Highlanders flirt with 100 in homecoming blowout
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Traditionally, high school and college sports teams try to schedule a homecoming opponent they can handle fairly easily.
Mission accomplished for the Eureka Springs Highlanders.
Trevor Lemme scored 26 points to lead four Eureka Springs players in double figures as the Highlanders routed Oark 96-36 Friday night at Highlander Arena.
The only suspense involved with the game was whether Eureka Springs would reach 100 points.
The last of three consecutive three-pointers by Dalton Kesner put the Highlanders at 92 with 3:30 left in the game and the clock running continually in accordance with the Arkansas Activities Association sportsmanship rule. A minute later, Matthew McClung hit a three-pointer to get Eureka Springs to 95.
With 1:15 left McClung made the second of two free throws for the Highlanders' 96th point.
After Eureka Springs rebounded an Oark miss with 15 seconds left, Coach Brian Rambo ordered the Highlanders not to shoot.
Eureka Springs led 35-11 at the end of the first quarter and 60-17 at halftime.
Reggie Sanchez scored 16 points for the Highlanders, who also got 12 points from Kesner and 11 from McClung.
"We had a really good team performance out there tonight," Rambo said. "Games like this should give us a lot of confidence."
Eureka Springs 74, Oark 20
Things were much the same in the girls game, as the Lady Highlanders dominated from the beginning.
Eureka Springs put the game away early with a a 23-0 run after a 2-2 tie in the first quarter.
"That is the best I have seen us play all year I think," Lady Highlanders Coach Adam Brothers said. "The team chemistry on the court was really impressive to watch."
The Lady Highlanders never let up, playing a full game of basketball.
"I think that was the most impressive thing," Brothers said. "When we were up by such a big number we kept going and never quit playing."
Taylor Little had 15 points for the Lady Highlanders. Molly Montez added 11 points and Hayden Mayfield had seven.
The Lady Highlanders' next game is at home Tuesday night against Magazine. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.