Lady Highlanders take league win

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Lady Highlander Emily Payne, No. 14, got a rebound inside and put it up for two and a foul against the Mulberry defense Friday night. Payne scored 5 points in the 59-38 2A-4 Conference win. David McNeal / CCN

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Two highly competitive games played out in Highlander gym Friday night when the Mulberry Yellowjackets came to town.

The Lady Highlanders kicked it into another gear in the fourth quarter and led to the end of a 59-38 2A-4 victory. The Highlander boys were tied in the second and third quarters, 16-16, 27-27, but missed three tip-ins at the final buzzer to lose by two, 39-41.

Senior High Girls

17-11, 28-23, 42-29, 59-38

Post Miranda Smith got the team off to a fast start, scoring 10 of her 14 points the first quarter, but Mulberry answered with four straight 3-pointers to stay in the game.

Tabitha Willard came off the bench and netted 15, with all 8 girls on the team scoring.

Eureka made 17 of 24 free throws, 8 of 11 in the fourth quarter, and led the Lady Yellowjackets 56-37 with 1:40 to play as they stretched the lead.

"Tabitha did a good job and Tanisha Morrell played a great all-around game," Coach Aaron Hall said. "We changed defenses in the fourth quarter and wore them down, got some easy transition baskets. We outscored them 17-9 in the fourth quarter."

Scoring- ES- Smith- 14, 4/5 Fts; Willard- 15, 7/9 Fts., 5/6 4th; Morrell- 7, 1/2 Fts; Sanchez- 6, 1/2 Fts; Emily Payne- 5, 1/2 Fts; 4/s- Laura Winters, 1/2 Fts, Lacy Wolfinbarger, Lindsey Clark, 2/2 Fts. MUL- Raleigh- 17, 2 3s, 7/8 Fts; Edwards- 11, 1 3s. Team- 7/12 Fts.

Senior High Boys

6-3, 16-16, 27-27, 39-41

A lightning quick Yellowjacket team also had two tall rebounders, so the matchup with the Highlanders guaranteed some real battles under the boards and in the open floor.

"We shot bad, just two threes, but did a good job on defense," Highlander coach Nolan Helder said. "We were more patient, ran our offense. The kids played good."

Tied at the half and the third quarter, Eureka hurried two shots and fell behind 33-38 before Dustin Morrell muscled a rebound and putback for two.

Morrell got a steal and layup with 1:16 to play to make it 37-38, then Mulberry hit a basket and got a free throw to lead 41-37.

Morrell drove for another layup with 18 ticks on the clock to make it 39-41, then Mulberry missed a free throw, giving Eureka a chance to tie.

A shot missed and bounced, with bodies flying high to tip, tip, tip, but nothing would fall and the buzzer ended play with Eureka down two, 39-41.

Scoring- ES- Jacob Worley- 13, 1/3 Fs; Morrell- 12, 2/2 Fts; Briar Sebby- 6, 2 3s; Nick Bower- 4; Jonathan Waite- 3, 1/2 Fts; Robert Lawler- 1. Team- 5/9 Fts. MUL- Corey Oxford- 12, 7/9 Fts. Team- 10/15 Fts., 3/6 4th.

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