Eureka roundballers take two from Eagles
FAYETTEVILLE -- The Highlander basketball teams took two of three games from the Fayetteville Christian Eagles on Friday, with the senior girls taking the lone loss.
Coach Nolan Helder's senior boys (2-0) won 53-26, and his junior boys ( 2-0) 38-22. Coach Aaron Hall's senior girls (1-1) lost 59-38.
SENIOR HIGH BOYS
12-6, 31-10, 40-17, 53-26
Tyler McBride fired in 17 points, including 2 3-pointers, and Eric King pounded the boards for 15 to give Eureka Springs an inside-outside punch that gave the Eagles their first home loss in four years.
"Eric scored 11 in the second quarter getting offensive rebounds and putting them back," Coach Helder said. "Our defense held them to 10 points the first half, but we didn't shoot the ball well. Taylor Williams just had four points.
"Tyler played real well, didn't miss all night, and Jacob Worley and Eric worked hard inside. We did stay out of foul trouble, but I was disappointed with our free throws."
Up 40-17 going into the fourth quarter, the mercy rule kicked in until the end of the game.
ES- McBride- 17, 2 3s; King- 15; Worley- 7; 4's- Williams, Dustin Morrell, John Overman.
FC- McClardy- 7.
SENIOR HIGH GIRLS
12-17, 13-32, 22-44, 38-59
The Lady Highlanders couldn't match up with two tall Lady Eagle post players, with Eureka's Miranda Smith getting two quick fouls trying to defend.
"When Miranda goes out, we're little," Coach Hall said. "We shot badly, got behind early and never recovered. The second half we hit a three and a two and cut their lead to 15, then got some great looks, but missed everything.
"I'm disappointed with the way we shot the ball, but Fayetteville Christian had a lot to do with why we didn't play well," Hall said.
Smith did score 10 points, with Kelly Clarke netting 12 off 4 3-pointers. Shelby Sebby scored 6, Shayla Vercruysse and Jane Soriano 3 each, and Megan Handley and Tanisha Morrell 2 each.
For Fayetteville Christian, Briney had 18, C. Eubanks 17, and McHenry 15.
JUNIOR HIGH BOYS
9-3, 19-8, 27-12, 38-22
Nick Bower scored 16 and Brian Sebby 15 to lead Eureka to their second win in a row.
"We didn't come out real strong, were sloppy, but we got better as the game went on," Coach Helder said. "Briar had a great game, pushed the ball, got fouls and layups."
Colten Lehr added 3 points, and Peyton Troillett and Roy McGehee 2 each. Albertson and Espinoza had 5 points each for Fayetteville Christian.