Highlanders hit break on four-game streak
By Scott Loftis
On one hand, the Eureka Springs Highlanders limped their way into Christmas break, with several players fighting nagging injuries.
“We’re banged up right now,” coach Brian Rambo said. “We’ve got guys limping around. We’re the walking dead right now.”
On the other hand, the Highlanders likely won’t get much sympathy from Bruno-Pyatt or Union Christian Academy, the two teams that Eureka Springs beat by a combined 68 points on Monday and Tuesday to close out a four-game winning streak going into the break.
On Monday, the Highlanders beat Bruno-Pyatt 75-49 on the road. Senior guard Garrett Cross led three Highlanders in double figures with 23 points. Senior forward Carter Drennon added 17 and senior guard Griffin Taylor had 14.
The next night, the Highlanders were back at home, cruising to a 60-18 victory over Union Christian Academy. Cross scored 19, while Taylor added 14 and senior forward Slade Clark had 12.
“I think we had a little bit of energy in those two games, imposed our will and kind of got back to who we were,” Rambo said.
Eureka Springs (18-5) won’t play again until it hosts Mountainburg on Jan. 4. Rambo said the coaches and players will take a break to rest, recuperate and enjoy Christmas with their families, with no organized practice for a while.
“We’ll have some open gym,” he said. “We can use the break.”
The Lady Highlanders picked up two more wins, getting credit for a forfeit victory on Monday against Bruno-Pyatt before beating Union Christian 49-26 at home on Tuesday.
The Lady Highlanders led Tuesday’s game 19-3 at the end of the first quarter and 33-9 at halftime.
Junior forwards Shelby Little and Megan Holloway led the way for Eureka Springs. Little had 18 points and nine rebounds and Holloway added 10 points and five rebounds. Freshman guard Olivia Cross scored 11 points.
Eureka Springs, which has won three games by forfeit, carries a 15-10 record into the break. The Lady Highlanders are 3-0 in 2A-1 conference games.