ES gets gritty win on homecoming

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Surrounded by two Kingston defenders, Eureka Springs' Garrett Cross attempts a shot as his teammates look on.
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The Eureka Springs Highlanders gutted out a 45-35 homecoming win Friday night against Kingston.

"The first thing I told the guys in the locker room was we hate to lose pretty, but we love to win ugly," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said.

Junior Garrett Cross led the Highlanders with 18 points despite getting in foul trouble early in the second quarter.

"We were still plus one with him sitting on the bench for that six minute stretch," Rambo said. "It was kind of good for our basketball team in a way because you hate to depend on one guy. We had an opportunity to play without him."

Eureka Springs had an early 10-2 lead, as Garrett Cross and Slade Clark each scored five points. The Yellowjackets fought back, though and had a 15-14 lead minutes into the second quarter. Baskets by Dalton Arnold and Brandon Ray enabled the Highlanders to take a 21-18 lead into halftime. Rambo said it was nice for Eureka Springs being able to get a conference win on homecoming.

"I told my guys that as you grow older and go through life you have memories of the game," Rambo said. "The one thing you don't want to remember is going out and getting your butt beat."

Cross scored the first five points of the third quarter, as he helped extend the Highlander lead to 31-25 going into the fourth quarter. The Highlanders (10-5) host Hartford on Tuesday and Rambo said it would be great if they could have a four-game winning streak heading into Christmas Break.

"It would be huge to get to 11 wins and keep the momentum going," Rambo said. "Hopefully turn the corner. We all know what happened last year after the break. We went on a big run with big wins over Alpena, Omaha, Green Forest and Berryville. We are kind of hoping for the same thing here."

Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Kingston 49, Eureka Springs 37

The Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders led by seven points at halftime, but only scored eight points in the second half en route to Friday's homecoming loss.

Emily Bird made two three-pointers in the first quarter for the Lady Highlanders and Katelyn Ross added another as Eureka Springs led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. Baskets by Gracie Lester and Grayson Ertel gave the Lady Highlanders a 29-22 halftime lead.

"The girls came out tonight and played a great first half," Eureka Springs coach Adam Brothers said. "We just couldn't put two halves together."

Baskets by Megan Holloway and Ross extended that lead to 11 early in the third quarter, but the Lady Yellowjackets went on a 21-0 run to take a 43-33 lead midway through the fourth quarter and get the victory.

"The girls have worked hard all year long and are getting better by the game," Brothers said. "If we can stay out of foul trouble and make good decisions on the offensive end, we should make an impact by tournament time."

Holloway finished the game with 12 points, while Ross had 11 and Lester scored eight.

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