Highlanders ready for postseason play
The Eureka Springs Highlanders were awarded the No. 2 seed entering next week’s 2A-4 West district tournament at Johnson County Westside. The Highlanders will play at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday against either Danville, Hackett or Johnson County Westside.
Highlanders coach Brian Rambo is glad to be the No. 2 seed, but he hasn't seen any of the three teams play.
"We don't know what we are getting into," Rambo said. "The travel is long. It's a one-game playoff from here on out."
Danville is the No. 3 seed and the Little Johns enter the district tournament with a 14-8 record. Hackett is the No. 6 seed and has an 11-15 record. Johnson County Westside is the No. 7 seed and the Rebels are 3-21.
"Danville has been on a pretty good run," Rambo said. "They won their blended conference. I will go down and watch them and the winner of Hackett and Johnson County Westside. Then I will have a better idea of what we are getting into. It's just one of those things where we are in, you just have to play loose. Play with confidence. Trust your preparation and get it done."
Ice forced the Highlanders to miss practice on Wednesday. Rambo wasn't concerned, though.
"We are used to that," Rambo said. "At this point in the season, there isn't much different you can do. You want to stay sharp. You want to stay injury-free. You want to stay in shape. That's what we are trying to accomplish right now. Limited practice time hurts us a little bit, but when you are 27 games into the season, you really don't have any excuse. It affected everybody, not just us. Hopefully we will play well tomorrow night and get some momentum going into the tournament next week."
On Friday, Eureka Springs (16-10) travels to Mountainburg for its final regular-season game of the year.
"They are pretty good and have played some quality opponents," Rambo said. "They are really athletic. They shoot the ball well. It's a road game, so that's a good test for us. They aren't very big, so we should have a size advantage. We are going to have to go in there and shoot the ball well against their zone, but if we shoot well and get stops, we will be just fine."
Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Lavaca is the No. 1 overall seed, while Magazine is No. 4 and Mountainburg is No. 5.