-39
Bergman's Curtis was the story in this game as he scored 16 points the first quarter and had 20 by halftime against the Highlanders (1-3).
"Bergman played a good man defense and guarded hard," Coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We're behind their skill level."
Scoring- ES- Tyler McBride- 10, 2 3s; Taylor Williams- 8; 4's- T.J. Wilkinson, D.J. Greenfield. BG- Curtis- 22.