Injuries add up to a loss for ES
The Eureka Springs Highlanders suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday, losing 56-39 at Deer.
"We have got the injury bug going on right now," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "Garrett (Cross) is about 50 percent, if that. He got hit in in the thigh twice against Haas Hall last week. He just hasn't healed and recovered. He only played about 15 minutes last night. He can't move, jump or push off his leg at all. Moving laterally hurts pretty bad. When he isn't in our lineup, that takes a punch out of our offense. And then when he isn't in our lineup defensively, we have a problem matching up with people sizewise. If it would have been anybody else, we probably would have been OK, but playing a quality Deer team that finished 27-5 and brought back basically everyone, it was tough."
The Antlers outscored Eureka Springs 10-8 in the first quarter, but extended their lead to 24-12 at halftime.
Cross wasn't the only one hurt for Eureka Springs on Tuesday evening.
"Kayden Eckman got hurt at the state cross country finals," Rambo said. "He isn't even in school and so you take two guys out of our rotation and it's hard to put the pieces back together. We didn't play well without them, but other guys have to step up."
Deer led 40-24 going into the fourth quarter before getting the 17-point victory.
"We didn't play a good second quarter and that's what really buried us," Rambo said. "But other than that, we really played with them. We had to foul late in the game. We had it down to about 10 at one point and they ended up making free throws late."
Carter Drennon finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Cross finished with 10 points.
Friday's home game with Hackett has been postponed because the Hornets made the playoffs in football. Rambo hopes his team can take this extra time to heal up before next Tuesday's game at Magazine.
"I can rest those guys and hopefully get those guys back to 100 percent by Tuesday because that's a big game for us in terms of seeding purposes," Rambo said. "They are in our district and we will see them in the postseason so we need to go down there and play well. Hopefully those guys will be 100 percent. If not, hopefully those other guys will step up. We are going to address that in practice. We are going to address that in film session."
Tipoff against Magazine is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Marshall 58, Eureka Springs 27
The first quarter went well for the Lady Highlanders in Wednesday's loss to Marshall in the Queens of the Court tournament in Green Forest, but things went in a downward spiral from then on. Megan Holloway was the first to score for the Lady Highlanders and back-to-back baskets by Emily Bird and Gracie Lester gave Eureka Springs a 6-5 lead. Back-to-back baskets from Bird and Holloway helped give the Lady Highlanders an 11-8 lead entering the second quarter. The Lady Bobcats opened the quarter on a 15-2 run and led 36-17 at halftime to change the complexion of the game. Lester scored six points in the third quarter and Dakota Sulffridge added a basket, as Marshall led 45-23 going into the fourth quarter. Lester added four points in the final quarter.