Yellowjackets sting Highlanders

Monday, January 23, 2006
Eureka's 6-foot Clare McCormick battled Greenland's 5-2 Sabrina Barton for rebound position during last Friday's 1AA-West battle. McCormick, a sophomore, is learning to be a force inside for Coach Aaron Hall's Lady Highlander team. David McNeal/Carroll County News

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Highlander basketball teams hosted the Kingston Yellowjackets in non-conference action Tuesday night and were stung by both senior high teams.

Coach Aaron Hall's Lady Highlanders (7-13, 2-2) lost 61-48 when Kingston's hot-shooting Barron in the first half hit 2 threes, 5 twos, and was 6 of 8 on free throws for 22 points. She finished with 32 points and was 12 of 16 from the line.

Coach Daniel Cornelison's Highlanders (15-9, 4-0) were also clipped, as Kingston's slow-down tactics earned them a 48-39 win.

SENIOR HIGH BOYS

9-14, 17-24, 29-35, 39-48

Eureka's big men inside, 6-8 John Kniess and 6-5 Waylon Wolfinbarger, were smothered all night with double and triple teams, and combined for just four points against Kingston's zone.

Guards Josiah Price (15 pts) and Jordan Parsons (13 pts) picked it up from outside, but high-scoring Paul Sebby got in foul trouble and finished with just 7 points.

"Kingston is pretty good," Coach Cornelison said. "They did a pretty good job of keeping Wolfinbarger from catching the ball inside. He had lots of company. Josiah shot the ball well and finished well, and Jordan did too."

But a disgusted Cornelison said that after a Highlander comeback, Kingston got up by two with seven minutes to go in the game and held the ball, a tactic that bores fans and coaches to death.

"They did a nice job, and it won the game for them," Cornelison said.

Eureka was just 4 of 8 at the line in the loosely officiated game, while Kingston was 9 of 14.

Scoring- ES- Price- 15, 2 3s; Parsons- 13, 2 3s; Sebby- 7; 2's- Wolfinbarger, Kniess. Team- 4/8 Fts. KN- Cliff Fancher- 15; Michael Davis- 14, 3 3s; Clay Villines- 9; Trent Villines- 6.

SENIOR HIGH GIRLS

11-14, 27-29, 34-46, 48-61

With defensive ace and 2006 Homecoming Queen Ashley Knapp home sick, and key rebounder Hannah Milligan hurting a knee during the game, Eureka's bench had to step up Tuesday night.

"Megan Edmondson, Callie Smith and Clare McCormick played a lot off the bench and did alright, but our team had too many turnovers against their halfcourt press and that was the difference," Coach Hall said.

Barron was another problem, as Hall said, "She shot where she wanted, from outside, or posting up to score or get fouled. We didn't play good defense."

Hall did get good offensive games from Hannah Cole and Amanda Dunham, who scored 21 and 18 respectively.

"It was good to have Amanda step up offensively," Hall said. "It's good to get her going."

Scoring- ES- Cole- 21, 8/9 Fts, 3 3s; Dunham- 18, 4/6 Fts; Milligan- 4; Brianna Freeman- 3; 2/s- Callie Smith, Andi Hamilton. Team- 14/17 Fts. KN- Barron- 32, 2 3s; 12/16 Fts; Hickman- 13; Martin- 8, 2 3s.

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