Highlanders extend winning streak to 9 games

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

By Scott Loftis

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

The Eureka Springs Highlanders won their ninth consecutive game on Friday, picking up a 47-26 conference victory at Decatur.

Despite the 21-point margin of victory, Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said the Highlanders (23-5, 5-1 1A-1) didn’t play particularly well.

“It was kind of an ugly game,” Rambo said. “We guarded really well, but for whatever reason we seemed to be out of sync.”

Senior guard Garrett Cross scored 26 points to lead Eureka Springs, while senior forward Carter Drennon added 10.

Cross had 15 of the Highlanders’ 21 first-half points.

Decatur (2-14, 0-6) is a solid defensive team, Rambo said, and the Bulldogs’ physicality affected the Highlanders.

“We just couldn’t make a bucket,” he said.

Still, the Highlanders picked up a conference road win and stayed on course for a big game Friday at home against Flippin in a game that could decide the conference title.

The Bobcats (19-10, 7-0) handed Eureka Springs its only conference loss on Dec. 7, but the Highlanders weren’t fully healthy. With time to recuperate and a long break for the holidays, Eureka Springs has lost just one game since then.

“I think it’ll be a different game at our place,” Rambo said.

The Highlanders hosted St. Joe in a nonconference game Monday night.

GIRLS

Eureka Springs 52, Decatur 36

Junior guard Katelyn Ross made four three-pointers and scored 15 points as the Lady Highlanders recorded their 19th victory of the season.

Junior forward Megan Holloway added 12 points for Eureka Springs (19-11, 5-1).

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