Highlanders fight Hornets, win two of three on the road

Friday, December 19, 2008
Eureka's Dillon Riddick, No. 13, went up in the middle of two Berryville Junior Bobcats, Austin Hutchcroft, No. 30, and Heath Braziel, No. 42, trying for a rebound in action in Bobcat Arena earlier this season. Icy weather has slowed action this week, with some games cancelled. Michael's Photography of Eureka Springs.

HACKETT -- The Eureka Springs Highlanders found themselves in a 4-2A Conference firefight when they traveled to face the Hackett Hornets last Friday.

Coach Aaron Hall's Lady Highlanders (8-8, 3-1) came from behind to send their game into overtime, then made 5 of 9 free throws in the extra period to earn a 59-55 victory.

Coach Nolan Helder's senior boys (7-7, 2-1) had to tackle an undefeated 11-0 Hornet squad and lost 27-54. The junior boys did post a 41-34 win to go 6-3, 1-0 in conference play.

SENIOR HIGH GIRLS

17-12, 25-30, 38-39, 50-50

OT- 59-55

Miranda Smith and Shelby Sebby scored 21 and 18 points to lead the team, with Kelly Clarke hitting 3 3-point shots and scoring 11.

But Hackett's Hixson scorched the nets for 7 threes and 23 points, with Lane chipping in 20 and it was oh-so-close in regulation.

"We never led the second half until Shelby tied it on a free throw," Coach Hall said. "They scored, then Shayla Vercruysse made two to tie, but we were 1 of 4 on free throws after that. We had our chances.

"Hackett got the last shot and it rattled around, then fell out. In the overtime, Shelby, Miranda, and Shayla scored to put us ahead and we made 5 of 9 free throws to win," Hall said.

It was the second overtime game for the girls that week. They lost a close one to Johnson County West Side on Tuesday.

Scoring- ES- Smith- 21; Sebby- 18, 1 3s, 5/8 Fts; Kelly Clarke- 11, 3 3s; Vercruysse- 5; Megan Handley- 4. HA- Hixson- 23, 7 3s; Lane- 20.

SENIOR HIGH BOYS

7-19, 16-29, 24-42, 27-54

A bigger Hornet team pounded the ball inside right from the start and never let up.

"We played awful post defense," Coach Helder said. "They're big and it created a mismatch inside. We were quicker on offense, got layups and good looks, but missed and didn't finish. We also didn't make our free throws, just 4 of 13. We just didn't shoot well."

High-scoring senior guard Taylor Williams got his third foul in the first quarter and that didn't help, coach said.

Scoring- ES- Jacob Worley- 10; Tyler McBride- 6; Williams- 4; Eric King- 3; Michael Beard- 2. HA- Williams- 12; Woolsey- 11.

JUNIOR HIGH BOYS

11-7, 19-14, 33-18, 41-34

Post men Nick Bower and Will Adams scored 14 and 12 points to lead the team.

"We did a good job of getting the ball inside, and Nick and Will finished," Helder said. "We played well the third quarter. They pressed us some, but we held on for the win."

Hackett's coach helped Eureka get a win as he was assessed with three technical fouls and was ejected from the game

Scoring- ES- Bower- 14; Adams- 12; Peyton Troillett- 7; 4's- Colten Lehr, Briar Sebby. HA- McBride- 11.

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