Eureka girls unable to match Jasper's intensity

Friday, February 3, 2012

EUREKA SPRINGS --

The Eureka girls have had one of those seasons, and Tuesday was no different, as they were upended by the Jasper Pirates, 47-21.

"They're a real good team who hasn't lost many games this season," head coach Brian Rambo said.

An area of concern throughout the year for the girls has been countering the press, which the team was able to do on Tuesday night.

"We've really been coming in and watching a lot of film," Rambo said. "It has helped us out but you really can't simulate it ... not with only having eight players."

In the second half, the Highlanders began to attack the Pirates' defense, as they continually found holes in the zone.

"Taylor (Osterhout) began to put the ball on the floor," Rambo said. "Everything has been a process."

Looking to next year, Rambo said he and his girls have seen the difference when they play a team for the second time.

"I've had coaches come up after the game and comment on how much we've improved," he added. "We realize that we're miles away from where we were."

The girls will now hit the road for their final three games: Feb. 3 against Union Christian; Feb. 7 against Mountainburg and Feb. 9 when they travel to Hackett.

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