Highlanders defeat Decatur, lose to Hackett

Friday, February 17, 2012
Eureka's Laura Winters leaps to bring down an offensive rebound against a Jasper defender during a recent home game.

The Eureka Lady Highlanders defeated Decatur, 24-17, on Tuesday night, but were defeated once again by Hackett on Wednesday, 50-20.

The girls used a stubborn defense to route the Bulldogs, something the team has been working extra on over the past month of the season.

"The win was big for our confidence as we head into next season," head coach Brian Rambo said. "Our kids really guarded well out of our press and made them turn the ball over."

The girls have had some issue overcoming the press, but the girls found some holes in the Bulldogs' defense, which enabled them to get just enough points for the win.

However, Wednesday's game would be much different, as Hackett once again utilized their versatility in connecting from the perimeter and overpowering the Highlanders in the lane.

Tava Blanton once again used her size in the lane to push around the Highlanders defense.

The Hornets collectively shut down the Highlanders, as Laura Winters led the team with eight points.

"Their half court man really made it difficult to get into the flow of the game, and that kept us from pressing them," Rambo said.

The Hornets had one plan heading into the game: outwork the Highlanders.

"They really made us turn the ball over and made us work hard on offense," Rambo added. "They just out worked us mentally and physically."

The season has been a learning experience for the girls, something Rambo said will only benefit the team next season.

"We're miles away from where we were," he added.

With the loss to the Hornets, the season is now officially over for the Lady Highlanders.

The girls improved on commun- ication and ball distribution, as well as feeling comfortable from the perimeter, which opened up their inside game, as Lindsey Clark was a constant threat.

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