Highlander basketball teams open season at Omaha
OMAHA -- Three Highlander basketball teams opened the '06-07 season at Omaha on Thursday, but the senior boys were the only group to get out of town with a win.
Coach Daniel Cornelison's Highlanders held the Eagles to single digit scoring in the second and third periods, good for a 52-40 victory.
Coach Aaron Hall's Lady Highlanders gave this one up at the free throw line, where Omaha was 22 of 39. Eureka was 9 of 15.
Cornelison's junior boys were tied 13-13 at the half, but were clawed by the Junior Eagles at the start of the third quarter and never caught up, losing 30-39.
"Our defense was pretty solid," Coach Cornelison said. " We went fullcourt man, I was pleased with that, and ran some 50-man and back into zone."
Cornelison praised his lone senior, Jordan Parsons, who ran the team on offense and defense.
"Jordan keeps us together, brings calm," Coach said. "David Farber hit 5 of 6 free throws in the fourth to seal the win."
Scoring- ES- Parsons- 15, 2/3 3s; 7/8 Fts.; 6's- Rudy Sanchez, Seth McCormick; 15- Farber, 8/10 Fts; Orrie Sebby- 2; Travis McBride- 1; T.J. Wilkinson- 7.
Eureka's girls were tied at halftime, 25-25, but started fouling and were behind 34-38 going into the final period.
"When you give up almost 40 points on free throws, you shouldn't win," Coach Hall said. "Omaha's Marilyn scored 19 points, and hit three 3s.
Scoring- ES- Amanda Dunham- 12; Erika Wardlaw- 9, 3 3s; Clare McCormick- 7; Hannah Milligan- 6; Shelby Sebby- 4; Megan Edmondson- 3; 2's- Kelly Clarke, Abbi Jeppsen.
"Omaha pressed us the second half and our guards didn't handle it," Coach Cornelison said, then talked about a player that did.
"Jacob Worley works hard and competes hard. He's a nice player."
Worley scored13, Jonathon Waite 9; Dustin Morrell 4; 2's- Josh Lasater, Kyle Berndt. For Omaha, Miles scored 22.