Eureka Springs set to turn out lights at venue

Thursday, December 20, 2012

HACKETT -- The Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders fell to 7-13 on the season with a 39-20 loss to Hackett on Tuesday.

Taylor Osterhout scored 13 points to lead Eureka Springs in scoring.

Osterhout made a pair of free throws early in the game to knot the score at 2-2. But the Lady Hornets rattled off 11 straight points to claim a 13-2 lead after the opening period.

The Lady Highlanders hung around in the second frame to trail 20-7 at the intermission.

"We didn't have energy on the defensive end and didn't take care of it on offense," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo. "But despite that we were still within striking distance at the half."

Hackett continued to build its lead in the third, expanding to 30-15 at the end of the period and closing on a 9-5 run for the final margin as the Lady Highlanders struggled to find the mark, especially from the free-throw line.

"We cut it to seven early in the third even though at that point we had missed eight straight free throws," Rambo said. "They continued to play well on offense and our lack of energy and not blocking out lead them to extend the lead again late in the third."

Hackett leading scorer Tara Blanton was held to 13 points to lead the Lady Hornets.

Abbey Moore finished with six points for Eureka Springs, which plays the final game in its current facility Friday night against Mountainburg. The school is presenting the finale as "Turn out the Lights" night. All alumni is urged to attend this special event as the hoops squads prepare to hit the new gymnasium floor on Jan. 8 against Hartford.

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