Highlanders travel to St. Paul, return with win
The Eureka Springs' senior high basketball teams took to the road on Wednesday afternoon, but returned home with mixed results.
The senior boys, however, emerged with a 51-33 victory.
"We played well," head coach Nolan Helder said. "St. Paul is a very good team."
Getting the ball inside to the post players was a mission of the team heading into the game.
"I was concerned about them (St. Paul)," Helder said. "We really wanted to go for the inside shots."
The boys were up four at the half, and continued to place the ball in the hands of their inside playmakers.
Nick Walker and Roy McGehee took advantage of the inside game.
Walker finished the game with 16 points and McGehee tallied 14.
Briar Sebby also had a productive night on the court as he put up 10.
While the offense is credited with a strong effort, it was the defense that kept the team in the game.
"We played great defense," Helder said. "Our defense really won the game for us."
The Highlanders were even up 25 points at one point, a credit to both the offense and defense.
The second half advantage went to the Highlanders, as they continued to pound the ball inside.
"They (St. Paul) started to commit fouls instead of blocking shots," Helder said. "We wanted to go inside even more in the second half."
The Highlanders put together a good run in the third quarter, which allowed the team to create some separation.
"What we don't want to do is to settle for a lot of outside shots," Helder added.
With the inside game comes fouls, which brings attempts at the charity stripe.
The Highlanders went 20-for-30 from the line.
"We had a lot of attempts," Helder said.
"It was a great win for us."
The senior boys are off to a good start, going 2-0 in the first two games.
Helder said that he was pleased with the effort of his team, and said that the defense really enabled the team to play the kind of basketball that they wanted to play.
He added that playing from the inside, instead of an inside-out game, is what the team is focusing on.
The senior high boys have a roster that is composed of four seniors, four juniors and seven sophomores.
The seniors will look to serve as the "guiding voice" for the team.
This year's seniors include: forward Dillon Reddick, guard Peyton Troillett, guard Nick Bower and guard Briar Sebby.
The boys are 2-0 on the season.