Bulldogs still had a bite, but Eureka tames Decatur
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Lady Highlanders had to battle the Decatur Lady Bulldogs to the end Tuesday night in order to salvage a two-point 49-47 1-AA West victory that left them 8-14 overall, 3-3 in league play.
The senior boys ran away with their game the second half as the hardworking Bulldogs kept it close for a while, 33-21 at the half. But Eureka (17-9, 6-0) ran on to a 72-37 win in Highlander gym.
SENIOR HIGH GIRLS
8-10, 20-20, 32-27, 49-47
It really wasn't that close at the end, as Decatur hit six straight free throws in the fourth, then threw in a three at the buzzer to make it look good.
"Decatur played real well," Coach Aaron Hall said. "There were a lot of fouls by both teams. We shot 21 of 33 and Decatur shot 14 of 25."
Eureka hit the only field goal of the second quarter by either team, but shot 10 of 13 free throws, while Decatur shot 10 of 14 that quarter.
Eureka's Hannah Cole collected two quick fouls and sat the bench the first half, but finished with 13 points and two 3-pointers. Brianna Freeman scored 10, hit a three, and made 7 of 10 from the line.
Hannah Milligan returned from a recent knee injury and scored 10 points, with Ashley Knapp and Amanda Dunham netting 5 each. Abbi Jeppsen, Erika Wardlaw and Clare McCormick each had 2 points.
For Decatur, Crawford hit three threes and scored 22, 11 in the fourth quarter. Roughton netted 10.
SENIOR HIGH BOYS
15-8, 33-21, 52-30, 72-37
Josiah Price scored 11 of his 15 points the first quarter, and teammate John Kniess added a thunderous dunk to send the Highlanders out front quickly.
"Decatur can play with you for a while. They're not bad, play hard," Coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We were in control of the game after three or four minutes, but I challenged the team to play better defensively after the half. We got some stops and easy looks and outscored them 19-9 in the third quarter.
"We played a lot of kids, and every one who came off the bench contributed. The bench has responded all year. They're a great group. The whole team is."
Scoring- ES- Price- 15; Jordan Parsons- 13, 1 3s; 11's- Paul Sebby, David Farber; Kniess- 8, 1 dunk; Waylon Wolfinbarger- 6; Rudy Sanchez- 4; 2/s- Jesse Alexander, Jordan Pieper. Team- 14/21 Fts. DC- Brown- 8.