Lady Highlanders douse Decatur in district

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Taylor Osterhout fights for a ball against Decatur Monday night at Mountianburg. (Trevor Tegley / CCN Contributing Photographer)

MOUNTIANBURG -- Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo saw the season slipping away in the first quarter of Monday night's district tournament opener against Decatur.

But the Lady Highlanders found a way to struggle through the first half and overcome poor shooting in the second to extend there season for at least one more game with a 39-34 win over the Lady Bulldogs at Mountainburg.

"In the first quarter they were going to try to not give us any shots," Rambo said. "We looked dead on our feet."

With leading scorer Taylor Osterhout drawing a double team from the Lady Bulldogs, Abbey Moore, Samantha Mueller and Jazmin Urioste assumed scoring duties in the first half. Moore and Mueller combined for all seven points in the opening period and Urioste was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the second.

"That definitely turned us on," Rambo said of the scoring from Moore, Mueller and Urioste.

We got into a rhythm in the second quarter and Taylor (Osterhout) got some open looks in the third and made a couple of threes. That really gave us some energy."

The Lady Highlanders (12-19) outscored Decatur 14-8 in the third, opening up a 32-27 advantage entering the fourth, a lead they would not relinquish.

"Once we got lead we never trailed again," Rambo said. "We had a five to seven point cushion the rest of the way."

The Lady Highlanders won despite shooting 3-of-13 from the charity strip down the stretch.

"We didn't make any free throws and still came away with the win," Rambo said. "We just kept fighting and stayed true to what we wanted to do."

Moore led the Lady Highlanders in scoring with 10 points while Osterhout and Mueller finished with nine apiece. Osterhout had three 3-pointers. Mueller added two.

The Lady Highlanders play again today at 7 p.m. against Hackett, a team Rambo believes Eureka Springs can beat, especially with multiple Lady Highlanders nearing double figures in scoring..

"We played them well in first game," Rambo said. "It was a three point game in third quarter. But that gives us confidence that we can play with them. And if we make our foul shots and get three girls in double figures we will be hard to beat."

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