Bergman sweeps three games from visiting Highlander teams

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Highlander Briar Sebby, No. 30, took off and fired a short jumper for two points over a Jasper Pirate during recent action. Sebby poured in 15 points against Bergman, hit a 3-pointer and made 2 of 4 free throws. Eureka faces Oark tonight, with junior boys starting play at 5 p.m. David McNeal / CCN

BERGMAN -- The Bergman Panther basketball teams cleaned the slate against three visiting Eureka Springs Highlander teams on Thursday.

Bergman won the senior boys outing 67-55, the senior girls game 53-36, and the junior boys game 53-32.

Next action for the Highlander is tonight at home versus Oark, with senior girls action starting at 5 p.m.

Senior High Boys

16-20, 27-36, 48-53, 55-67

The Highlanders (2-3) started out up 8-0, then Bergman's full court man defense, halfcourt traps and switching to a 3-2 zone defense gave them a four-point edge after one quarter.

"We had one turnover, then we had a lot," Coach Nolan Helder said. "We have a lot of youth and inexperience and junior Dustin Morrell got in foul trouble early and sat most of the half."

Power forward Nick Bower hit three 3-point shots, was 5 of 6 at the line and netted 16 points on the night, with inside force Jacob Worley taking a pounding but making 11 of 14 free throws to total 17 points.

With Morrell in foul trouble and guard Peyton Troillett and 6-5 post man Joey Chatterton out sick, the team trailed by six most the contest in spite of guard Briar Sebby netting 15 points on the night.

"Defensively, it was our worst game," Helder said, then talked about players.

"Nick is mature for a sophomore. He is strong, can post up or make the three and works hard on defense. He's one of our captains. Jacob played well, took it to the basket and got fouled, then made his free throws. Briar Sebby did a good job at point guard, had 15 points."

Scoring- ES- Worley- 17, 11/14 Fts; Bower- 16, 3 3s, 5/6 Fts; Sebby- 15, 1 3s, 2/4 Fts; Morrell- 5, 1 3s. Team- 18/24 Fts. BG- Montgomery- 20; Dickinson- 11.

Senior High Girls

10-15, 21-30, 27-37, 36-53

The Lady Highlanders got 12 points from Miranda Smith and 11 from Tabitha Willard and were within 30-37 with five minutes to go in the game.

"We had four on the floor with four fouls," Coach Aaron Hall said about the last five minutes. "We only had seven girls at the game. One was sick.

"There were 42 fouls called in our game, 45 in the junior boys, and we fouled two out and were down to five players. We hung in there, showed some grit. All seven scored.

"We only made 5 of 20 free throws, but Miranda inside did not go to the free throw line one time."

Scoring- ES- Smith- 12; Willard- 11; Mariah Sanchez- 4; 3's- Laura Winters, Lindsey Clark; Tanisha Morrell- 2; Lacy Wolfinbarger- 1. BG- Trochaska- 16; Johnson- 13.

Junior High Boys

9-16, 18-28, 25-42, 32-53

Dalton Johnson hit two threes, made 2 of 2 at the line and netted 14 points for the night, with Roy McGehee hitting a three and 7 of 14 free throws to total 12 points.

"We're getting better. We're pretty much all eighth-graders," Helder said. "Dalton scored 12 the first half and Roy did a great job attacking. We're young, but I've seen improvement."

Scoring- ES- Johnson- 14, 2 3s, 2/2 Fts; McGehee- 12, 1 3s, 7/14 Fts; 2's- Peyton Gleaves, Taylor Brown, Schuyler Worley. BG- Evans- 18.

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