Lady Highlanders improving quickly

Friday, November 16, 2018
Eureka Springs junior Megan Holloway makes a strong move to the basket in a game earlier this season. The Lady Highlanders are 5-6 this season.
David Bell / Carroll County News

By Scott Loftis

Ryan Sanchez knew that rebuilding the Eureka Springs girls basketball program wasn’t going to happen overnight. The Lady Highlanders, after all, had won just nine games combined over the previous three seasons.

“We’re building a foundation, creating a culture,” said Sanchez, a 1994 Eureka Springs graduate. “We know it’s going to take some time. But I’m impatient. I want it to happen right now.”

The Lady Highlanders won’t be state title contenders this season, but they are showing plenty of signs of progress. Friday’s 44-22 homecoming victory over Oark was Eureka Springs’ fourth victory on the court this season. Officially, the Lady Highlanders are 5-6, including a forfeit victory over Mount Judea.

“It was good to be back home, in front of our home crowd,” said Sanchez, whose team had dropped a pair of games earlier in the week against Greenland and Bergman in the Queens of the Court tournament at Green Forest.

Sanchez said his team spread the ball around against Oark.

“We were pretty balanced,” he said. “We finally made some open shots. We’re starting to put some things together.”

The Lady Highlanders continue to be led by junior post players Megan Holloway and Shelby Little, who give Eureka Springs a solid presence on the inside.

“When the guards can hit some outside shots, we can score,” Sanchez said.

The Lady Highlanders, who won at St. Paul on Oct. 25, will host the Lady Saints on Tuesday and will stay home to face Pea Ridge on Thursday before traveling to Berryville on Friday.

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