Eureka Springs evens overall and conference record with win

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MAGAZINE -- Eureka Springs delivered a 57-56 win over Magazine Friday night in comeback fashion, overcoming a 48-44 third-period deficit to improve to 12-12 overall and 4-4 in 1-2A Conference action.

Two days later, Eureka Springs coach Nolan Helder's wife delivered a daughter.

Girl's coach Brian Rambo, speaking on Helder's behalf as he tended to family matters, said the physical nature of the Rattlers presented too many scoring opportunities.

"It was a seesaw battle back and forth the entire game," Rambo said. "We had a hard time with their physicality inside and gave up way too many second-chance points."

Eureka Springs big man Josh Premeau lit up the scoreboard with 26 points to match the Rattlers in the paint. But Daulton Johnson and Trevor Lemme caught fire from the perimeter to help the Highlanders to victory. Johnson and Lemme finished with 12 points and four 3-pointers apiece.

"They didn't have an answer for Josh," Rambo said. "And after Dalton started finding his range we were able to score with them."

Magazine led 17-12 at the end of the first period before Eureka Springs outscored the Rattlers 18-11 in the second for a 30-28 halftime advantage. Magazine reclaimed the lead in the third by outscoring the Highlanders 20-14.

The win over the Rattlers helps keep the Highlanders in striking distance of the 1-2A race.

"It was a close win on the road," Rambo said. "But we'll take anything after a two-and-a-half-hour bus ride. This win keeps our boys in the hunt in the conference with six games left. It's still anyone's race."

Eureka Springs returns to its home floor tonight against 1-2A Conference foe Hackett.

Junior high girl's action begins at 4 p.m. with junior high boy's, varsity girl's and varsity boy's to follow.

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