Highlanders keep busy schedule
By Scott Loftis
The Eureka Springs Highlanders will get a long holiday break soon. But before that happens, they’re cramming in a lot of basketball.
The Highlanders played at Bruno-Pyatt on Monday night and will host Union Christian Academy on Tuesday night. That will cap a stretch of five games in six nights and six games in eight nights for Eureka Springs.
The Highlanders (16-5) won three of the first four games in that stretch. After a 51-29 victory over Decatur on Tuesday, Dec. 11, they lost to Deer 62-51 on Thursday in the Western Grove tournament, then bounced back to beat Arkansas Arts Academy 77-19 at home on Friday night, then went back to Western Grove on Saturday and defeated Jasper 44-24.
“We’re going to stay busy,” Highlanders coach Brian Rambo said. “It’s a good time to do that with the break coming up.”
The break will be welcomed, however, for a team that is battling some injuries. Senior forward Carter Drennon has returned from an ankle injury that sidelined him for several games but Rambo said he isn’t completely healed. Senior guard Griffin Taylor missed one game with a shoulder injury and freshman guard Matthew Lester has a broken nose, although he isn’t expected to miss any game action.
“We basically just put a piece of tape on it,” said Rambo, who added that Lester saw a doctor on Monday. “They said he’ll be fine. He’s a tough young man.”
Still, a 17-day break will give the Highlanders a chance to rest and recuperate.
“We’re kind of battered right now,” Rambo said. “The break is going to come at a good time for us.”
Senior guard Garrett Cross continues to be the Highlanders’ most consistent scorer. Cross had 26 points against Arkansas Arts Academy, 27 in the loss to Deer and 16 in the victory over Jasper. Jackson Cross added 12 points and Slade Clark had 11 against Arkansas Arts Academy, while Drennon scored 11 and Taylor added 10 in the victory over Jasper.
The Lady Highlanders lost to Rural Special by a score of 64-46 on Wednesday in the Western Grove tournament, but they bounced back with one victory on the court and another in the scorebook.
Eureka Springs was awarded a forfeit victory over Arkansas Arts Academy on Friday, then defeated the host team 59-42 on Saturday to close out the Western Grove tournament.
Junior Megan Holloway led a balanced offense in the loss to Rural Special will 11 points while juniors Katelyn Ross and Shelby Little added 10 points apiece. Holloway had 11 rebounds and junior Gracie Lester grabbed 10.
Little and Holloway scored 17 points each in the victory over Western Grove, with Holloway grabbing 11 rebounds and Little six. Ross made four three-pointers and scored 15 points and freshman Olivia Cross had six rebounds.
The Lady Highlanders (13-10) played at Bruno-Pyatt on Monday and will host Union Christian Academy on Tuesday.