Highlanders sweep Elks
EUREKA SPRINGS -- It couldn't have been better for Homecoming Queen Andi Hamilton and her court last Friday when the senior Highlander teams swept the Elkins Elks on the big night.
Coach Daniel Cornelison's boys earned a 68-37 1-3A victory, good for a 17-9, 7-1 record that kept them tied for first place in conference.
Coach Aaron Hall's girls made seven free throws in the last two minutes to preserve a 40-37 win, good for a 12-11, 3-5 record in 1-3A.
Senior High Girls
4-5, 15-16, 27-24, 40-37
"That was a very big win for us,"?Coach?Hall said. "We made seven free throws in the last two minutes and made just two more for the game (9/19). We now have an opportunity for third place in conference. That's what we're striving for.
"We had four girls hit threes. That makes it hard for them to guard us. Kelly Clarke hit two threes the second half, a couple of big ones.
"Our seniors stepped up. Clare McCormick and Hannah Milligan on their guards did good, and Shelby Sebby too."
Elkins led the first half until Milligan canned a three to make it 15-16 at the break, then Sebby, Callie Smith and Clarke all hit threes in the third.
Clarke gave Eureka the lead it needed with 5:06 to play in the game, 33-26, then the team made seven free throws to win.
Scoring- ES- Clarke- 13, 2 3s, 1/3; Sebby- 8, 1 3s, 3/4 Fts 4th; 7's- Milligan, 1 3s, and McCormick, 3/6 Fts. Team- 9/19 Fts. ELK- Slammons- 9; Powers- 7; 6's- Brown, Schuster.
Senior High Boys
15-12, 30-22, 50-30, 68-37
David Farber fired in two threes the first quarter and Taylor Williams one, but Elkins made two threes at the end of the quarter and refused to go away until fatigue got them in the fourth.
"Elkins played extremely hard, with more intensity than we had,"?Coach Cornelison said. "At the half we adjusted our defense and that was a key.
"Seth McCormick (21 pts.) had an outstanding game, his best this year. When he plays, we're so much better. On any given night, any of our starting five can lead in scoring.
"We hit seven threes. Part of our game is the perimeter, but we are strong enough to go inside and score,"?Cornelison said.
That inside-outside threat and endless pressure wore the Elks out. They trailed by 20 going into the fourth after McCormick ended the third with a layup. The game ended with the clock running.
Scoring- ES- McCormick- 21, 2 3s, 10/15 Fts; Farber- 13, 2 3s, 1/2 Fts; Rudy Sanchez- 12, 2/3 Fts; Williams- 10, 3 3s, 1/2 Fts; Tyler McBride- 5, 1/2 Fts; 2's- T.J. Wilkinson, Jacob Worley; 1's- Craig Follmer, Travis Cooper. Team- 17/28 Fts. ELK- Turner- 14, 2 3s; Jones- 7; Auslam- 6; Brannon- 5; Gabbard- 3; Clark- 2. Team- 6/12 Fts.