Eureka Springs beats Decatur on Senior Night
The Eureka Springs Highlanders had a memorable senior night on Friday, as the Highlanders defeated Decatur, 50-28.
"It was a good way to send our seniors out with a win," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "Decatur is a team that always scares me and so I was glad to see us come out and take care of business."
A three-pointer from Garrett Cross accounted for the only points Eureka Springs scored in the first quarter. The Bulldogs led 8-3.
"We went down there on Wednesday and ran every set at them," Rambo said. "We had to. Tonight we ran them again and we didn't get nothing. They watched film. They knew what was coming and so it took us a while to get going."
Eureka Springs opened the second quarter on a 13-0 run, and a Carter Drennon dunk gave the Highlanders momentum.
"We came out, hit a three and then Carter got that dunk, which really got us going," Rambo said. "It's amazing how you can flip the switch. Just go from being lethargic, not attacking and being passive. And then, all of a sudden, we just got after them."
The Highlanders led 25-12 at halftime. Drennon scored six points in the third quarter and Cross added five. Eureka Springs extended its lead to 36-17 going into the fourth quarter.
"I thought our defensive intensity was amazing," Rambo said. "When we finally decided we were going to guard them, we got after them. We did a great job with the screens and took them out of rhythm offensively. They had a hard time putting the ball in the hole. They got a few junk points early, but our defense carried us."
Cross finished with 23 points, while Drennon had eight and Slade Clark had seven.
Rambo is very proud of Dalton Arnold, Brandon Ray and Justin Lemme, the three seniors who played their final home game on Friday night.
"If you take those three kids right there, you are talking about all-American, all-around kids," Rambo said. High ACT scores. High-character kids. Those are the kinds of kids that are going to go out and make an immediate impact on society. They are going to do great things. They are going to make great role models. As a coach, I have been blessed to have those guys around me for five years."
On Tuesday, Eureka Springs (16-10) will play at Mountainburg. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Eureka Springs 58, Decatur 43
The Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders didn't have any seniors playing their final home game, but the win meant plenty to the team, as Eureka Springs got its first conference win on Friday.
It took six minutes for the Lady Highlanders to score their first basket of the game. Grayson Ertel and Gracie Lester made those baskets back-to-back and Eureka Springs led 5-4 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Highlanders opened up the second quarter on an 8-2 run. Megan Holloway scored six of those points. Katelyn Ross made back-to-back three-pointers and the Lady Highlanders led 23-14 at halftime.
Eureka Springs opened the third quarter on a 14-2 run and led 46-26 going into the fourth quarter. Holloway led the Lady Highlanders with 23 points, while Ertel had 16 points and Lester had 10.