Eureka sweeps Tiger boys, G.F. girls 2-0
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Highlander boys defended their turf Tuesday night against the Green Forest Tigers, winning the varsity and JV basketball games, but the Lady Highlanders were swept in their two contests.
Eureka won the senior boys game with their best team effort of the season, a 72-60 win that saw four Highlanders score in double figures. They also won a JV game 29-9.
" It was nice to score more than 40 points," Highlander coach Daniel Cornelison said.
Green Forest senior girls took a close 57-53 win, and won a JV game 21-14.
SENIOR HIGH BOYS
17-9, 34-20, 53-44, 72-60
Coach Cornelison made the coaching adjustment of the young season when he moved junior Jordan Parsons from off-guard to the point guard position.
Parsons came through, distributing the ball to teammates, setting the offense, and beating the Tiger pressure with sure ball handling, while firing in 5 threes and netting 20 points.
"It gave everybody a chance to score, kept us from being one dimensional," Cornelison said. "Jordan needs the ball in his hands. Moving him made a big difference."
Eureka also made 23 of 27 free throws, while Green Forest was just 10 of 16.
"That wasn't a surprise," Cornelison said about the good free throw shooting. "We work on that a lot."
The team also worked on getting the ball inside to post players, and Waylon Wolfinbarger prospered, scoring 17.
"Monday, against Berryville, we didn't get the ball to the posts. We addressed that in practice Tuesday, got it to Waylon and he finished," Cornelison said.
Eureka was up 34-17 as the first half wound down, but Tiger Jordan Dudley grabbed a rebound, put it back, was fouled, and made a free throw to close the gap to 34-20 at the break.
Eureka raced away to start the second half when they broke the Tiger press and found 6-7 John Kniess open on the baseline. The big guy grabbed the pass and hammered through a monster two-handed dunk, his first of the season, sending the ESHS student section into hysterics. He also added a free throw to make it a 3-point play.
Wolfinbarger added a deuce, Parsons gunned a three, and suddenly it was 53-39, Eureka, with 1:58 to go in the third quarter.
In the fourth, Green Forest's Cody Demeyer continued a good night, hitting jumpers on his way to 15 points on the night, and 6-5 Adam Plagge, fighting the flu and the Highlander big men, played hard enough to earn a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Zac Sutton fired in a three to pull to 58-52 with 5:02 to go, but Parsons hit two threes in a row to keep Eureka up 10.
Parsons fouled out with 3:01 to play, but Wolfinbarger scored again, and he and Kniess controlled the rebounds from Green Forest misses until the end.
Josiah Price hit two big free throws for Eureka with 0:55 to play, and Sutton made one last three for the Tigers with 38 ticks left. Sebby made two free throws with 16 seconds to go for the final 72-58.
"We had four in double figures. I was hoping we could get that this year," Coach Bill Niven said. "The kids play hard, but have to learn to play without fouling. We outscored them the second half. We just have to turn loose and play, play with more confidence."
Scoring- ES- Parsons- 20, 5 3s; Wolfinbarger- 17; Sebby- 16, 8/9 Fts; Jesse Alexander- 9, 3/3 Fts; Josiah Price- 6, 4/5 Fts; Kniess- 3; Seth McCormick- 1. Team- 23/27 Fts. GF- Demeyer- 15, 2 3s, 3/4 Fts, 3R; Sutton- 13, 2/2, 2R; Adam Plagge- 10, 10R, 2/3 Fts; Josh Dudley- 10, 2/5 Fts, 4R; Justin Reece- 7 , 2R; Lucas Graham- 4, 1R; Guy Joubert- 1, 1/2 Fts. Team- 10/16 Fts.
SENIOR HIGH GIRLS
6-11, 21-30, 40-43, 53-57
"Their 2-2-1 press gave us fits, but in the second half we got back in and tied the game," Lady Highlander coach Aaron Hall said.
After trailing 30-21 the first half, Eureka's Ashley Knapp gunned in a 3-pointer at 3:42 of the third quarter to put the Lady Highlanders ahead 34-32.
Green Forest's Haley Roney then scored twice, and Eureka's Hanna Cole and Amanda Dunham answered and it was 40-43 at the end of three.
Cole would score 24 points on the night, hit 3 treys, and go 11 of 12 at the free throw line, while Eureka made 21 of 28 for the game. Roney would lead her team in rebounds with five.
"That was outstanding, kept us in the game,"Coach Hall said.
In the fourth, Phylicia Shelton hit one of her 3 3-pointers for the night to give the Lady Tigers a 46-40 edge, but the teams tied up again, 51-all, with just 3:17 left to play.
"Shelton's two threes in the second quarter, and the one in the fourth, gave us some breathing room," Goins said. "For the year, she's 6 of 8 on threes. She's not rushing things."
LaRae Jones made two free throws with 1:12 to go to make it 54-51, but Eureka's Hanna Milligan swished a baseline jumper with 44 seconds to play to make it 54-53, Tigers.
Jones hit another free throw, and Kimberlee Watson made two free throws in the final three seconds to seal the win.
Green Forest made 11 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter while Eureka made just 4 of 5.
"I was pleased," Coach Jim Goins said. "We only had one field goal in the fourth quarter, a three, but we were 11 of 15 from the line. I preach to them all year that you have to make free throws to win. We did this time."
Scoring- ES- Cole- 24, 3 3s, 11/12 Fts; Dunham- 14; Knapp- 6, 3/5 Fts; 4's- Brianna Freeman, 4/4 Fts, and Hannah Milligan; Andi Hamilton- 1. Team- 21/28 Fts. GF- Shelton- 12, 3 3s, 3R; Amelia Villines- 11, 4R, 3/5 Fts; Roney- 9, 3R, 3/3 Fts; Jones- 7, 5R; Tori Allen- 5; Danielle Villines- 4, 3R; Kamarra Hoppe- 3; Watson- 2; Courtney Ruff- 1. Team- 19/30 Fts.