Highlanders shake off slow start, win at Cotter
By Scott Loftis
The Eureka Springs Highlanders played pretty good basketball before the holiday break. After almost three weeks off, though, they are playing even better.
The Highlanders clamped down on defense Friday, erased a second-quarter deficit and went on to win 66-35 in a conference game at Cotter.
“We got off to a really slow start,” Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. “They made seven three-pointers in the first half. That kind of let them hang around.”
In fact, Cotter led 25-18 after hitting four three-pointers early in the second quarter to cap a 17-3 run. But Eureka Springs scored the final nine points of the first half, then outscored the Warriors 18-5 in the
third quarter to build a 15-point lead.
The Highlanders held Cotter to five points again in the fourth quarter to turn the game into a rout.
“We were scoring early in the game,” Rambo said. “We just weren’t getting stops. We finally got some stops.”
Senior guard Garrett Cross scored 15 to lead four players in double figures for Eureka Springs (21-5, 4-1 2A-1). Senior forward Carter Drennon added 13 points, while senior guard Griffin Taylor had 11 and freshman guard Matthew Lester scored 10.
The victory was the seventh in a row for the Highlanders, who haven’t lost since Dec. 13.
“We’re healthy, finally,” Rambo said. “I think we’re finally gelling. We’re definitely playing at a high level.”
Eureka Springs will host Kingston on Tuesday night.
Cotter 57, Eureka Springs 52
The Lady Highlanders suffered their first conference loss, as Cotter rallied in the fourth quarter to win a matchup of conference leaders.
Eureka Springs led 37-26 in the third quarter before Cotter (9-11, 5-0 2A-1) rallied to tie the score. The Lady Highlanders regained the advantage at 44-41 going into the fourth quarter but made just three baskets from the floor the rest of the way.
Junior forward Megan Holloway had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Highlanders (17-11. 4-1). Junior guard Katelyn Ross made three three-pointers and finished with 11 points. Junior forward Shelby Little had four points, seven rebounds and five assists.