Highlanders dominate Hornets

Friday, November 16, 2018

By Scott Loftis

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said the first two minutes of the Highlanders’ Homecoming game against Oark on Friday were pretty sloppy.

That didn’t last long.

The Highlanders overcame the slow start with a flourish, scoring 25 points in the first quarter and 23 more in the second on the way to a 62-21 victory.

Senior point guard Garrett scored a game-high 20 points for the Highlanders. Senior guard Branden Horinek added 16 and senior forward Slade Clark had 10.

Eureka Springs (7-2) led 48-14 at halftime.

“The first two minutes, it got really sloppy,” Rambo said. “After that, we settled down and played pretty well.”

Against an opponent that was clearly outmatched, Rambo said he wanted his team to focus on its own performance.

“We can only control what we can control,” he said. “I tell our players: ‘It’s not what other teams do against us. It’s us doing what we do.’ After we got into a rhythm, we imposed our will on them and did what we do.”

The Highlanders will host St. Paul on Tuesday and Pea Ridge on Thursday before visiting Berryville on Friday for the Bobcats’ opening game of the season.

Eureka Springs has been playing without 6-4 senior forward Carter Drennon, the Highlanders’ top interior player. Rambo had hoped Drennon would return in time for the Berryville game but said Monday that he might be out a bit longer.

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