Highlanders try to outshoot Elks in first conference games
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Highlander senior boys battled to a 60-51 victory over the Elkins Elks on Tuesday night, but it took nine free throws in the final minutes to preserve the win in a hard-fought game.
The Lady Highlanders were leading, then had a four-minute lapse in the second quarter allowing Elkins to pull off a 19-2 run on the way to a 49-34 victory.
Both games were rough, with two technical being called, and one parent ejected from the gym.
Senior High Boys
14-15, 24-25, 41-34, 60-51
It was point for point and push for push as two physical defenses went at it. It didn't start that way, as Eureka ran up 6-0 and 14-3 leads before Elkins hit 3-point shots to lead after one quarter.
Taylor Williams was on fire, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 17. Senior leader Jordan Parsons also had a three, but hit 7 of 8 free throws at the end to clinch the win. He had 18 points.
David Farber hit two 3-pointers and netted 13 points, including a three at 2:17 of the third quarter that put Eureka up 40-29.
Williams hit a three to start the final period then Eureka finished their 17 of 21 free throw shooting to ice the win.
Scoring- ES- Parsons- 18, 7/8 Fts; Williams- 17, 3 3s; Farber- 13, 2 3s; Seth McCormick- 6; Tyler McBride- 5, 1 3s; Rudy Sanchez- 1. ELK- Auslam- 15; Turner- 13, 2 3s; Clark- 12.
Senior High Girls
11-8, 19-29, 26-37, 34-49
Eureka was comfortably in the lead, then the wheels fell off as the Lady Elks cranked up their full court press while Eureka wilted.
Elkins hit two 3-point shots and three 2-pointers to start the run that didn't stop until Eureka's Kelly Clarke got a rebound and put it back for two with 2:37 to go in the half.
"We battled back to within six in the fourth,"?Coach Aaron Hall said. ?"Kelly hit a big three, but right after we gave up a big bucket, then Elkins made eight free throws in the fourth.
"It was a physical game, and they forced the game on us," Hall said. Amanda Dunham battled Elkins' Ball inside and scored 17 points over her taller opponent and hit 7 of 9 free throws.
Scoring-?ES- Dunham- 17, 7/9 Fts; Shelby Sebby- 6, 2/2 Fts; Clarke- 5; 2's- Hannah Milligan, Andrea Hamilton. Team- 11/19 Fts. ELK- Ball- 11; Powers- 10; Janauary- 7; Rinker- 6; Dingledine- 5. Team- 13/25 Fts.