Eureka 'D' clamps down on Hartford in crucial senior boys matchup
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Highlander senior boys got a big win Friday night over Hartford, 58-37, to move their record to 19-8, 6-2 in league play.
The senior girls didn't have the firepower that night and lost 19-47, with the junior boys losing a close one, 26-31.
Senior High Boys
6-5, 28-15, 38-28, 58-37
Intense, smothering defense frustrated the Beavers all game long as the Highlanders cranked up the defensive heat.
Briar Sebby shut down Hartford's high scoring guard and fired in 20 points of his own, including 2 threes and 10 of 12 free throw shooting.
Nick Bower and Joey Chatterton pounded inside and scored 12 each in a dominating performance.
"I through our defense played well, but early we didn't score," Coach Nolan Helder said. "Hartford came out in a man and that surprised us. They always play a 1-3-1 zone.
"Briar had a great game, played good defense on their point guard, and Joey had a good game. We threw it in to him and he scored inside and blocked shots."
Scoring- ES- Sebby- 20, 2 3s, 10/12 Fts; 12's- Bower, Chatterton; Robert Lawler- 5; Peyton Troillett- 4; 2's- Ryan Sanchez, Payton Gleaves. HF- Bryce Gentry- 10.
Senior High Girls
6-11, 8-20, 11-35, 19-47
"Hartford is pretty good, and we made them look better than good," Coach Aaron Hall said. "They're 8-0 in conference. We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds."
Scoring- ES- Tabitha Willard- 10; Mariah Sanchez- 6; Tanisha Morrell- 3. HF- Cassidy Pickle- 19, 13/16 Fts; Lauren Beck- 16.
Junior High Boys
11-9, 17-11, 23-15, 26-31
Hartford turned the tide after the Highlanders led for three quarters when they threw up a zone press in the fourth quarter and took a lead.
Tyler Reddick threw his body into the fray and scored 16 points the hard way, inside, but it wasn't enough at the end, although Josh Morrell did score at the buzzer. Hartford's Garrett Ford hit three threes in a row in the fourth to give them a small lead.
"The kids played very hard," Coach Helder said. "They led early. I was proud of our kids for fighting back and taking the lead. Other than their press, I was happy with their play."
Scoring- ES- Reddick- 16; 4's- Morrell, Jake McClung; Caleb Tollett- 2. HF- Garrett Ford- 19, 4 3s, 5/6 Fts.