Eureka opens conference play with big win

Friday, December 11, 2015

Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo told his team it was important to send a message to the rest of the conference by soundly defeating Johnson County Westside on the road Tuesday evening. After a 50-16 win, it is safe to say the message was sent.

"Offensively, we are kind of out of sorts, not executing well, but defensively, probably the last four games, we are just getting after people," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "I'm just so proud of my team's effort defensively."

The Highlanders got out to a 16-3 lead thanks in large part to nine first-quarter points from Reggie Sanchez. The lead ballooned to 39-5 at halftime.

"We wanted to go the road and open conference play up and punch somebody in the mouth," Rambo said. "It was important to let the rest of the conference know that we are still Eureka and still very talented and we plan on winning the conference. I think when you go out and give up five points in a half, that says a lot about who you are."

Sanchez led the Highlanders with 13 points while Jacob Holloway had eight. J.M. Gregg and Dylan Harbour each had seven.

On Thursday, the Highlanders faced Shiloh Christian, their final non-conference game of the year.

"They are a quality 4A opponent," Rambo said. "It will be a challenge for us, but our kids will be at home and we want to defend our home. They will be ready to defend their home court and I expect it to be a dogfight."

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